Saturday, September 1, 2012
Labor Day Weekend 2012 "In Our Own Back Yard"
We have taken several vacations with Robert and Kathy and have always enjoyed the same things. They have a sailboat as well and know that you can't really set your plans in stone when they involve sailboats. We reviewed the weather forecast and made some plans. We have been having a heat wave here in South Texas and the nights, even on the water, have been quite warm. Our new amenities aboard Dos Libras have us spoiled... no hot nights filled with buzzing mosquitoes for us! We're using the AC! Unfortunately... last weekend, the alternator on the Genset went out and the new one won't be here until Wednesday next week... This means that we should seek nightly shore power.
Conn Brown Harbor and visit the new facilities there. We guessed it would only take us a little over an hour to get from our slip to Redfish Willies, so we essentially had all day to get there. We took a little detour before getting under way. Bruce and I showed R&C one of our favorite bike paths. Port A's Charlie's Pasture Nature Preserve makes a perfect morning ride.
We made up nearly half of the souls out enjoying this gem as we toured the path and spent some time up on the tower mentally mapping out the 360 degree view. We took the path by the Port A. City swimming pool on our way back. I think Bruce is trying to lure Robert to Port A by showing off all the perks.
We turned around and retraced our wake... heading for the Aransas Pass Channel which would take us to our destination for the evening. We routinely pass the entrance to this channel while sailing the Lydia Ann Channel. I've only travelled it's waters a few times so essentially, this was something new!
We devoured our lunch in the calm protected waters while we lazily rocked our way past families fishing and swimming off the banks.
We sailed past this place preparing for a wedding... hmmmmmm. Maybe Melissa should look into this!
Evidently the harbor was cleaned out and most of the derelict boats and docks were removed before the thing fell through. Now it is just sitting here waiting for someone else with some money to come along.
The small store carried some essentials and the check in process was quick and painless. We were WOWed by the "can do" attitude of all the staff we encountered. These people WANT us here! I so hope this place succeeds!
We each had a separate air conditioned shower room to ourselves. There are washing machines available for use by guests. Nice to know for a longer stay...
Redfish Willies has live music scheduled on selected weekends so call ahead or friend them on Facebook for more information.
We are thrilled to have such a close and fabulous new "destination" right in our own back yard!