Monday, May 19, 2008

Every Day's a Vacation...

in Matagorda, Texas.

John and I had a great time last week. We both agree it was our best vacation ever. We camped in our travel trailer at Matagorda Bay RV Park on the Colorado River, just a stone's throw from the Gulf of Mexico.

Each day I took a nice long walk on the beach. It's fascinating to me how it's always the same, yet ever changing. Here's what I mean:

Monday Morning

Tuesday Morning

One day we kayaked over to what we call The Wild Beach. It's just across the mouth of the river from our campsite. The only way to get to it, as far as I know, is to swim there or boat over. Besides us, there were only two surfers there that day and they weren't interested in searching for shells, so we had the place all to ourselves for beach combing.

We found some really nice whelks (some bigger than my hand) and this large murex.

The rest of our vacation was spent fishing. I even fished this time. I like to catch fish, but I will not take them off the hook because I'm afraid of getting poked by the fins. This makes me a burden to bring on a fishing trip, but John assured me he wouldn't mind at all. He bought me my own rod and reel and taught me everything he knows about fishing.

We caught lots of fish--about 20-25 apiece each day. Some were too small to keep and some we wouldn't eat, so most went back into the water. I picked out just a few of mine to show you.

Biggest Fish: 20" Gafftopsail Catfish

Smallest Fish

Yes, he's really hooked. I had a bigger fish on the line, but he got away. This guy was probably something he had just eaten.

Prettiest Fish: Mangrove Snapper

16" Speckled Trout

This one was a keeper. In fact, he will be supper tonight.

So, that's the abbreviated version of our week long vacation in Matagorda. Next time I'll show you the little bit of knitting I did while we were there.


  1. That sounds like a really nice vacation. I loved seeing all the photos of your fish.

  2. Beautiful and relaxing, plus you bring home dinner! What's not to love.

  3. Welcome back! Glad you had such a great time. Nothing like the seaside to recharge and put everything back into order!!!

  4. Ahh, I am jealous. That looks like so much fun. Thanks.

  5. Glad you had a nice time and got to fish. Fishing always seems so peaceful :) Great knitting time. Love seeing all the fish that didn't get away.

  6. Welcome home! That looks like a wonderful spot for both fishing and shell colllecting! (and knitting, of course)

  7. Looks blissful. I love the smallest fish. ; ) Glad you had fun.

  8. I don't often get to the beach in land-locked Wyoming, but I sure do enjoy your photos. The tiny fish photo is a hoot. Thanks for the giggle.

  9. Sounds like a good time was had by all except for the fish! lol! Love the biggest/smallest fish photo's.
    I'm not much of a fish eater but I think your trout will make a fantastic meal!

  10. It is so nice to see pictures of your vacation. Welcome home!

  11. Sandy8:55 AM

    OK...tell me when you are fixing the Gafftop for supper..and I'll be right over! Those are some really good eating. Not fun to clean, but oh so worth the effort. Ymmmm!


  12. We would love it there! Joy #2 would have been in heaven with all those fish. What a peaceful place. I never realized how much I love nature until I started going out to Nebraska Youth Camp. I just didn't spend much time in it. Now I seek it out, even if it is just dinner on the lawn. Your pictures make me want to visit a coast. :)

  13. Glad you had such a special trip! It was fun sharing your experience through pictures!

  14. I feel more relaxed just looking at your pictures. What a great place to enjoy each other's company!

  15. Love those pictures:~D Glad you had such a nice vacation!

  16. Glad you had such a nice trip! As always we are enjoying sharing the good time with you through the pictures. Now that you have this fishing thing mastered what will you tackle next??

  17. Geez,Louise! 20-25 fish a piece? What a day...and a nice variety you caught...what fun! If anyone is enjoying life to the fullet, it would have to be you, my dear!


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