Port Aransas Whooping Crane Festival!

In just a couple of weeks, we’ll be heading to Port Aransas, TX to take part in the annual Whooping Crane Festival.

Personally, I have mixed emotions about making the trip. It will no doubt be great to see old friends and make new ones, however, just 6 months ago the area suffered the wrath of Hurricane Harvey and just looking on Google Earth at the devastation left behind is heartbreaking.

Favorite restaurants are closed – some will never reopen. People are still living in FEMA trailers, or with friends or family while they try to rebuild. I can’t even begin to imagine what the people in the area are going through. 

Aerial view of the hotel we stayed at last year in Port Aransas. Source: Google Earth

I have no doubt “Port A” will rebuild and will be better than ever. I just hope it doesn’t ever lose it’s rustic island charm.

If you have ever wanted to visit the Whooping Crane Festival, please consider going this year. Sure, there are still buildings toppled but the people in the area could sure use the economic boost a festival like this brings. Trust me – they will welcome you with open arms.

Check out the Festival website for the complete schedule

Be sure to make plans to attend the presentation Joe Duff is giving Saturday, Feb., 24th at 9am


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  1. Mollie Cook February 8, 2018 11:54 am

    Having OM there will brighten their spirits in addition to supporting the economy to help recovery. Just like New Orleans after Katrina.
    Glad you are making the trip! Safe travels…………..

  2. Mary Mattison February 8, 2018 9:05 am

    I went to the PA Whooping Crane Festival several years ago and it was excellent. So sorry for all the damage there from Hurr. Harvey.