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The sun actually came out today and it was partly cloudy and about 70°. Anytime I can see some sunshine nowadays it becomes a great day, so I went running around, took a few pictures, and ate lunch at a Chinese buffet. Unfortunately my fun will be short-lived because tomorrows supposed to be overcast all day, but its supposed to be warm so I'll probably go fishing.
I went to Mustang Island State Park here on Padre Island this morning. The Old Fat Man took me there the other day but I forgot to bring my camera so I wanted to go back and get some pictures. Mustang island state Park is one of those places where you have a choice of Boondocking on the beach or camping with water and electric hookups on the pavement behind the dunes maybe a couple of hundred feet from the shore.
Mustang island state Park is a pretty place, you have beachcombing, fishing, and best of all laying on the beach doing nothing. It's located a little closer to shopping than where I'm at now and it's also a little cheaper.
You may wonder, since people can boondock on the beach why do my pictures show the beach empty and the hook up camping lot is mostly full ? Well, since you're wondering I'll tell you. Camping on the beach in the winter is not as great as it may seem. These cold fronts that come through, like I've been experiencing for the last 10 days, bring high winds, and higher than normal tides. Which means that at high tide there can be barely enough room for an RV to stay dry. And at least twice since I've been here the tides have come all the way up to the bottom of the dunes which means that the Gulf of Mexico would be up to your RV steps. Now I know that sounds like a good thing because you could fish right out of your door, but believe me the downsides are not worth having a convenient place to fish.
Another problem is driving on sand. Driving on sand is a lot like driving on snow, which means its best left to someone with a lot of experience doing it, has the ability to read the shifting sands, and the proper equipment to get unstuck. And getting a big fifth wheel or a class A motorhome unstuck is a major operation.
And last but not least is the wind. The wind can blow the sand hard enough that it stings when it hits you. And it can drift up on things just like snow does. And the wind can drive the sand into all kinds of tiny cracks and crevices where it can damage moving parts of your truck, or your RV, or your bicycle.
Now I don't want to discourage you from camping on the beach because I've done it myself in a small fifth wheel and it worked out just fine. But in the winter time it's kind of risky, and not very comfortable when there's no dunes between you and all that windblown sand.