Time to Fess Up

Saturday, 2 August 2014
Gulf Waters RV Resort  — Port Aransas, Texas
Temps: LO 78F (26C) / Hi 83F (28C)

We left the RV park at NAS Corpus Christi and moved to our own site at Gulf Waters RV Resort (GWRVR) on Monday.  We’re back in Port Aransas, Texas … home sweet RV Pad!  It definitely feels like we’re back home now.

The temperature here was cooler this week — it didn’t go above 90F (32F).  And with the breeze, it felt much cooler.  I am on the patio at the moment — in fact, the picture to the right is the view from my chair.  It’s 7:00p and the temp is 82F (28C).  The weather website says it feels like 87F (31F).  Maybe in the sun.  But I’m here to tell you that it sure feels a lot cooler in the shade — I wouldn’t be lying if I said that a light sweater wouldn’t go amiss right about now.

Of course, today’s comfortable weather is due to a cold front that brought rain to the area this morning — much needed rain, I might add.  I’m sure things will warm up soon enough and I won’t be singing such a cheery tune.  Then again, who knows with Mother Nature anymore?  Everyone in Port A told us the winter was unusually cold the first four months we were here.  Maybe summer will follow suit ;-)

Those of you who know me personally — and readers of long standing — know that I can’t abide hot temperatures.  Combine that with humidity, and I’m pretty much hiding indoors round the clock.  If that's the case, why on earth would we be in Texas in the summer?  Several readers suggested in comments left on the previous post that we should turn the Phaeton’s nose north and get out of dodge.  Well, it’s time to fess up and tell you why we’re here and why we’re staying put.

Left: A hibiscus bloom from our overgrown hedge;
it sure went wild while we were gone for a month and a half.

Right: Ring-billed gull with a treat!
(I haven’t been taking photos, so I got a little desperate and dug into the archives.)

We’re here because we need to plan and prepare for our next multi-month vacation!  Yup, another non-Phaeton trip is looming on the horizon.  This one will be a winter trip — some might say a summer trip since we will be heading into the southern hemisphere.  I’ll share the details later, but a big part of this vacation will be a road trip around New Zealand — six weeks to be precise.  Road trips in an unfamiliar country require lots and lots of research and planning — much of it on the computer.  Which is why being in a hot spot in Texas is really not so onerous.

As it turns out, it’s a good thing we’re at our home-pad since I’m here all by myself — at least for the next 9 days.  You see, we got a call yesterday that Mui’s brother-in-law had passed away during the wee hours of the day (Turkey is 8 hours ahead of us).  He woke me up at 5:00a to give me the sad news.  Ergin had been quite ill and bedridden for a while now, so his passing wasn't entirely a surprise — but sad nonetheless.

So, Mui flew out of Houston last night and is at his sister’s house in Eski┼čehir already — that’s a 50-minute plane ride from Corpus Christi + a 7-hour layover in Houston + an 11-hour plane ride to ─░stanbul + a 1-hour layover there + a 1-hour plane ride to Ankara + a 3-4 hour layover at the bus station + a 3-hour bus ride to his final destination.  He called me at 4:45p CDT today; 00:45a his time on Sunday — I’ll let you do the math on how long his trip took!  The funeral is Monday, so he made it there in time to offer moral support.

It was bad enough dealing with an emergency that had overseas ramifications without Mui having to worry about me staying behind in the Phaeton in some unfamiliar campground somewhere.  Sometimes the decisions we make turn out to be a good thing for more than the reason for which the decision was made initially.


  1. That is sure a long trip home, but I am sure his sister appreciates his presence at such a difficult time.

  2. So sad to hear this news, but Mui needed to get there, no matter what the distance. Family first!

  3. Sorry for your loss. Hope Mui is home again with you soon.

  4. So sorry to hear the reason for Mui's trip. I agree, that sometimes our decisions really do turn out to be the best thing for reasons that aren't always known to us.

  5. Very sad news about Mui's brother in law. Our condolences. Wow, that was a harsh travel schedule.

    What a wonderful trip you are planning! We did Australia for four weeks in 2012 and had a blast! New Zealand is on our list at some future time.

    Enjoy your gorgeous view while you plan your trip. Tomorrow morning we're heading to Galveston and will tour the Space Center in Houston on Monday and Tuesday.

    Take care, Erin.

  6. So sorry about the loss of Mui's brother in law. I know you two well enough to know how important family is for you, and that you do put family first. It is a treasure that you have such a close family even at such long distances. I can only imagine what a comforting presence Mui will be for his sister. Also I am quite happy that you are safely ensconced at your home pad for the duration. New Zealand!!! My friend Maryruth is going there in November on the Solstice. After reviewing her itinerary, and then looking at Mo's photo albums of her time there, I know I would never want to just pass by quickly on a cruise ship. Six weeks on the road sounds perfect!

  7. So sorry to hear about Mui's brother passing, yes things have a way of working out the way they are suppose to.

    Sounds like a wonderful trip, makes sense to be in GWRVR to do the extensive research required.

  8. Sorry to hear about the sad reason for such a grueling trip for Mui. But I'm glad that he was able to get there so quickly to be with his family in their grief. It is pause for marvel when things fall into place in ways in which we really had no hand. Happy planning! I love planning trips and New Zealand is SO exciting.

  9. So sorry to hear about Mui's brother-in-law. I'm sure his family will appreciate his efforts to get there. New Zealand, huh? Can't wait.

  10. Sad to hear about a death in the family, but glad Mui was able to get there to lend his support. Sounds like it was one loooong trip for him. Glad to hear that you're having a cool time planning your next adventure. New Zealand will be a very fun trip. I'll be looking forward to your beautiful photos. Hey, post all the archive photos you want, they're all so fun to see I never tire of seeing them!! Happy to hear that you're back at your pad.

  11. So sorry to hear your sad news. I'm glad Mui was able arrive in time to support his sister and family.

    Enjoy planning for your next adventure. Sound like a wonderful six week trip. Definitely the way to see a country.

  12. Karen and I want to express our condolences on the passing of Mui's brother-in-law. We are glad that you were able to get back "home" to a place of familiarity while he is gone.

  13. Our prayers for comfort and peace are for you and Mui. We are so very sorry for your loss. Praying for safe travels for Mui.

    How exciting to plan a nice long vacation in a new place. Looking forward to hearing the details.

  14. You are right sometimes things just fall in place at the right time. And you are in the right area to be close by an Int'l airport, less hassle for Mui to fly.
    Wow another trip! You must love planning, as all your trip do require some amount of time and patience. Now I know why you are again placing Phae back to storage in the next few months.