Several of our weekends in October were spent at the beach on South Padre Island. The first weekend of the month we went to celebrate Ross’ birthday. We enjoyed a lovely brunch at Pier 19, which included plenty of vegetables in our Bloody Mary’s balanced out by chocolate birthday cake.
Next on the agenda was paddle boarding. It was Ross’ first time out paddle boarding. I had been twice before. We both manged to stay upright on our paddle boards. The current in the gulf was very swift. Our goal was to paddle towards the bridge, but as soon as we stopped to take a short break we ended up going backwards. Eventually, Ross had had enough paddling and attempted to bust out a few handstands. Considering he doesn’t practice handstands on a regular basis, he didn’t do too bad. It was very entertaining.
We were fortunate enough to catch the sand castle competition on South Padre Island at Clayton’s. Sculptors from all over the world came to participate in the competition. Seeing these sand castles made me think twice about the sand castles I’d built in the past. All kidding aside, the detail put in the sand castles was amazing. A lot of hard work and talent went into those masterpieces. Unfortunately, they didn’t last as long as they normally do, as South Padre Island felt the effects of Hurricane Michael a few days later.
The next weekend, we headed back to South Padre Island to go camping on the beach. Who knew you could drive on the beach? We drove all the way to the end of the island for what seemed like 25 miles on the beach. Once you get to the end there is a jettie composed of gigantic pieces of granite (I think). Anybody need a new counter top? It was extremely windy the entire time we out on the jettie. It was cool to see the waves crash against the all sides of the jettie. Sometimes you forget how powerful and beautiful nature can be all at the same time.
Beware that on the way to the end of the island there is a section for no tan lines if you dare.
On the way back down the beach, we found the perfect camping spot. We made shish kabobs and jalapeno poppers with our friends and enjoyed a beautiful sunset overlooking the sand dunes. Once it was time for bed, we pitched our tents. The idea of camping on the beach was really romantic, but in reality camping on the beach wasn’t all that romantic. Yes, you could hear the waves all night, but that didn’t make up for the 25 mph winds, that didn’t let up as they whipped through our tent. There is nothing peaceful about winds that strong when you are trying to sleep. If there is another opportunity to camp on a beach, I’ll be sure to check the wind speeds first before camping in a tent. However, I can now say I have camped on a beach.