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 Eskişehir already — that’s a 50-minute plane ride from Corpus Christi + a 7-hour layover in Houston + an 11-hour plane ride to İstanbul + 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.