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February 12, 2016 / philosophermouseofthehedge

High and dry.

Left high and dry at low tide. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.Sailboat resting on sand at Pine Gully.NO permissions granted. Copy righted

Sailboat resting on sand at Pine Gully during a winter’s low tide.©

After a stretch of grey cold weather, if a sunny mild weather appears, bloggers (and everyone – especially dogs) are running towards the light, I mean, exits. Not wanting to leave you totally high and dry if you are among the unfortunates in the top half of the US struggling with the latest Arctic front, here’s an effort to quickly amuse.

Bay house and sailboat at low tide in Pine Gully . ALL rights reserved. NO permissions granted. Copyrighted

Lovely bay house facing Galveston Bay with Pine Gully on their north property line. Sailors are willing to make a few compromises in order to keep the boat by the house.©

Earlier in the week, we took Molly to hike along Pine Gully Trail to the banks of Galveston Bay. While  it was sunny and mild, the wind was blowing pretty steady at 30 out of the north.

When that happens, water is blown out of Clear Lake (which drains to Galveston Bay/Ship Channel on the way to Gulf of Mexico). The gulls and water birds love it as they can easily walk on the mud flats all around the lake.

Low tides during those days bring even more challenges to boat owners. Boat owners prefer to have the boat at the house so you can fiddle with it during the week, do maintenance, and possibly take quick outings if there’s time and daylight.

ALL rights reserved to image. Pine Gully trail to Galveston Bay. NO permissions granted. Copyrighted

Even with a blue blue sky, the towering cane, the wild waving grasses, the wind sweeping across the curving trail has the feeling of a horror movie. Not to Molly the Mauler.©

This house has a great location: on the banks of Galveston Bay with a breakwater at the mouth of Pine Gully so normally they can sail in and tie up at their own bulkhead.

Knowing the ways of tides and fronts, their boat doesn’t have a deep keel on the bottom (which balances the big sail when it’s up and holding wind – otherwise the sailboat falls over). This one has a daggerboard/centerboard that can be pulled up or pushed down through a slot in the hull as the water depth requires. Good for exploring inlets and places along the coastal waterways.

Another plus is with the water out, owners can check the hull without putting on diving gear. And it’s easier for dogs to jump on board. This house has a couple of well-trained Labs who stay close, but thoroughly enjoy splashing around in the gully….and protecting the boat.

Trees on Pine Gully Trail. ALL rights reserved. copyrighted. NO permissions granted.

“Come back. Stick with it. Branch out and explore more. …besides we aren’t through with you. Seen the old spooky graveyard? The archeological site? No digging, Molly. Next time maybe..”©

With all the restoration of the wetlands, the area is bound to be inviting for gators again. So far they seem to be sluggish and hiding…although when Molly started to rustle some brush along the trail, there was a clicking I took as a warning: “Do Not Disturb, yet.”

Warming up to stepping out

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.

Bored? Warm up to Pine Gully Trail and soak in the delight:

Pine gully wetlands at low tide. sailboat waiting. NO permissions granted. ALL rights reserved. Copyrighted

OK same house, but trying to give you a look at that sailboat. Reminds me of a toddler sitting flat on the sand at the beach – one who will not notice or mind all the sand in the britches until the long ride home…©




  1. easyweimaraner / Feb 12 2016 9:41 am

    there are gators around you? wow… I never saw one for real… except on polo shirts (technically a croc) and I’m happy they don’t live here :o)


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 12 2016 3:17 pm

      The bulkheads on our subdivision’s lake frontage/park are too high for them to hop up, but gators do waddle in during the spring to sun themselves by pools and on docks if they can swim/ crawl in. This area is coastal prairie/wetlands/swamp. As they are “native wildlife” you really can’t do much about them – except don’t feed them chicken. They love chicken. Many of the local police depts have training to relocate the very small ones to Brazos Bend park or wetlands, but unless you pay a company to move the big guys, you just have to wait until they leave. Mating season is really the only time they are crazed and dangerous. Locals know to watch and keep the pups on leashes…if they hiss, you are waaaaay too close. Glad you tossed a gator comment this way


      • Ally Bean / Feb 12 2016 3:47 pm

        Alligators hiss? [Or am I misunderstanding this comment?] Regardless, love the photos of blue sky. Haven’t seen any of that in days.


        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 12 2016 4:14 pm

          Yep, they hiss and growl. RC Cat sniffs she’s got a waiting list for her Verbalization for Management of Humans training sessions.
          The clear skies are really welcomed after months of grey, drizzle, fog, and rain. Lots of rain. Yet now we’re bordering on too dry. With the very strong winds, the counties have issued fire bans with a couple of prairie/grass fires already burning. If it’s not one thing it’s another.
          (Beach pictures ahead – between Mardi Gras and Spring Break is the best time for the beach – it’s so empty right now. Perfect.)
          Thanks for dodging the gators to leave a comment


  2. cmblackwood / Feb 12 2016 11:49 am

    Lovely post to make me think of kinder weather. Give my best to Molly!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 12 2016 3:19 pm

      We’re going to whacked by the tail end of that cold front this weekend, but whew, it looks like a frigid time for states north. Brrr. Bundle up. Thanks for floating a comment this way

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  3. D. Wallace Peach / Feb 12 2016 1:01 pm

    The photos make me long for summer. I have many memories of sailing in Vermont on those little boats 🙂 Great fun.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 12 2016 3:23 pm

      While I haven’t heard the ducks overhead yet, spring isn’t too far off. Tree pollen is really going up here, saw a couple of monarch butterflies, and the birds are singing like crazy in the morning. But a few more icy swats ahead. Thanks for sailing by with a comment

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  4. roughwighting / Feb 12 2016 1:17 pm

    Fun post with pics. Jealous of your warmth and ability to play hide and seek with the crocs. 😝


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 12 2016 3:27 pm

      It’s been the oddest ping-pong weather winter. Dreary and wet for day after day. Now mild and we really could use a little rain. (The strong winds have fire bans up and a few prairie/grass fires burning.). While the tail of this arctic front will swat us this weekend, it won’t be as cold as so many places. Guess I’ll hold off planting those spring flowers a little longer. Thanks for dashing by with a comment

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  5. sportsattitudes / Feb 12 2016 2:47 pm

    Great, warming pictures and very much appreciated here in Philly where we indeed are looking forward to wind chills of minus ten degrees over the weekend. Tides certainly can make all the difference in a person’s daily plans when they live close to the shore line, do they not?


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 12 2016 4:05 pm

      The more I see the weather forecasts, the more I feel forced to go outside. Bundle up! This weekend we’ll get dropped back to the 60’s, but nothing like what’s headed your way. Brrr. Bundle up
      (And the Texans are talking about quarterbacks again..”don’t need a super star, just someone steady and reliable.” We’ll see.)
      Thanks for docking here with a comment

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  6. Littlesundog / Feb 13 2016 8:34 am

    My youngest sister and her husband made their first trip south to your area over the holidays, and were met with gloomy, drizzling weather. It was her first trip to the ocean. Despite the weather they had a wonderful time. I hope they’ll go back again sometime in the warmer months. I haven’t been down to your neck of the woods in nearly a decade now… need to put that on my travel list for sure!! 🙂


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 15 2016 9:18 am

      Oh, this has been one of those grey wet winters. Hope they get back sometimes when weather is better…before July or August. Not only the crowds, it’s that we never invite people down during the hot hot humid scorching weather when the waves are bathtub warm. Usually in winter if you’re here a week, chances are most of the weather will be sunny and possibly mild. Thanks for splashing a comment to these shores


  7. angelswhisper2011 / Feb 14 2016 12:10 pm

    I think there’s something missing in the… desert 😉 Happy Valentine’s Day to you all 🙂 Extra Pawkisses for the occasion 🙂 ❤


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 15 2016 9:19 am

      Cheery paw waves to you! (Oh, sorry, should have gotten Molly to shake off the sand first) Thanks for the lovely Valentine hugs – nicer than a sandcastle!

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  8. marthaschaefer / Feb 15 2016 5:53 pm

    After temps of minus 20+ and wind chills that blew down the chimes on the deck, your shots and commentary are warm and inviting. Thanks for the break in our dreary indoor life! Chilly paw waves and love the history lesson too.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 15 2016 6:19 pm

      Just shivering over the tv images. Brrrr. We do have cold winters, but not this year. (Knock on wood. the plant coats/blankets are already put away). Did you see the snow skiing cat? ( )Jesper has his own Facebook page.
      RC Cat simply snarls “He was just having a catonniption fit caused by cabin fever….or waaay too much catnip.” She’s pawsing through tropical island travel brochures….
      Thanks for warming up this place with a comment

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