Sandcastle Days

LOCATION: In our tiny house in Mission, Texas
WEATHER: Continued heat. High 93

George likes to cook Sunday morning breakfast – always to include grits. So, we enjoyed avocado toast, grits, and sunny-side up eggs while we watched “CBS Sunday Morning”. This is our Sunday ritual whenever we can do it.

Then, off to South Padre Island, about 1.5 hours from here. They are celebrating Sandcastle Days there this weekend.

We timed it so we could have lunch in one of our favorite places – on the mainland across from South Padre Island (SPI). We had a nice view of the bridge while we sipped on their Bloody Mary special and shared shrimp chalupas. Seeing traffic flowing freely made us feel better, as we were worried about potential huge crowds for the festival. In the spring, when college students flock to SPI for spring break, they say that it can take up to 3 hours to cross the bridge.

SPI proclaims itself to be the “Sandcastle Capital of the World”. There are about 50 sandcastles that are permanet installations all around the island. This weekend, though, artists from around the world have come to participate in contests and to show people how they make their artwork. Some of the winners are from PEI, Holland, Michigan, and New Hampshire, as well as SPI artists.

The festival is at one of the island’s beach bars.

As usual, everything in Texas is big.The sandcastles are lined up on the beach

George waded in the Gulf while I found a little shade and people-watched.

This was one of our favorite ones…

The last artwork we saw is a sculpture of a big fish made out of trash that the artist has collected from the beach. Not only is the trash ugly, but it is also killing the sea turtles and other aquatic life.

On our way home, we scoped out a few RV parks as we would like to stay over on SPI for a week or so in the spring.

DINNER: Gumbo. I jazzed it up with andouille sausage, shrimp, grilled vegetables, and okra. I added file’ gumbo powder that I bought in Louisiana on our road trip.

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