Those are highly paid models I hired to stand in front of the sunrise.The dog cost the most because he is specially trained to walk on beaches.
Another cloudy, windy, but very warm day. I've lived in the Colorado mountains so long that when I look out the window and see an overcast sky I automatically assume it's cold outside. But here on Padre island it looks bad out there but it's almost 80°.
I went to Walmart this morning, it's about 7 or 8 miles from me so its not that far but I'm definitely going to have to get used to driving in traffic again. I haven't had to drive in traffic since I left Denver so I'm a little out of practice for having to deal with any more than a handful of cars around me. I can get used to it again but that doesn't mean I have to like it.
While I was at Walmart I checked into getting a fishing license and for a nonresident it's $68 for an annual fresh and saltwater combination license. Since I'm going to be here a while I guess it makes sense to get one but it really puts my knickers in a twist to have to pay to fish in saltwater, now I haven't been around saltwater in a while but this will be the first time I've ever had to pay to fish in saltwater. This just goes along with my philosophy that there's no end to what the government will tax to move as much money as possible from your control to theirs, so they can keep themselves in power.
I suddenly realized that I've been here for two days and haven't had the shrimp dinner that I drove all this way to get. I think one of the reasons is that as I've been running around I haven't seen a seafood restaurant yet. But I was looking at a picture I took of the big fishing pier right next to me and realized that there's a restaurant on it. I've been walking around that pier for two days and didn't realize there was a place to eat there.
The restaurant does kind of blend in with the fishing pier which means that it looks kind of, shall we say.... Rustic. Which is actually a good thing because I have found that some of the best food I've ever had were from restaurants that looked kind of..... Rustic. And that especially applies to seafood places. In the South, as a rule of thumb, the shabbier the place looks the better the food. So tomorrow I think I will give it a try for lunch and see if my rule of thumb holds true.
Standing on the pier looking south on Padre Island. Looks kinda empty, there's a couple of cars down there, probably fisherman.
I turned around and took this snapshot looking north. It's considerably more crowded than the south end.