Spending the day on the beach, collecting seashells and eating a picnic lunch with the cool sea breeze blowing is not a bad way to pass the time doing research :) It was a very informative as well as pleasant day yesterday exploring the deserted site of Indianola.
The town was originally the second largest seaport in Texas, second only to Galveston, and was captured and occupied by the Federal forces during the Civil War. Two hurricanes, one in 1875, then another in 1886, destroyed the town and they never rebuilt it. All that remains are about thirty vacation homes and some bait houses.
But the trip was extremely helpful in getting a feel for the terrain, flora and fauna. Folks at the Calhoun County Museum were most accommodating and forthcoming with material.
The only negative of the whole day was during our visit to the Indianola cemetery. We were literally attacked by swarms of mosquitoes. We've never experienced anything like that. Although we had sprayed ourselves with repellent, they were lighting by the dozens and biting us through our clothing, on our heads, every possible spot. Not something I want to do again!.