Terry and I spent yesterday dropping off sample bundles of the Gypsy Journal at RV parks in Port Aransas and Corpus Christi, and running some errands. From Aransas Pass, there are two ways to get to Corpus Christi, by way of the Nueces Bay Causeway, or the longer route via Port Aransas to Padre Island to the south side of Corpus Christi. The longer route is more scenic, and since we were going to the south side of town, involved less driving in the city itself.. Maybe we’ve just been in small towns for a while now and are not used to city traffic, but driving there is always hectic and stressful. Folks just don’t seem very courteous and we’re on edge every moment we spend there.
Besides, that way we got to ride the free ferry from Aransas Pass to Port Aransas on Mustang Island. The short ferry ride is fun, and we usually see dolphins as we cross to the island. This time around there was a pod of five or six swimming around the ferry landing. Depending on the time of day and the day of the week, there are usually three or four ferries operating, and the wait isn’t very long.
We really do not like Corpus Christi
We’re always on the lookout for something to give us a chuckle, and at one RV park where we stopped, we spotted a fifth wheel cargo trailer that someone had made into an RV, with this funny painting on the front of it. We didn’t meet the owners, but I’ve just got to figure someone who would have this on their rig must be a hoot to get to know.
As I mentioned a while back, my kayak just does not fit me right, which reinforces what we had heard before we started our shopping – never buy a kayak until you actually paddle it. We learned that very few shops will let you do that. The place where we bought our kayaks had an indoor swimming pool, where I was able to get a feel for the boat in the water, but that is really no comparison to what to expect when you are actually out in a lake or river.
It’s a great boat, an Ocean Kayak Trident Angler model, all outfitted for fishing, but the rod storage pod in the center of the boat makes it too cramped for my chubby little legs. So I have decided to either trade it in or sell it, and replace it with something that will fit me better.
We stopped at Jerry B’s Kayak Sales in Corpus Christi, and I found a couple of boats that I thought would fit me better. The shop’s owners, Jerry and Debi Book, are a very nice couple and had a nice selection of kayaks on display. Since they do not carry the Ocean Kayak line of boats, they were not interested in trading, but Debi insisted that I try paddling the two boats I was interested in. I told her I needed to sell my present boat before I could replace it, and that we were leaving the area in a couple of days, so there was no need for them to go to all of that trouble.
“No, I want you to try the boats,” Debi said. “That way no matter where you decide to buy, you’ll know how the boat fits you and won’t make the same mistake again.” Now, how nice is that? How many businesses will go to all of that trouble for a person who is almost surely not going to make a purchase from them?
So Jerry loaded the two boats I was interested in into his pickup and we drove a few blocks to the bay, where I spent a half hour or so paddling them. Both boats were 12 foot models, a Heritage Redfish and a Wilderness Tarpon. Both handled beautifully and gave me much more leg room than my present kayak.
I really appreciate Debi and Jerry’s customer oriented attitude, and if you are anywhere in the Texas Coastal Bend and are interested in kayaks, I highly recommend them. They also have rentals available, so you can try paddling if you’re new to the sport! If you’re like us, I think you’ll be hooked
Back at the bus, I tried to list my kayak on the local Craig’s List free online classifieds, but they require a local telephone number to sell a boat, for some reason. Anybody in the market for a like new fishing kayak?
My buddy Chris Guld from Geeks on Tour is helping me with a new design for the blog that will make it easier for readers to leave comments, and help folks find us easier with online search engines. We hope to take the new blog format live very soon, but in the meantime, here is a link to what we have come up with. I’d appreciate your input. Check out our new blog format. I am also working on some other internet projects that I’m looking forward to sharing with you soon.
Thought For The Day – The difference between greatness and mediocrity is often how an individual views a mistake.