Friday, February 4, 2011

South Padre Island, TX - Isla Blanca County Park

This is a very large park with the essentials, but few amenities. Our first site was very narrow and too short to park the truck, no picnic table, and a palm tree rubbing on the bedroom window. Steve didn't like it, so we moved the second day into a new site that had been freed up. It was great! We were backed into the site with a view of the Bay! This is the sunset from our couch!

Our first night in, we had dinner with our friend Barb, and her Mother and Aunt and Uncle. During the first week, Cathy stayed behind and tried to find places to put stuff, while Steve and Barb went to pick oranges and grapefruit off the trees, and bought shrimp.

Steve participated in both the Polar Bear dip on January 1 and the Causeway walk on January 8. He said if he would ever participate in a Polar Bear dip, he was glad it was here!!

We went with Barb to the Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge for some birdwatching. This is the northernmost habitat for the Green Jay (beautiful).

Barb and Steve also went to the Los Fresnos Music Festival and Classic Car Show, and saw Elvis!!

Steve walks on the beach every morning 2.5 miles to Barb's, has coffee, and then walks home.

Steve's brother Randy and his wife Jackie came for a week at the end of our stay. We went to Laguna Atascosa again, and then to the South Padre Birding Center. We also went on a Dolphin Watching Tour with Captain Scarlett and her dog. We ate some great food, and they were glad they were here, instead of in the snowstorm back home.
Next up, Port Aransas, TX.