One day while in Texas, Susan and I drove to Aransas Pass to visit friends. Aransas Pass is on the mainland so to get there from Mustang Island where Port Aransas is, a ferry ride is required. The ferry is part of the Texas Highway system. It crosses the deep water channel where massive tankers sail to Corpus Christi so a bridge cannot be built to span it. I’ve been on the ferries many times and I am always impressed with the efficiency of this ferry system. The pilings surrounding the docks have changed since my first visit. Instead of wooden pilings, they are now massive clusters of what I suspect are concrete wrapped in something and now decorated with guano from the gulls and pelicans that find them inviting. As we pulled away from the dock, I took a photograph of a juvenile brown pelican resting comfortably on the pilings.