Island Time

Our RV neighbors that moved in beside us in Brownsville just happened to be the neighbors that we spent a few days on the beach with in Port Aransas.

Mona and Eduard from Quebec decided to join us as for a day on South Padre Island.

We had a great time visiting the island.

We all payed the $5 which was the day use fee for the Isabela Blanca municipal Park at the south end of South Padre Island and took a tour of the camping and Park area.

We did have thoughts about the possibility of camping down there, however after checking out the campground we decided that it wasn’t a good fit for us.

There was a great Christ the Redeemer statue erected in the island Blanca Park area to honor those fishermen who had given their lives to their craft.

We stopped at the second municipal park entrance at gate 6. It was a bit too close to the water for us to consider in an RV.

We felt driving through the ocean to get a beach camping spot. This picture really doesn’t show how unconfortably close the waves were to the RVs.

We then drove north on South San Padre Island as far as we could drive.

With the road closing in on us from sand blowing across the highway we drove right to the end.
It was just a beautiful sight to see!

This National Park with mounds of sand overlooking the Gulf of Mexico only 30 miles from the Mexican border was beautiful.

On our return drive we checked out the Adventue Park run by the Wells family.

The Wells family has served South Padre Island for 5 generations!

Their Adventure Park is located at near the end of Park Road 100 with forty acres of land spanning from the Gulf of Mexico to the Laguna Madre Bay.

Horseback rides are along the beach in a remote area of the Island that few people get to experience. No crowds here!

They don’t limit your number of Zip-A-Thon. With their unique quick zip-line transition system you are able to zip around the zip-line circuit as fast, or, slow as you want.

The Petting Barn is filled with birds and animals they have rescued or have been donated to us for a forever home.

We had Christmas cards to mail, so on our way south we stopped in at the post office to send our cards. It’s a big Post Office for such a small island but had excellent service.

Additionally I asked for recommendations for lunch… Customers and staff were happy to help!

Cafe Karma was a great choice… Just across the street.
Will Everett, of Brownsville, and Roin Khurami, from Kabul, Afghanistan, are serving coffee and lattes to beachgoers on the Island they have a unique story of how Will, an aid worker brought his friend Roin to the USA. It was Roin who served us.

We had great toasted sandwiches and lattes.

We continued south and were really surprised with the few number of people that were on the island. There seem to be many many buildings and homes that were vacant. Apparently we had just visited the island during the slow time. we were told that in the next two weeks people would be filling things up.

We discovered that the municipality had completed great planning and left spaces between each of the buildings along the shore with access points to walk to the beach.
This included free parking. here’s a picture of our friends on the mats that they put on the beach for those that are physically challenged to get out and enjoy the beach in a wheelchair.

Mona and Eduard enjoyed the dunes and the day with us.

We returned to our campsite but not without visiting Port Isabella.

The Point Isabel Lighthouse is a historic lighthouse located in Port Isabel, Texas, United States that was built in 1852 to guide ships through the Brazos Santiago Pass to Port Isabel. The lighthouse was added to the National Register of Historic Places on April 30, 1976

A pelican pair peruse the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway. The GICW is an an improved navigable waterway along the Gulf Coast of the United States, extending from Apalachee Bay, Florida, westward to the Mexican border at Port Isabella, a distance of more than 1,100 miles (1,770 km). In part artificial, the waterway consists of a channel paralleling the coast behind barrier beaches, the channel being linked by a series of canals. The Gulf Intracoastal Waterway is an important route for barges, and several sections of it furnish access to major gulf ports for oceangoing vessels. it’s a great waterway refuge for recreational boats in rough weather.

Pelican landing along the shoes of Grand Padre bay.

Pirate’s Landing Restaurant in Historic Port Isabel, TX.

Well we had a great adventure in this coast of Texas. It’s not the last time we visit… We need to see the Turtle sanctuary. For now we are off to Brownsville and next time we settle in Donna Texas for the holidays. Sea ya!