Lovely South Padre Island!

CAMPGROUND:  Isla Blanca County Park.  In section next to Dirty Al’s, right on the water.  They supposedly have upgraded their bathrooms, but it doesn’t appear much better than before.  Sites are OK, but no picnic table or fire pit.  The alternative is the next-door KOA at $90-$110/night.  Location, location, location!  With electricity and water, $40/night.  2 stars out of 5.
LOCATION:  South Padre Island, in southeast Texas, on the Gulf
WEATHER:  Fine and dandy!  Mostly sunny.  Windy.  High 80

Wild deer roam freely all over Port Mansfield.  This guy came into our RV park to check it out this morning before we departed…..

Since we are flexible and have no schedule, we decided to head down to South Padre Island, to extend our little get-away.  We couldn’t get through to reserve a campsite at the county park, so just gambled that there would be availability.  It was a 2-hour drive, and we found a backroads route to avoid Harlingen and the Interstate. 

We were in luck, and snagged two sites next to each other. Since we are right next to Dirty Al’s restaurant, we walked over there for lunch.  George and I split a yummy grilled fish po-boy. 

Then, we took Trix for a long walk on the beach.  She loved it!

Of course, she got sandy and Rob gave her a little wash

Later, we enjoyed my (now) world-famous margaritas while we enjoyed the sun set. 

One great thing about South Padre Island is its free shuttle bus service.  We picked up a shuttle right in front of the RV park, and it took us to the Painted Marlin restaurant.  We had heard it is a good place.  Wow – it was terrific.  We sat outside on the bay.  Since we had had a big lunch, we split the ahi tuna salad with ginger dressing.  Out of this world! 

Elon Musk has built his Space-X launching pad here, and a group of Space-X staff sat at a table near us.  Never a stranger, George had to go talk with them.

We only had to wait a minute or two in front of the restaurant to be picked up by the shuttle, which dropped us off in front of Isla Blanca.  How nice!

This Facebook memory popped up …what a coincidence!  Six years ago today, we were visiting South Padre Island and admired the many sand castles…..

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