Sitting at my desk looking out of the window, I see another car pull into the parking lot without a Texas license plate. I ask myself “Where is this visitor from?” As they get out of their vehicle and come inside the Visitor Center to pick up free information, I’m always amazed by the variety of their stories and their hometowns. I’ve met some of the most interesting people.
Looking back over my sign-in log, I see that we have had visitors from the Texas towns of Yoakum, Gonzales, Cypress, Cleveland, Tomball, Houston, Plano, Spring Branch, Angleton, Kemah, East Barnard, Universal City, Pleasanton, Pearland, Spring, Yorktown, Bastrop, Manor, Gillett, Garland, Bowie, Comfort, LaVernia, Rockport, Diboll, Lumberton, Seadrift, Round Rock, Austin, Del Valle, Copperas Cove, Sealy, Cuero, Victoria, Georgtown, Richmond, Palacios, Kingsland, and Olden.
I am amazed that our visitors have come from as far away as San Jose, CA and Woodstock, Ontario, Canada. Other visitors who have stopped by are from Arkansas, Oklahoma, Iowa, Nebraska and Minnesota. I always ask our visitors how they found Port O’Connor, TX. Answers have been as diverse as “love to fish,” “looking for a quiet place on the coast,” “friends told us about POC” and “just got lost and ended up here.”
As I load their arms with handouts about our various businesses, maps, newspaper, key chains, koozies and pens, I enjoy their individual stories and as I help them on their way, I wonder who I will meet tomorrow.