Views of the Neighborhood – Rockport Texas

Rockport Texas is a town close to Port Aransas and was hit by Hurricane Harvey as well. Since the sun was out for the first time in ten years, the Producer and I decided to drive there and check up on how my books fared in the bookstores. Although we didn’t locate any books we found a number of things to look at.

Rockport Fulton Market Days

This is a shot of a multi-tiered boat storage facility.

Here is one a little closer. This facility was packed with boats when the Hurricane hit.

Here is a shot of old town Rockport. (Excuse the sun glare) The brick gallery (Estelle Stair) is one place where my books are. The gallery is closed. The other place where my books were offered for sale is a bookstore which was blown away.

Here is a photo of across the street. You can see the blue tarp on the building.

I took this photo to give you an idea that Rockport is indeed on the water. This is one of the marinas.

This is a shot of the veteran’s memorial. There are names of Rockport residents who gave their lives in all the wars from 1914 on.

This is the Maritime Museum.

Unknown to us, the Rockport Fulton Market Days was in full swing. A number of pop-up with all kinds of crafts. We had to go look.

Attendees can visit this display and take what they need at no charge.

Here is a “look through” shot showing other displays

A festive occasion.

Terrific yard art

Views of the Neighborhood

A beautiful Airstream full of clothes

Views of the Neighborhood

Must have a food stand.

Views of the Neighborhood

For Dan Antion, I had to take a picture of the soft pretzel booth

Let me leave you with a picture of the bay and beautiful sculpture.


  1. Gwen Plano · ·

    What a fun way to spend a sunny day! It’s heartwarming to see how the area is coming back to life. I love the sculpture with its suggestion of waves, and of course, the bay is beautiful. 🙂

    1. I didn’t look at the name of the sculpture and tried to find it on Google. No such luck. It was right across from the market days area.

  2. Good morning, John. Thanks for a lovely stroll through a nearby neighborhood. Rockport is a charming place. While there are certainly worse things to damage than boats, that thought freaked me out. Stack upon stack of heavy boats taking a tumble…
    Sad about the book stores though.
    I enjoyed the market. I’d like to put that collection of chickens under my front window — just to watch all my snobby pretentious neighbors have a hissy fit…. 😈 But I’d get fined more that ten times the cost of the chickens…
    Have a wonder-filled new week. Hugs.

    1. The HOA police would clap you in irons for sure. Have a great week as well, Teagan. Hope some warmth heads your way. 🙂

      1. Oh yes– it’s supposed to be downright balmy compared to what we’ve had lately.

      2. Yes it is. I am in bare feet. First time all month.

  3. Such a nice way to spend your day. Sorry the book store blew away – who would have thought, eh? A quaint looking town though.

    1. I was going to go and pick up my royalty. But I think they have bigger problems. I’ll call it a donation to Harvey relief. Thanks, GP

  4. What a great way to spend a gorgeous day. The sky is amazing. I’m curious, did you purchase a pink flamingo for your yard? 🙂

    1. Ha ha ha. flamingo? No. Our neighbor has enough for all of us. She even has a pink house. 😀

  5. Looking alive and well, John. So good to see.

    1. Thanks, Jennie. 🙂

      1. You’re welcome, John!

  6. For years, I had a customer in Rockport, and spent a lot of time there. Did you happen to get over to Key Allegro? Such a lovely place. Some people I know established an organic farm outside Rockport (Four String Farm) and provide farm shares to the community: pastured meat, eggs, veggies, and so on. They’re interesting, accomplished people, and they’re on the way back from the storm, too.

    1. Yes, Linda we got to Key Allegro. We have friends there. The community was hard hit and most of the mid century homes were pretty much destroyed. Thanks for your interest.

  7. Good morning, John,
    And thx. for showing those pictures. Ever since I heard of Rockport being very severely hit by Harvey, I’ve kept wondering, how that area [Key Allegro], where looked for houses when we were thinking of moving, fared. I think we might have been really lucky to have decided not to move there [or to Port A, for that matter] but here to Fredericksburg.
    Have a great Sunday,

    1. Key Allegro was hit pretty hard. Older homes there were not Hurricane ready. Your choice is a safe one for sure. Oh look, is that a tornado?

      1. Well, luckily we’re not on tornado alley here. Ok, there can be tornadoes here, but they’re at least rare.

      2. You are not on a flood plain so that is good as well. I, of course, bought a place at an elevation of ten feet on the Gulf cause I love home restoration. 😀

      3. 😀 How high was the flood surge of Harvey? Do you know?
        We built our new garage just above the 100-year flood line of a wet weather creek. So, hopefully, that’ll be fine.

  8. Thansk for the tour, John and for the shout-out. It’s good to know there are pretzels available. Pluses and minuses, it’s all about pluses and minuses when ranking towns. I’ll give Rockport pluses for pretzels and for having your books and for rebuilding. It’s amazing how much time it takes. Good luck to all involved.

  9. There is probably a pop up with salvaged books from the hurricane. Maybe they’re giving away your books now.

    1. Ha ha ha. I hope they are and someone enjoys them.

  10. You live in a lovely part of the planet, John! 😀 Glad to see things are gradually getting back to normal all over. 🙂

    1. Thank you, Jan. Yup slow as it goes. 🙂

  11. Good pictures, John. It’s great at least one of the bookstores survived, but a shame about the other store, the boat storage facility, and all the lovely boats that were damaged. The town seems to be doing well so far. Some parts seem to have survived beautifully or been completely rebuilt. 🙂 — Suzanne

    1. Some have come through nicely. Thanks, Suzanne.

  12. Glad you got out to enjoy the sunshine! The devastation is still wide-spread, as we can see from your photos. It will literally take years to rebuild everything. Thanks for sharing these photos, John.

    1. I think so, Jan. It was a beautiful day.

  13. This is a great tour of Rockport, John. Glad to see evidence that they are recovering from Harvey too. That boat storage facility was shocking.

    1. I would say so. Thanks, John

  14. I find it fascinating how peaceful the beach can look one minute and how turbulent it can look in another. Guess that’s like a strong wind pruning the trees. These are great photos, John. Y’all had an excellent day for touring!

    1. Thank you, Debbie. We sure did.

  15. A nice stroll, John. Thanks. Good week to you and yours.

    1. And to you, Billy Ray.

  16. Great views of Rockport, John. That sculpture at the end? I saw it on Instagram. Your photo was right next to a photo from somebody else OF something else, but it had the same shape as the sculpture! It was so cool I screenshot it–unfortunately it’s only a bit of each photo so you can’t see the connection in it haha.

  17. John, what a charming, pretty little town. Sorry to hear about your books–bet you never saw that,of all things, coming. Lovely pictures. I could live there if not for the intense heat.

    1. The books are a donation I suppose. Thanks, Micki

  18. Looks like it was a gorgeous day, John.

    1. It was, Teri. Thanks.

  19. As always, I’m jealous of your neighborhood, John.
    To me, it’s paradise.

    1. Thanks, Hook. Tons of water falling over the edge sound like heaven too. Plus you have Molson Ale.

      1. Fair point.
        I don’t drink alcohol or ale, but I hear you.

  20. I like the glare and the brick facade of the bookstore.

    The market looked like a great thing to happen upon. I liked the airstream, and yard art. I think those Airstreams are making a comeback. I saw a sales lot full of them on Saturday.

    The marina is gorgeous! I loved those reflections.

    1. Thank you, Deborah. Sometimes the cell phone is not the best vehicle for photos.

      1. But in this case it did a fine job…and the photographer behind it has a good eye.

      2. Aw. Thank you. Big compliment coming from such a talent.

  21. I recall hearing about Rockport on the news. I can’t imagine the long journey of coming back from that kind of damage.

  22. Thanks for the stroll through Rockport. It’s so sad to see the devastation left by the storms of 2017, but heartening to see that the residents are bringing the town to life. The sculpture in the last photo is truly an interesting site. That Airstream is gorgeous and what I wouldn’t give to have one like it.

    1. I love Airstreams. They are very artistic. Thanks, Michelle.

  23. What a charming place Rockport is, John. It’s lovely to see it all coming back to life. I have some shoes and boots that are ‘Rockport.’ I wonder if this is where the name came from?

    1. The shoes and boots did not come from Rockport, Texas. They are from Newton Massachusetts. Thanks, Hugh.

      1. Thanks for clearing that up for me, John.

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