Thursday, April 24, 2008

Upper Texas Coast - April 19, 2008 - Epilogue

Even though our flight back to Los Angeles isn't until 5 pm, we both agreed that this will be a non-birding day. The angst of returning a damaged (albeit only slightly) rental car was weighing heavily on me. We wanted to get over that experience as soon as possible. The invitation by fellow photographer Joanne Kamo to join her at Sabine Woods this morning was so tempting but our concerns regarding the car was foremost in our minds. We wanted to be in Houston, a good hour and a half''s drive away, as early as possible.
It turned out that we were anxious for nothing. Will, the representative at Dollar assured us that since we took a Loss Damage Waiver Insurance and already had an insurance claim number (we called them right after the accident), we won't have to worry about what happened to our rental car.

The airplane on the flight back home was only 3/4 full and so it was a relaxing voyage. Reminiscing on the past four days, I was thankful that the accident wasn't as bad as it could have been. We tallied 28 new species in our lifelist which was quite good. Of course, coming in, my expectations were very high, even telling Cynthia that it was possible we would be getting at least 40 lifers. But vagaries of weather somehow affected the density of species that visit migrant traps of the Upper Coast of Texas.

It could have been better, but we were happy and content with what we had. One thing that was guaranteed in Texas was the hospitality and friendliness of the people.

Texans like to say these to departing visitors: "Y'all come back now, ya hear!"

Oh, we will. We will.

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