Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Glad we got out yesterday...


Hot, windy, and humid today... with dirt blowing in the wind.  It ain't pretty.  One weather weasel called it, "25 gusting to 21"... really, I am not making that up.  Currently, they are calling it "SSE at 26 gusting to 33."  The temp is 83º, but will be over 100º further in the Valley.  Small Craft Advisory due to the wind.

I am calling it: fugly.

I went out in the blowing dirt to put the cover on the boat - trying to keep that fine sand from getting in every nook and cranny.  Pretty sure we have plenty of nooks, but not that many crannies.

I had thoughts of getting out on the scoots today.  That will just remain a thought, not a realization.

They can't all be like yesterday.  They are calling for "another cold front" this weekend.  We can hope.  ;-)


Monday, April 24, 2017

A day off...


No, we're still not working.

One of the prettiest days yet since we've been home: cool temps, light wind, and hazy sunshine.  After a leisurely lunch at Pier 19, Joan asked if we could find some pelicans... from the boat.  We are not seeing as many pelicans since we've been back, and those that we're seeing are juveniles.

As usual, heading out the canal...


I took us to the "Y" where the Port Isabel Channel meets the Brownsville Ship Channel - and a bird sanctuary...


Not a pelican, a Great Blue Heron...


Quite a few juvenile pelicans on the shoreline...


While looking at the birds, we got our first view of this...


OK, I guess we're dolphin watching, now... I mean, they did come to us.


Joan asked, "Do you want me to take the helm so you can shoot photos?"

"Sure."






"Where to?"

"You're driving."

About that time, several came right up alongside the boat...





We enjoyed their company for a while, then headed towards the jetties at South Padre Island.



A pelican...



The water was particularly beautiful today, getting more turquoise as we got closer to the Gulf...




No other boats around until we got into the jetties area...





Momma and a baby...


A day without tail is like a day without sunshine...



The Jetties are the huge rocks along the shore that define the Brazos-Santiago Channel; the water that separates the southern end of South Padre Island from Boca Chica Beach to the south.


Looking across the jetties, you can see some kite surfers (well, their kites)...


Heading for home, Joan wanted to kick back, so I took the helm...



It was a lovely down-wind cruise back home, wrapping up a gorgeous day on the water.  The weasels are predicting hotter temps and more wind the rest of the week; we have to take advantage of this cool stuff when we can.

Coming in our canal, we saw two black, orange and yellow birds flitting along the greenery on the side of the canal...


A Black-Headed Grosbeak, I think.  If anyone has a good ID on it, let me know.


Sunday, April 23, 2017

On Deck...


Not an alarm like: All hands on deck!

The weather weasels were predicting thunderstorms for last night and this morning.  Didn't happen.  It was windy, with north winds in the 20s, and cloudy.  A good morning for lounging.

We all have different routines when we're home... as shown by our boating and dolphin watching.  Izzy seems to prefer staying inside when she's home.  She has a tower by a large window looking out towards the canal, where she can keep an eye on things.  But, she has no interest in walks on the leash when we're home.  To make sure she gets some outdoor time, we let her out on the deck when we can be out there with her.

The frontal passage moved on through by noon, leaving behind sunshine, clear blue sky, a north wind in the low teens, and temps in the low 70s... a refreshing cool change (Hey, that would make a good boat name!).  Little Izzy let me know she wanted to go outside...


I sat out there with her, taking in the lovely cool afternoon.



She did hop down from the chair and walk around a bit; even contemplated how to circumvent the "kitty gate" on the steps down from the deck...


Can't say I blame her - it is lovely out there.  I think I am at least partially responsible for that: I put the cover on the boat last night, in anticipation of the predicted thunderstorms...


Yep, blue sky and sunshine.

:-)


Saturday, April 22, 2017

Dolphin-palooza!


Less wind today.  Abundant sunshine.  A few degrees cooler, and maybe less humid.  About the only thing that would make this day even better: some dolphins.

Heading out on the boat, the water is much calmer than yesterday...


Our first view of dolphins before we got to the turning basin...


We stayed in this area for a half hour or so, watching the dolphin activity...





Some fishermen on this boat went close by the dolphins, but they slowed down - one in a row...


Yes, that is our island in the background - we hadn't gone far.





We decided to head for the ship channel to take a look around.  Wearing my new HUK shirt...



Joan said, "They must have done some 'spring cleaning' - that shrimper is looking good!"


Look to the front of the boat - a dolphin bow surfing...


We found a bunch of dolphins in this area...





Yes, they came up to our boat...



These guys didn't slow down, but they didn't run right over the top of them...


Another shrimper that has been "spiffed up"...






Back to the dolphins...


That is South Padre Island in the background...


A full breach!  Um... all I got was the splash...


But, we both saw it.



They ran along with us as we made our way back towards home...




I was surprised that there weren't more boats out there today.  We really didn't see any other boats besides those fishermen and the shrimpboats.  All this time with the dolphins, and not another boat around.  Time to wave good-bye to them...


Back around the island, and into the canal, heading for home.



Nice day.  Easy running.  We've been out about 4 1/2 hours between yesterday and today, and only used 2 gallons of gas.  Pretty inexpensive entertainment.