Retroactive Vacation Entry

In the midst of some of the busyness of our end of summer, I neglected to ever post a blurb on the time we spent in Port Aransas. Last August, we were blessed to be able to spend an entire week at the beach in an effort to “get away” and “relax”. We did indeed get away, and yes, we did some relaxing as well. Our dear friends the Pecks were brave enough to attempt a vacation with us and together we rented a home in a beach community in the quiet part of Port Aransas. In fact, we were only the second set of folks to stay in this particular home as it had just recently been completed and opened for rentals. It was a lovely place with lots of beds to accomodate our crew.

Just up the street from our beachhouse was the boardwalk over the dunes which led onto a very family friendly beach: gentle surf, shallow water which wasn’t too cold or too warm, and clean sand. This was the kids’ first encounter with the ocean and overall they had a blast. There was some tentativeness on Jonathan’s part but he came around to liking it after a few days. The baby boys liked the water so much we had trouble keeping them from just diving in headfirst!

We took in plenty of sun and sand, some local seafood, fresh air from our back deck (completely childproofed – how cool!) and ocean views from the “crow’s nest”. The children entertained one another very well and the older ones especially thrived on having close friends around 24/7. Each night after putting the kids to bed we got to spend time with Mark and Susan without the fee of a babysitter or the trouble of carting all three of our kids to the others’ house. It was a real treat.

Port Aransas is a good deal. It’s close enough to drive in less than a day even if you have little ones along for the ride. It offers well-priced accomodations more beautiful than we’d have expected on our budget, with direct access to a pretty nice beach for Texas. But most refreshing of all, you can enjoy cool temps (low to mid 80’s) there in the middle of August in Texas, even when it’s 98+ about 20 miles inland.

If you have a minute, enjoy some of the 148 pictures from our trip that we have available for viewing. Sorry that some of them are redundant…when we were uploading these we just went ahead and chose them all…feel free to skip around!!