the Voyage to Padre
by Michael Adams
started when I got a call from Bonham, a friend of mine. So I get this call from Bonham
asking me if I would come down to CCL where the boat was made. He asked me if I would help
them build the boat with them. I said O.K. be down in a few minutes. As we are going
along, Mr. Leinweber took some pictures. But enough about that. Bonham asks me and my
brother if we would like to go to Padre Island. Well, we said O.K.
|I went with Chuck and Bonham and
Jason, and a friend of Chuck's. Chuck and I had already left by the time Chuck's friend,
Jim showed up. But the funny thing is that they beat us to the check point just outside of
Corpus Christi. We're at the check point and we decide that we will just follow one
another into North Padre Island. We arrive at Padre Island and Bonham and Jason had found
a dead sting ray.
||The first thing is that
we are to put the boat in the water, which is pretty easy. We took it for a little spin.
Bonham, Jason, and I went fishing for a little while. Bonham caught a redfish. Then Jason
caught the same fish that Bonham caught just a minute ago.
Well, day one is over, and its on
to day two which included an all day trip around the Laguna Madre. Not a whole lot went on
that day. We went to the Gulf of Mexico that night and went surf fishing.
|Well, day three was the fun day
because we went to see the aircraft carrier Lexington, and the Nina, the Pinta, and the
Santa Maria. We went to the Texas State Aquarium. I got to pet a stingray and a nurse
shark. We had lots of fun. I liked the otters. That ended day three.
|We woke up the next day and went on a
little trip up the Intercoastal Canal. We went to Port Aransas. That used up most of the
day. Bonham, Jason, and I went to look at a jetti. We walked about a mile and never saw
the jetti because we had to turn back. We got back to the boat, and it was our turn to
cook that night. After supper that night, Chuck, Bonham, Jason, and I went fishing. We
didn't catch much, so we went back to the boat and went to sleep.
||We got up the next morning, and headed
back to Padre Island. On the way back I was happy because I got to drive the boat. Going
back to Padre Island took a lot of time. It was about 9:00 at night when we got back.
Chuck, Bonham, and Jason went surf fishing. These three people had a contest to see who
could catch the smallest catfish. Chuck won the contest, because he caught the smallest
catfish plus a crab and some seaweed. Well, after that we decided to go back to the boat
and call it a night.
|The next day was the last day of our
wonderful journey. We loaded up the boat and started on our way back home. Again, I rode
with Chuck. Chuck told me if I could fit in the small window of the truck, I could get the
last two remaining Dr. Peppers. I opened the window and I nearly fainted because of the
stinch. We stopped at the Nolan Ryan Restaurant to eat breakfast. We didn't really think
that Nolan Ryan founded this place. We ate well and left for home.