Saturday, July 2, 2011


Last Saturday we headed for South Padre Island for a week of sun, sand and sea breezes. Padre is about 10 hours driving time from Dallas and about 20 minutes to the Mexican border.

First morning there my husband and I took a long walk on the beach. I love getting up early and walking the beach before everyone is out.

This is the view from our room.

To get to Padre you cross a bridge from Port Isabel to the island. This is the longest bridge in Texas.

Enjoying some beach time.

Lots of gulls, this one looked like is was trying to hi five us.

Christy and Allie went para sailing. That's not for me.

We took a boat out to watch for dolphins. There were five that came very close to the boat.

We went to the turtle rescue. It made me feel sad. Many of these turtles can't be released because their fins have been damaged. One turtle that was rescued had 60 pounds of fishing net wrapped around its fin.

While we were there they were helping some turtles to hatch and then were going to release them that night back into the sea.

We went to the Bird Sanctuary. Padre Island is one of the largest bird watching areas in the world. In April and May birds fly 600 miles from the Mexican Yucatan over the gulf to their first stop, Padre Island.

First tropical storm, Arlene, was due to hit shore in Mexico on Thursday. We watched the weather reports and decide to head home early since the next two days would be rain. This was taken on Wednesday and you can see how the waves had washed up seaweed on the beach. They had closed several beaches because of high tides. There was a red flag warning because of the rip tides.


Fran said...

Looks like a beautiful trip to me.
Great you had such a good time.

Amy said...

Great pictures! Thanks for sharing!