Elvis moment

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March third, my UH buddy, Paty, and her longtime friend, Becky, dropped by for a visit.

Dunes chapel

“Steven would like to give y’all a tour of the town.  Are you game?” I asked.

“Sure!  I’d never heard of Port Aransas until you came here to live.  I’ve visited Corpus Christi many times, but I never imagined this place was here.  Yes, I want to see it!” Paty said with great anticipation.

“And the dunes chapel?” I reminded Steven.

“What’s that?” asked Paty.

“You’ll see,” I teased.

Priceless moment

Of course, our afternoon adventure became quite memorable when Becky made an unexpected discovery.

“I see Elvis!” Becky exclaimed.

“Where?” Paty asked.

“There!  On the ceiling!” pointed Becky.  “Don’t you see him?”

We burst out laughing

The dunes chapel was built in the 1930s, and Elvis was born in 1935; so I guess it’s possible.

Another sighting

Then again, who knows?

The following day, while Paty and Becky were shopping at the outlet mall in McAllen, Becky sighted Elvis again.

Very funny, Becky.

Links of interest…  Chapel on the dunes…  Moynihan: Days of heaven…  Port Aransas: museum / things to do…  “Two chapels” exhibit (more)…  TX Tropical Trail Region

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The third charm

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Last Tuesday, Steven and I attended the monthly TX Tropical Trail  (TTT) monthly partner event at the Port Aransas Museum and Community Center.

On the agenda?

A bus tour of Old Town, including the Chapel on the Dunes.

At long last

Wow!  I salivated at the thought of finally entering the chapel.  Oh, glorious day!

After lunch, I boarded the small bus and took the seat behind the driver.   I tried to listen to the historical nuggets dropping left and right from Marcy Thomas, who stood talking right behind me; but I was too distracted.  No one had said anything about entering the chapel, but I was wishing and hoping nonetheless.  I was so focused on this great adventure that nothing, not even motion sickness, was going to spoil it.

Anticipation

Then we arrived.  I stepped off the bus and busied myself with my Coolpix.  Up, up, up I walked among the others, most of whom had never been there before.  We stepped aside for Marcy to unlock the chapel door with the inscription, COME, LISTEN TO TH   HISPERS OF GOD, over it.  We saw her reach for the key in her pocket and behind the scraggly bush by the door, as I wondered about the missing E and W.

“Do you have your copy of the key?” Marcy asked someone behind us.

I just knew that someone would say, “Yes.  Here it is;” but Betty Bundy, with us from the museum, said no.

Next time

At that moment, I chose to make the most of my third visit.  I explored the chapel all around, noticed details I’d previously overlooked, and enjoyed myself.  After all, “good things come to those who wait” (Nayobe, 1984).

And who knows?

Maybe next time will be the charm for me, and Mary B will be along to share it.

Links of interest…  Chapel on the dunes…  Moynihan: Days of heaven…  Port Aransas: museum / things to do…  “Two chapels” exhibit (more)…  TX Tropical Trail Region

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Dunes chapel redux

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A couple of days ago, Mary B and I finally went on our adventure to the Chapel on the Dunes.

Our arrival was greeted by a freshly laid crushed-granite walkway.  Dainty periwinkle peppered the earthen steps that followed; but we also oohed and ahhed at the lantana, prickly pear cactus, and coral bean.  The very best part, though, was reaching the chapel and finding windows so clean that we easily feasted our eyes— and the camera lens— on the treasure within.

We were ecstatic!

Links of interest…  Chapel on the dunes  Moynihan: Days of heaven…  Port Aransas: museum / things to do  “Two chapels” exhibit (more)…  TX Tropical Trail Region…  

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Dunes chapel

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In its August issue, Texas Highways (TH) magazine featured “hidden chaplets along the roadside” (Moynihan, 2008, p. 40).

Port Aransas landmark

The best part was finding out that one of them, the Chapel on the Dunes, is located at 207 11th Street here in Port Aransas.  I was so excited that I emailed Mary B about looking for it “one day soon,” but sometimes life gets too busy even for a most convenient adventure.

Then last weekend, Laura, our eldest, came for a visit.  And, out of the blue, Steven asked for the August issue of TH.

“Good thing I’m a packrat,” I beamed.

Hidden treasure

After Mass we went in search of the tiny chapel, which was closed.  We were thrilled nonetheless and had a great time peeking through the windows.  What an incredible find!  Isaiah’s “treasures in secret places” (45:3) certainly comes to mind.

Before we left for home Laura gleefully announced, “This place would be perfect for a teeny-tiny wedding just right for me.  I’d love to get married here!”

I smiled in agreement since the Chapel on the Dunes is certainly an enchanting little place; but my fantasy is more in the present.  I’d like to know who to contact about visiting hours so Mary B and I can go exploring and meditate a while.

Links of interest…  Chapel in-the-mallon the dunes…  Moynihan: Days of heaven…  Port Aransas: museum / things to do…  “Two chapels” exhibit (more)…  TX Tropical Trail Region

WP posts…  Dunes chapel redux…  Elvis moment…  The third charm