Yesterday proved to include all of the above. The weather was nice with a steady breeze. However the real stories are about the events themselves. They will be a life memory that I will always treasure.
Though out the day our view was watching one success after another be brought in off of the rookery. While we don't have a weight as now I feel sure it had to be at least 100 -40 ft pieces. Other debris was brought in also.
Did I mention that we also had a rocking team out at the birding site just north of the harbor pulling in heavy water soaked wood and other debris too.Making the view their ever so much better.
After researching and finding out their really wasn't a " set way" of removing large sheet metal after Hurricanes, two of our own board members designed & built 8 cabling devices and a tool to punch the metal to run through the sheet metal. 680# cable and crimps were used along with a stainless steel pole with a needle point end. This brought memories of my papa and how if he didn't have a tool to do the a new job he would design one and have Del Mar college built it if he didn't have the machinery necessary to complete them.
Fishing guides and outdoor enthusiasts took time off of their paying jobs to spend time helping KACB with this project. It was a major undertaking for our group and president to get all of the powers that be to all sign on and get this project done. Parks & Wild life, Navigation District, Cove Harbor dry docks, Paradise Keys restaurant, Dawson's recycling & Harbor Carts and Marine Biologists. We are most grateful for their help in this matter.
At the end of the day we all were feeling so proud of what was done and many didn't want to stop but support teams needed to call it a day.
As D'Ann, Mark and myself were making our last pass, we received our " Sign" as a small group of Rosette Spoonbills were coming in to feast. Then they flew and made a big circle just above us as if to say" THANK YOU". Everyone cheered as the spoonbills have been a rarity since Harvey in our area.
Since hurricane Harvey, thousands of people have asked when is this mess going to be cleaned up? No one had any answers. Some how as a group Keep Aransas County Beautiful was determined to make some head way and we did. Then one of our Board of Directors said at lunch yesterday-
If no one is doing it that must be my job. "love this quote so much"
I hope we all can take this to heart and know with determination and passion we can continue to take on such meaningful projects in the future.