Happy New Year! We’re all starting the year with a clean slate, so forget those niggling little problems you’ve been dwelling on, get rid of that old baggage you’ve been carrying around, and concentrate on the good things in your life. I hope that 2009 holds much love, happiness, and good health for you and yours.
Good news for anybody looking for a way to make money on the road. My pal Jaimie Hall Bruzenak, author of the excellent workamping book Support Your RV Lifestyle, has teamed up with Workamper News’ Workamper University to present an online course titled How to Get Your First Workamping Job. Jaimie is a real pro when it comes to working on the road, and her book is the best I’ve ever read on the subject, so I know she has a lot of important knowledge to share with you. For more information on this great new program, visit http://www.workamper.com/university/workamper101/
The other day blog readers Jim and Nancy Tidball came by to look at my kayak, and Jim wanted to take it for a test paddle. So we drove the mile or so to the boat launch at Conn Brown Harbor to put the kayak in the water. The concrete ramp was very slippery, and Miss Terry managed to slip and dunked herself in the water from about the chest down.
Fortunately, the only thing bruised was her ego, and being a good sport, Terry had a laugh at herself. But in the process, her cell phone got soaked and died. Like many RVers, we use Verizon’s Nationwide One Rate plan for our cell phone service, and we can upgrade our telephones every two years. Terry was actually past due for her upgrade, so yesterday we drove to Corpus Christi and picked up a new phone.
We also stopped at Jerry B’s Kayak Sales and Rental again, and I have pretty much decided to go with the Wilderness Systems Tarpon 120 to replace my Ocean Kayak Prowler Angler, once I get it sold. I like the folks at Jerry B’s so much that I told Terry if I happen to sell my boat while we’re in Mission, I’d drive back in the van to buy the new boat from them.
We don’t like to be out on New Year’s Eve, with all of the people partying and then getting behind a steering wheel, so on our way back, we stopped for an early dinner at Fins Grill in Port Aransas, which was a bit spendy, but very good. The view out the restaurant’s huge waterfront windows was nice, and we enjoyed watching several huge ocean going freighters coming into port and going out to sea.
I’m not sure why there was so much commercial ship traffic, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many ships passing through in such a short period of time while we’ve been here. We counted five or six during our meal, and once we boarded the ferry to cross over to the mainland, the bulk carrier Lucas Oldendorff crossed in front of us and put out to sea. I sure wouldn’t have wanted to get too close to one of these floating behemoths when I was in my kayak!
If the weather cooperates, Terry and I will reluctantly leave Aransas Pass, Texas today and drive about 200 miles to Mission, where we will be spending a week or so. We have had a wonderful time here on the Texas Gulf Coast, and we know that we will be returning to this special place many times in the future. We hope to be able to enjoy the fulltime RV lifestyle for many, many more years. But if we had to hang up the keys today, the Rockport/Fulton and Aransas Pass area would be very high on our list of places to settle down.
Thought For The Day – Maturity has more to do with what types of experiences you’ve had, and what you’ve learned from them, than with how many birthdays you’ve celebrated.