These statues cover one end of the gift shop. I know it's hard to tell how big it is from a picture, but the mermaid is about 15 feet tall
I think this is my 14th day that I've been on Padre Island, and in those two weeks I believe I've had about three days that were sunny for most of the day and today didn't make that dismal record any better.
I went to Home Depot and Lowe's today to see if I could find a PVC fence post. Now why in the world would the ole Boondork want a PVC fence post, or any fence post for that matter ? Well since you asked I'll tell you. A PVC fence post is about 5 in. square and about 8 feet long, and is perfect for hanging under the trailer and storing long things in. You can buy tight fitting PVC caps that close off both ends so your stuff doesn't fall out, and it's great for putting things in like fishing poles, or sewer hoses. Which is exactly the reason that I need one.
I already have one under the Arctic Fox that I put there a year or so ago and it's worked out great for sewer hose storage. I keep my 20 foot long sewer hose in their, but a 20 foot long sewer hose is way too long for most occasions but I've used it several times in the past and when you need it you need it bad. 90% of the time a 10 foot sewer hose works just fine and is easier to handle than the longer hose.
I Carried the 10 foot sewer hose in the bumper on the back of the Arctic Fox, which is where you're supposed to store your sewer hose. But I lost the ability to use the bumper when the motorcycle rack was welded to the Arctic Fox frame. Actually even though a lot of RVs have a bumper where you're supposed to carry your sewer hose, carrying it in there is not a very good idea. Over time the inside of the bumper will rust and get rough so that sliding the sewer hose in and out will wear holes in the thin plastic that the hose is made of. And you really don't want to see what happens when you open your dump valve and your sewer hose is full of holes.
I bought my first PVC fence post at a Home Depot but I don't remember what state I was in, and now I've checked Home Depot's in three different states and nobody carries them. But every time I see a Home Depot or Lowe's I stop in and check but so far I've had no luck.
On the way back from town I stopped at a big tourist type of gift shop, to see if I could find a Christmas gift for my grandson. I wanted something that would represent the area that I'm staying in so it needed to be something... beachy, or fishy. If you've ever been to the coast, any coast, you will recognize this kind of gift shop. A big place stuffed full of seashells, beach ware, decorative things made from seashells, and T-shirts 4 for $10. It was a fun place to walk around in and a good place to buy T-shirts that say things like, “if you're a great Dad you get promoted to Grandpa”.
I was thinking of getting him a stuffed shark but I couldn't find one that I liked in the gift shop so I got him a Whale Shark instead.And not just any old Whale Shark, this is the Whale Shark named “Destiny” from the finding Nemo movie sequel called Dory. I hope he likes it, but will never know unless I get this thing boxed up and mailed pretty quick.
The gift shop had about every beachy thing imaginable.
There's fun things to see in the gift shop even if you're not buying anything.I think this is the gift shop owner, instead of buying a security camera he just hangs around watching people.