Saturday, 23 August 2014
Gulf Waters RV Resort — Port Aransas, Texas
Temps: Hi 89F (32C) / LO 81F (27C)
Let’s see, where was I when I last posted on 10 August? Oh yes; Mui was still overseas, getting ready for his return trip to the US. And I was stuck in Port Aransas with an electrical problem. Luckily, a temporary solution was found to keep things going until the ATS (automatic transfer switch) could be replaced. I was able to share that information with Mui before he boarded the long, long flight back to Houston the next day.
His long travel day ended up being even longer than anticipated. First it was a one-hour weather delay leaving İstanbul; then it was storm-delays in the Houston area. As you can see from the above map, the Turkish Airlines flight had to go through some gyrations before a window in the passing storm allowed it to land at George Bush Intercontinental Airport. The good news — or so we thought initially — was that the storm had delayed his flight to Corpus Christi as well, so he managed to transfer to Hobby Airport in plenty of time. But then, that flight kept getting pushed back. Finally, at 10:30p, after having been on the go for 26 hours, he threw in the towel. He asked Southwest Airlines to transfer him to the first flight the next morning and he went to a nearby Marriott for a good night’s rest.
We’ve been busy since Mui touched down at Corpus Christi International at 10:30a on the 12th. Yes, planning our New Zealand trip has been part of that busy-ness, but Mui’s not one to sit for long, so he found some “projects” to do as well … overseeing the installation of the new ATS switch; replacing the motor for the windshield’s daytime MCD shade; trimming and pruning some of the overgrown plants around our pad; and keeping the lines with Amazon humming with this, that, and whatever.
Dale from Southern Style RV Service returned on 18 August to install the new ATS Switch.
[Sorry about the size of the photo; Mui’s camera was still set to shoot small jpegs!]
Mui also installed insulation in the cabinets and closet [thanks for the idea, Pam] — we’re already seeing positive results from this … the ice cream bowls aren’t dishwasher-hot and the chocolate bars are no longer gooey ;-) Oh, and he worked on one more project; but I am going to write about that separately so I can put the post on the Phaeton mods page.
The insulation may not look pretty, but it helps …
… to keep the worst of the heat out. And we think it will also help with the cold this winter.
Now what about those guests I mentioned in the post title. Well, it’s not what you think; and no, we weren’t rude to them by continuing to work on our projects ;-)
First came a baby turtle that was no more than 2½ inches (6 cm) long.
The baby turtle sought refuge under our rolling umbrella stand …
… but moved out from under it and headed towards the Yucca plant I
watered hoping to get it moving into the shade and off the concrete.
Eventually, it made its own way back to the pond that fronts our pad.
Next came a green heron … a juvenile by the looks of it.
Unlike the Great Blue Herons that frequent the pond to hunt,
this green heron was just interested in surveying his surroundings.
Oh, and I saw a pair of caracaras on the beach a couple of times. No photos, though; I leave the camera at home when we go out for our morning exercise walk.
And that’s a wrap for now; I’ll be back with a post about Mui’s latest Phaeton mod soon.