We watched the sunrise break over Aransas Bay and Rockport Beach Park. Magical. Instead of returning home to San Marcos – where we had recently completed our undergraduate studies – we spent the day exploring Texas’ First Blue Wave Beach, the Center for the Arts, Maritime Museum and Fulton Mansion. This would be our new home…but we still had other adventures to pursue.
Fast forward to 2010. Since our first look at Rockport in 1999, we had logged many more adventurous miles: we started our business (NativeDave.com), lived for a year in an RV in Northwest Florida, became parents, and relocated our company and family to Padre Island. In January 2010, we began preparing for our first adventure-with-child…to transition our entire life to a 100% mobile environment. For an entire year we “lived.worked.traveled together.” A week or so before our departure, we received a call from a property owner in Rockport. She was referred to us through a grapevine of business friends in Dallas-Ft. Worth and the Aransas/San Patricio Master Gardeners. Her project intrigued us, and we were able to coordinate details of the design and installation while working and traveling to other locations across Texas. Furthermore, her intent to restore the native vegetation fit snugly within our mission to conserve, preserve, restore and celebrate the Nature of Texas.
After a year of “being mobile”, we chose in the summer of 2012 to focus our mission and invest our family in Rockport-Fulton. Today, we are residents and members of the business community. NativeDave.com continues to create sustainable landscape designs but is also growing plants native to the Coastal Bend. We will have plants available for purchase soon! If you would like to receive our availability list, please send us a message at email@example.com. RawYall.com is a brand new division of NativeDave that promotes a mostly plant-based diet as the foundation for healthy living. Christy serves smoothies, soups, snacks and sweets Fridays and Saturdays from 10am to 2pm at Coastal Bend Health Foods. Our family continues to live and work together, but we do not travel much anymore. Instead, we find adventures in the simple yet meaningful life we are creating here in the Live Oak/Red Bay forest with our new friends, in our new hometown.