Way back several months ago we made the 8 hour (6 hours for a normal family) pilgrimage to Port Aransas for a week of sun, ocean, and fish. The drive down wasn’t too terribly bad. The expected bathroom break and leg stretch every hour and Zoe and Grayson wasn’t bad. It was the traffic in Austin. After the 157th bathroom break we ended up hitting 5pm traffic in Austin and I wasn’t smart enough to take the toll road around town. Smart or too cheap.
After finally arrived at the beach house just before dark and immediately made a bee line for the beach. Zoe was so excited. She has been to the ocean before but was too young to remember it, so it was made my day to see her smile and talking about all the sand.
The next morning we found out that our plans were being spoiled by rain so to make the best of it we decided to drive over to Corpus Christi and hit up the aquarium.
Checking out the end of dolphin show.
Touching a stingray
When I was a kid we came to the aquarium and looked out these same telescopes. It was cool that I was able to enjoy this with Zoe.
We finally made it in the water the second day. It was still cloudy and a bit chilly, but we didn’t come to sit inside all week.
Mimi and Pawpaw with Grayson
Feeding the fish
Pawpaw playing in the sand
Grayson was trying to pick up chicks.
We spent the afternoon hanging out inside and the went into town for dinner. It was my birthday after all. We tried out a new place that had opened since we were last here. Port A Brew House. It was ok.
On Monday, the sun finally came out and we spent the better part of the day enjoying the water.
Zoe and Mimi munching on some chips.
Now it’s not really a tradition, but more times than not when we visit the coast, Dad (Pawpaw), will go deep sea fishing. I went with him one time when I was 13 or so and I know my sister went with him once. Most of the time it was him. Stephanie had never been, so we decided to make a day of it.
It takes about 4 hours to get out far enough but it is well worth the wait and the fish a waiting.
Dad caught the biggest fish between the three of us.
Stephanie made it really clear that she wasn’t going to bait her hook or take the fish off. She soon realized that if she was going to do any fishing, she was going have to grow a pair and suck it up. She did and was rewarded.
Someone caught a hammerhead shark.
Inside the cabin after a long day
On Wednesday, the 4th of July, Dad played golf in the morning and we made it back to the beach and even went to the pool. That evening we went to the other side of the island but the ferry docks to watch some fireworks.
We got there pretty early so Zoe and I took the crab net out to see what we could catch. Unfortunately, I didn’t realize how short the rope was and our crabbing adventures were over before they even started.
The week went by fast and before we knew it, it was over. So it was one final trip to see the water until next time.