Birds of San Jose Island

Heron and pelican on the jetty

San Jose Island is well known for its incredible opportunities for beachcombing and shelling. It is also a place to view shorebirds — Brown Pelicans, Snowy Egrets, Great Blue Herons, Cormorants, Seagulls, Ruddy Turnstones, Royal Terns and more. We … [Continue reading]

Historic Port Aransas Tarpon Inn

rocking chairs on the Tarpon Inn porch

At the time the original Tarpon Inn was built in 1886, Port Aransas was a small fishing village named Tarpon after the abundant sport fish that drew many fishermen to this area of Texas. The Inn was destroyed by fire in 1900, and its replacement was … [Continue reading]

All Aboard the Dolphin Boat in Port Aransas

Two dolphins

The Texas Gulf Coast during winter has always felt magical to me. Spending time watching gentle waves wash onto quiet sandy beaches allows me to think about what's important in life. So when the hubster and I decided to go somewhere for our winter … [Continue reading]

Sentimental Sunday – Remembering My Grandfather on Veterans Day

Willie Benoit in uniform

Willie Benoit's service to his country did not end when he returned to Louisiana from France at the end of World War I. He lived his life in service as an active member of the American Legion, the Forty and Eight Club and the VFW; and as a volunteer … [Continue reading]

Importance of Volunteering

Several woman building a house

Why do people volunteer? Why do they spend countless hours helping others without expecting a dime in return? For those of us who are volunteers or volunteer managers, this is a silly question. No amount of monetary compensation could ever match what … [Continue reading]