Coming down with a bad case of cabin fever in anticipation of three days of rain forecast for Austin, I headed down to explore Rockport. How bad could it be? Most of my experience in Texas storms has been scattered cells, they might drop inches of precip but move on quickly. Little did I know what was waiting off the coast!
It's my first visit to Rockport. There is so much to do within a 20 mile radius I'm sure I will be visiting often. The gal working the kiosk at the Beach Park couldn't have been sweeter and she clearly loved Rockport, even in the 25 mile per hour wind!
Rockport Beach is 'man-made', about a mile long with piers at each end that resemble open arms reaching out into the ocean.
The storm was still aways off shore when I arrived so I took a long walk along the beach roads. There is a very cool 'salt water pool' for swimming, it's open to the ocean, though, and that means alligators can swim there too!
A traffic cop pelican was fighting the wind to stay upright on his post. While his comrades were hanging out on the island.
These little birds were not on my Texas bird 'cheat sheet'. I really am going to get the Bird app on my iPhone soon.
When the storm got worse they huddled together in groups standing in the swallow water.
The storm that blew in that night brought flash flood warnings and many inches of precip. It was parked over south Texas and not moving on. Still raining hard the next morning. I shopped at Walmart and Bealls, not much else to do in that kind of weather. I did drive along the beach just to check it out. Several low areas were flooded; it was fresh water, not from the ocean.
Finally, maybe 2 pm, the storm moved on to Austin, thank goodness! I went out for a walk, it was still really windy and my legs were beat from walking into that kind of wind.
Later I went out again to see the sky at sunset.
It was fabulous, so many layers of color!
I watched this 'sky shark' until he disappeared into the night...
Saturday morning, I had coffee with a fellow blogger. Barney (Old Fat Man Adventures) knows the Gulf like the back of his hand and now I know all the best places for my next visit!