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The awesome Ken-inatractor is guest-blogging over at  The Slow-Dripped Life, and is presenting this week's Question #5 for Carrie's amazing Get-Away Give-Away contest.  In his post Ken asks... "Have you ever been on a trip or vacation that while things appeared to be going badly, something happened that changed your mind, from worst trip ever to, meh....this wasn't so bad?" 


To celebrate our second wedding anniversary in September of 2010, we planned a week-long vacation at Port Aransas on the northern tip of Mustang Island  across the bay from Corpus Christi in Texas.  I had only been to the ocean twice previously in my life, both times more than twenty five years ago, so I was incredibly excited to be headed for the coast at last.  

We knew that we were going in the off-season, this was intentional to avoid the tourists. We weren't looking to work on our tans, we were wanting some quiet time to relax on the beach.  We were warned by many that we were going during the rainy season, and the forecast wasn't looking good, but plans and reservations had already been made and we hoped the weather would favor us.
  

We spent our first night of our vacation in San Antonio with my daughter, who was living there at the time, then headed on to Port Aransas the following morning.  As we got near to Corpus Christi it started to rain, and before long the rain became a downpour.  Water was coming down in sheets, like God had turned on the faucet and left it running.  Streets in Corpus were flooding, and barricades were going up to block off the worst of them.  We made it to the ferry, just barely, and safely across to the island - and then had to navigate even worse flooding conditions there.  We searched for our little rental cottage in the pouring rain and ended up splashing thru water in our bare feet to carry in our belongings, which got soaked in the process. 


For the next three days it continued to rain almost non-stop, the streets were swamped, the sky was dreary, and the restaurants that weren't closed for the season were closed due to the inclement weather.  Sensible tourists had stayed home.   Note my forlorn "beach boy" above, in the mall at Corpus Christi, hoping for an end to the rain.


The rain didn't stop us from spending time at the beach though, the upside being that we had it nearly to ourselves.  We let the waves wash over our toes and collected shells that washed up on the sand.  I loved the strength of the wind, it felt cleansing and invigorating. Those were moments of incredible peace and beauty that I will never forget. Standing there I could feel my connection to the universe. Often the rain let up at night and we walked hand-in-hand on the beach as the full moon peeked between the clouds. 


After a few days we grew weary of the grey skies, flooded roadways, and ever-present rain. We decided to return to San Antonio a couple days earlier than planned,  spending our anniversary night at a very nice hotel on the Riverwalk. While there we took a fun boat tour of the river, and a lovely evening carriage ride downtown. 


We sat out on the upstairs balcony at a restaurant on the Riverwalk and enjoyed the best, and most potent, margaritas we've ever had... and then wobbled our way back across the walking bridge to our  hotel. :-)


While the rainy weather certainly dampened our vacation plans, those days spent with my feet in the sand and waves rolling in from an ocean that seemed to extend forever filled me with a love for the water, and a deep longing to return again as soon as I can.  It turned out to be a wonderful week together, sharing good food and drink, love and laughter, and the lullaby of the waves... making memories to cherish for a lifetime.

Papa Bear made this heart in the sand for me

14 comments:

  1. Hi Josie,
    Your mention of the full moon poking through the clouds reminded me of a vacation we had once. We were out on the ocean in a boat in the evening and then all of a sudden, the biggest full moon rose over the mountians. It was really very romantic. Except of course, for the fact that I was sick from actually being on a boat on the ocean.
    I'm glad you were able to make the most of the of your rainy holiday.I think that someday, my wife and I may have to take our own carriage ride. :)

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    1. Water does seem to magnify the noon, Ken... so very romantic! But yes, puking would detract from the ambience. ;-) I would have the same problem, as motion doesn't sit well with me. Carriage rides are also uber-cool! Kind of takes you back to another time and way of life. A whole new perspective of downtown San Antonio than what you get by driving in the traffic!

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  2. This was awesome! Just being together in love, you can weather anything...the key is together. You two prove that. <3

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    1. That is the key, McGuffy Ann, you are right... together is everything, and it is such a tremendous change in my life, a whole new experience! It turned out to be a great trip despite the rain. :-)

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  3. sounds wonderfully romantic to me.

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    1. It was Gail, all of it, even trying to navigate the flooded streets with our truck was an adventure shared. I loved the island and the lack of tourists. I could happily live there all off-season! Downtown San Antonio is also a very romantic place to stay, thought very hot and humid in the summer months, and that river thru town is not quite at clean as one might think. :-)

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  4. Hey, you just described October - June in the Pacific Northwest. :-)
    Great story.

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    1. Papa Bear loved this comment when he read them Boxer, too funny, and too true. Rain is a small price to pay for having a home on the island... I am sooo jealous! :-)

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  5. Ahhh I love the last picture. And I love that despite the weather you two still had a wonderful anniversary together.
    Also, random but I clicked on your link from Carries page so I could read your post, but it just redirected me back to Carries page. I'm wondering if you plugged in her link instead of your own?

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    1. Papa Bear is prone to doing sweet things like that, he is a true romantic, even bringing in a flower from the yard, with a charming little-boy smile! :-)

      I appreciate the heads-up on my failed link on Carrie's page,obviously moving too quickly and not checking, I've reposted it correctly now!

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  6. I have always wanted to go to the ocean during a more 'off' season. I think its beauty would take on a whole different look and feel, but beautiful just the same. I love this story. Seems symbolic of the phases and 'seasons' in our lives and marriages as well. The point of it is to weather the storms...margaritas and good times will be found on the other side! :-)

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    1. That's so very true, Carrie. Life is not an easy ride, nor are relationships, but if you can find a way, with the help of caring folks, to get thru them, there is always a better time just up ahead. If we know that, we don't have to panic every time the sky turns dark!

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  7. Oh my gosh, that heart at the end is so sweet! I love that :) It was good that you two were flexible and went to San Antonio, and were able to salvage the end of the trip. It sounds like a lovely time together, in spite of the rain!

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    1. Papa Bear is romantic like that Kianwi, always doing sweet little things to make me smile. I treasure those gifts more than anything a store could offer! It was the perfect back-up plan, since we had to return that way anyway to get home. Both parts of the vacation hold special memories, and now we laugh at the endless rain that we experienced. I still love the rain, but maybe not for days and days on end!

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