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0 Local Profile | "4 Questions with Jayne Robertson"

1. Where (and how) did you grow up?

I grew up in Pearsall, Texas on a farm/ranch. My life was like Mayberry. Great parents and lots of hard work. George Strait was a classmate, but he has not called in maybe 45 years! The ocean was always in my soul, so Rockport and I soon met, along with my husband. As young ambitious people we could not make a living here so we moved north and ended up in Estes Park, Colorado where we bought/built a vacation resort. 25 years. It is a complicated story that took us to Cozumel, Mexico where we built another bnb.

2. How did your upbringing affect what you do for a living now?

My life of hard work at the ranch and being the oldest of 6 prepared me for being in the hospitality industry. My love of the ocean led me to become a scuba instructor at the age of 50 and my husband and I had more underwater hours than most people would ever imagine. I was also a fish ID instructor, cave diver, technical diver, and we owned a dive shop in Cozumel. We spent 6 months in Mexico and 6 months in Estes Park for close to 25 years.

We came back to retire by the sea and fish for the rest of our lives. But natures fury delayed our plans. 2 weeks after we bought our house here we had a devastating flood in Estes Park. We rebuilt and will now have the opportunity to sell out and retire soon.

3. What brought you to Rockport-­Fulton (and how does it differ from where you have lived previously)?

Rockport-Fulton is quite different from Estes Park, Colorado as you might guess. Living at 7522' is cold and it's nowhere near the ocean, but we do live right on the river. In Estes Park your skin is dry and your hair is perfect every day. Rockport-Fulton is hot and muggy. Your skin is soft and your hair is frizzy. But I love the ocean air, hearing the shrimp boats leaving at 4am. And eating raw oysters. Yum! Bonus, mosquitoes don't like me!

4. What are your passions?

I collect and repair vintage sewing machines, I quilt, I rescue wayward dachshunds, and I can incessantly, maybe I will become a prepper someday. I am also a non-denominational wedding minister. I have been officiating weddings for about 10 years.

So when I retire, if I ever do, I hope to do more of everything. I just hope there is time to fit it all in, I am thinking one lifetime is not enough.

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