A typical morning on Padre Island, chilly, cloudy, windy, etc. etc. the only excitement for the day was when a County employee knocked on my door at 7:30 this morning and informed me that Corpus Christi was having water problems and I should only drink bottled water. Fortunately this didn't have much of any effect on me because my water tank had been filled up at a state Park so all I had to do was turn off my water hook up, and turn on my water pump. I've always made a point to keep some water in my water tank because water problems at RV parks is not all that uncommon.
I guess this means that I won't be doing much today, I know 60° doesn't sound very cold but when you add a 30 mile an hour wind and 80% humidity it becomes kind of uncomfortable. It's mostly the wind that bothers me because it blows the sand around and sometimes gets in my eyes. But most of the sand stays low, below your knees, but after I'm out in it for a while it gets in my sneakers and makes walking uncomfortable.
There's red flag warnings up at the pier which I think has something to do with undertow and other bad things that can happen to swimmers. They got a sign up at the beach that explains such things but I haven't taken the time to read it since I have no intention of getting in cold murky water. I guess I shouldn't say the waters cold because it's warmer than the air temperature. And it's only murky because the waves are stirring up the sandy bottom so that the water looks kind of brown. But whatever it is the waters cloudy enough so that the sharks can't tell if that thing in the water is me or an albino whale. So I stay far enough away from the waters edge so that even the Great White sharks that come sliding up on the beach chasing Penguins can't reach me.
The other day when it was kind of nice I drove down to Padre Island national seashore. “PINS” it's only about 13 miles from here and since my Geezer card gets me in for free I can come and go as I please. And speaking of Geezer cards, Escapees just sent me an email saying that Congress is raising the price of the National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands pass, “Geezer Pass” from $10 for a lifetime pass to $80. The law apparently hasn't gone into effect yet so if you're 62 or older this is a good time to take advantage of a real bargain.
But back to Padre Island. I took some pictures while I was there, mostly of the visitor center and the beach behind it. It was a little foggy that day but it was burning off by the time I got to the visitor center. There wasn't anyone Boondocking on the beach so I didn't take a picture of the beach Boondocking area because basically there's about 60 miles of beach here and it all looks the same.
The view of the visitor center from the beach
The view of the beach from the visitors center
Even though it was a cloudy foggy morning the beachcombers were out in force
Camping at Padre Island national seashore. It's a lot safer here than Boondocking on the beach