The sunrise this morning didn't start out very well because of all the clouds
Today was over 80° with a matching humidity that I can only describe as oppressive. Living in South Florida I became used to humidity like this, and much worse, but it sure is hard to deal with after you've become used to humidity in the teens. At least I've got beautiful scenery here on Padre island, and sunrises that vary from great to incredible.
I've seen some pictures of the crime scene where that missing RV couple was buried and it is a little bit down the beach from where I'm at in the Padre Balli campground, But I'm not completely sure where they were camped. I saw some pictures somewhere that looked like they were camped on the beach which is perfectly normal around here, and from what I understand some of the beach camping is part of the Padre Balli County Park.
I've boondocked on the beach in this area a long time ago and I would consider it a little more dangerous than ordinary boondocking, and the reason might surprise you.
Just like ordinary boondocking in the desert there won't be any lights around, and anytime you can't see what's going on around you it makes life a little more dangerous.
And boondocking on the beach, just like boondocking in the desert, your probably going to be off by yourself which always makes you more vulnerable, especially if you're not prepared to protect yourself by any means necessary.
The problem is on most drivable beaches there's only a small strip of beach that you can actually drive on without getting stuck, and that's somewhere between the waterline, and the soft sand just before the dunes, and this area changes dramatically with the tides. Now I'm talking about ordinary vehicles not four-wheel-drive vehicles with wide tires that wont sink into the sand as much.
Since there's only a small strip of sand to drive and boondock on, that means that everyone driving down the beach is going to be driving within a few feet of you and your camper. Most of those people will be fishermen, off roaders, and families having a good time, but on very rare occasions, there might be someone who's looking for a victim, and because of the limited space on the beach you and your camper might sometimes be almost within arms reach.
So I don't boondock on the beach, it just makes me feel to vulnerable, not only from other humans but also from weather related problems. Boondocking in the desert doesn't bother me in the least, but I stay fairly close to civilization. In this day and age of drug cartels running the border I have no desire to be boondocked 10 miles out in the middle of nowhere all by myself where I look like "easy pickins".
It took a while but this morning's sunrise blossomed into a real show.
It just got more and more spectacular
Seeing those mountains in the background, that are just off the coast of Padre island, remind me of being in Colorado.