Good morning. We went to sleep last night with the bedroom window open listening to the waves hitting the shore. How cool is that. It is 61 already this morning, but it’s not supposed to get as warm today as it was yesterday. The high is forecast to be only 64 with possible showers and high winds. It doesn’t look like a beach day to me. That’s ok, there is a lot to see here on the island.
Day 75. We were up and ready to get on the road for our final leg of the journey to South Padre Island by 8:30 am. A Murphy’s gas station was just across the Walmart parking lot, where we went to fill Winnie up. Gas was $2.34 a gallon, which we thought was high until we went further south and found that the price had jumped to $2.49 a gallon. It’s a good thing we won’t be needing to fill her up again for another month.
The drive was uneventful with moderate traffic and some construction along US 77. We saw palm trees, cactus, cattle, a few wind turbines and even the boarder patrol along the long stretches of open land. We stopped at the Harlingen Travel Information Center to stretch our legs and walk Patty Pepper. This was an easy on and off the highway stop, with plenty of space for us to park. While we were there we decided we should have lunch (pb&j sandwiches) so we weren’t starving when we got to the campground.
We passed through Port Isabel, crossed the 2-mile-long causeway which was named Queen Isabella Memorial Bridge and arrived on South Padre Island. A total of 162 miles.
After checking into Isla Blanca Park and setting up we were ready to take a short walk down to the beach and check it out. The temperature was perfect in the 70’s, but a bit windy. The red flag warning was out. We are hoping for some nice weather beach days while we are here this month. I didn’t see any shells. Perhaps this won’t be the beach for collecting any. I did read that if you wanted any shells you needed to walk the beach early in the morning. We will see.
This park is the complete opposite from the Corp of Engineering campground in Waco, Texas we just left. The sites here are so close together – “Reach out and touch somebody’s hand . . .” . Just sayin’. This is a first for us. We’ve stayed in campgrounds that we thought were a bit too close together, but none compared to this campground. I’ll let you know how I feel after a few days.
What enticed us here to this area was the warmer weather, close to the ocean with sights to see and things to do. I’m looking forward to exploring the area.
Until next time,