April 8, 2012

Rockport, Texas


We are near the Gulf of Mexico in a small town called Rockford, Texas, about 5 miles from Corpus Christi. The Bay View RV Resort is sort of remote and, in a way, we feel that we have gone back in time. No Verizon! Our cell phones are on roaming and nearly every call we made or received since arriving here on Wednesday was dropped along the way. We get on the internet only with the park's free wi-fi system since our Verizon MiFi doesn't work either. Not often that that happens.

See what I mean?

First, let me tell you about a book that I just finished reading. It is not often that we discuss books that we have read, but this one impressed me. It is called The China Study by Dr. T. Colin Campbell.  It is a well documented book by a scientist whose premise is that major diseases, including cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and various autoimmune diseases, including multiple sclerosis, can be prevented, stopped, or reversed when eating a plant-based diet. Granted, there are issues with some of what he says, but overall, his message is corroborated by other research in the area. Anyway, I'm a believer and it supports my decision to stay on this diet. Jerry, in fact, is making some very delicious meals with using only plant-based foods and is loving it. He, however, is still eating the standard diet in between the veggie dishes he makes for me.

When we arrived here, the host informed Jerry of the existence of a certain caterpillar bug indigenous to this area. They live in the trees and eventually turn into moths. That is why she put us in an area that she described as "out in the open." I don't like to do this, but I will show you a picture that Jerry took of one this morning.

I guess it's nature. It's called the Tussock Moth Caterpillar.

Took this picture out of the window while driving as we reached the Gulf. 
We saw miles of oil refineries.

And as we entered Corpus Christi.

There is a pond in this park with a sign "Beware of alligator."
We haven't seen him or her yet.

Took these pictures while driving around the place a couple of times.

What we found interesting is that all of the houses along 
the Gulf are at sea level.
A local person told Jerry that there are many lawsuits over recent new 
construction that continues to be built at that level.

This area is on a bay as opposed to the Gulf.

If you can make it out, there are blades from a windmill lodged in the tree. 
It happened in 1919 during a severe storm and is still there.

We leave here on Wednesday and start heading 
towards Houston and then Dallas. 
Have a great Easter Week everyone.

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