Beaches And Books

 Posted by at 1:31 am  Nick's Blog
Feb 012012

Sometimes when I’m trying to figure out a problem and get stuck, I find that if I step away from it for a while I come back with a whole new perspective, or the answer may even come to me when I’m doing something else entirely. So it was with the formatting problem I was having with my new book, Big Lake Lynching. I wrestled with it for hours on Monday evening with no luck and finally gave up and went to bed. Sometime during the middle of night the solution came to me, and yesterday morning it only took an hour or so to complete the task. I uploaded the book about 11:30 A.M. and by 6 P.M. it was live on the Amazon Kindle bookstore. I put a notice on Facebook and sent out an e-mail to some of my regular readers, and by the end of the evening I had already sold twenty copies. Check it out, I think you’ll like it. I owe a very big thank you to my friend Dale Roberts for designing the beautiful cover for me, and to Miss Terry and my friends Chris Yust and Kathe Kirkbride for the many hours they put in proofreading the new book and making suggestions to make it even better.

Once I had the book uploaded, we drove into Aransas Pass to visit with our friends Earl and Sami Aeverman for a while, and then we drove out the causeway to take the free ferry across to Port Aransas on Mustang Island. It was a busy day but they had four ferries running, so we only had to wait about fifteen minutes to board.

Ferry ramp

The ferries can carry anything from passenger cars to motorhomes or even an eighteen wheeler. Here is a school bus offloading.

Bus offloading

They have added a couple of new ferries since we were here last. Here is one of the new boats.


It was also a busy day in the water. This big oceangoing ship passed our bow while we were loading.

Ship passing ferry

It’s a short ride across the water to the island and once we offloaded we drove out to the beach. You can drive on the beach at Port Aransas, and you can even camp there if you want to. I’ve always wanted to camp on the beach just so I could sleep with the windows open, listening to the surf all night long.

Port Aransas beach

There were quite a few motorhomes parked on the hard sand, as well as some fifth wheels.

Dutch Star

RVs on beach

Fiver on beach

Boondocking fiver

These folks were just enjoying the day, sitting outside their pickup camper. I told Terry I could have a wonderful day just sitting in my Strongback chair reading my Kindle on the beach. Doesn’t that sound relaxing?

Truck camper on beach

Just walking down the beach holding hands with my baby would be fun too.

Couple holding hands

Terry was busy with her camera taking pictures in every direction. She was fascinated by these birds, and when she looked them up online later, she discovered that they are Black Skimmers.

Bird flock

Beach bird 2

Birds everywhere!

Bird flock 2

Birds flying.

Birds in flight

Birds walking.


Birds everywhere.

Tern 2

We also discovered this strange looking jellyfish. I’ve seen a lot of  jellyfish in my time, but this one seemed thicker and was shaped differently than anything I’ve seen before.


Jellyfish 3

Did I mention that there was a lot of ship traffic out on the water?

Ship going out

Ship inbound

This pilot boat was headed back to port, moving quickly so the professional pilot could get onto the next cargo carrier he was scheduled to take out to sea.

Pilot boat

After an hour or so at the beach, we drove through town, and Terry took a picture of these two salty characters standing on a corner.

Port Aransas statues

We drove out to Mustang Island State Park, where our friends Barry and Jan Kessler are workamping. Jan was on duty at the gate and greeted us with a big smile and lots of hugs.

Mustang Island sign 2

Jan Kessler

We pulled up in front of their Excel fifth wheel, where Barry was waiting for us with their two dogs, and I got my puppy fix.

Puppy fix

Mustang Island has an RV park as well as miles of beaches where you can camp in anything from tents to RVs. Barry and Jan have been volunteering here for several seasons now and love it. With the ocean right behind them and a combined 24 hour a week commitment in exchange for their full hookup site, what’s not to like?

Mustang Island campground


We visited with Barry and Jan for a while, then the four of us drove to a nice little place called the Island Italian Restaurant for dinner. We haven’t seen our friends in several years, so it was nice to have some time to visit and catch up on everything that’s been happening in their lives and ours since we saw them last.

It was about 8 P.M. by the time we got back to our motorhome, and we spent the evening trying to get online with the terrible Verizon service here. It sure is frustrating.

Between the poor Verizon service, the rutted roads in the campground, and the pile driving machine that starts pounding early in the morning, this isn’t a pleasant place to be. But the good thing is, we have wheels under our house and if we don’t like the neighborhood or the neighbors, we can leave! And that’s just what we’re going to do. Today we’ll drive a little over 200 miles to Mission, where we will spend a couple of days visiting with our friends Ron and Brenda Speidel. We haven’t seen those two in way too long and we’re way overdue.

Thought For The Day – Sometimes when life doesn’t give us what we want, it is not because we don’t deserve it, but because we deserve so much more.

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  12 Responses to “Beaches And Books”

  1. Thanks for the ‘thank-you’…i can only take credit for proofing the first 11 chapters.

  2. Thanks for sharing all the pictures Nick. You probably don’t realize how nice it is to travel vicariously through the great pictures you and Terry post on the blog. Seeing pictures of beaches and waves diverts our attention for a short while from the snow on the ground here.

  3. Great pictures Terry!! We spent a week at Mustang Island State Park last September on our way thru TX back to AZ. It’s a great place to camp!!!

  4. Just downloaded the new book …… can’t wait to get started on it.
    Thanks for the great photos. Seeing the beach helps clear the wintertime blues.

  5. Thanks for the pictures. Even though we are winter TX we will probably never get to the beach area Great Pictures as always, it amazes me just how great they are. We are looking forward to seeing you later this week. Sorry you are only staying overnight. Drive safe and say hi to Brenda and Ron.

  6. Great photos combined with a good writing style. Takes me to a place where I can imagine the sounds and smells of the beach. Good job.

  7. I got my copy! Can hardly wait to start reading.

    Great photos of the beach. How fun it would be to camp right there listening to the waves. I liked the photo of the folks sitting in their chairs, enjoying the scenery. With all those birds overhead, might want to put up an umbrella!

  8. Nick, I also just downloaded Big Lake Lynching and expect it will be as entertaining as your first book. I hope that being a successfull author does not preclude you from still publishing the Gypsy Journal and holding the East and West coast rallys! lol

  9. When I go on line, I read my e mail, visit FB and then I save the best for last. I read your blog. Always great pictures and information. I downloaded Big Lake Lynching to my Android and look forward to getting into it this afternoon.

  10. Welcome to Mission – we love it here. It’s cloudy, but warm today. If you get bored (I can’t even imagine) – check out the World Birding Center. Bring your bikes & camera and just meander through the park.

    I downloaded your new book this morning, and am looking forward to getting into it this afternoon.

  11. Congrats on the new book! Can’t wait to finish what I am reading now and check it out. I almost lost my mind formatting one of my books. Glad you got it all figured out.

  12. Your mentioning of Strongback chairs reminded me I have not told you of my experience in Quartzsite last week. I purchased two Strongback chairs after your first review over a year ago. At Quartzsite around the old campfire one night mine broke and I ended up on the ground. The next day in the “big tent” I saw a Strongback rep and told him my story. He said bring it in and he would give me a new one. I did, and he did. Great to have a business stand behind their product.

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