The Padre Island National Seashore, a 70 mile stretch of beach, sand dunes, prairie and wind tidal flats is the longest stretch of undeveloped barrier island in the world. An trust me, it is undeveloped. There is one "developed" camping area tucked into the dunes which consists of a paved parking area and a sewer dump station. And then, at the end of the road, there is the beach:
One of the "must-dos" for this trip was to stay on this beach. And last week we did so. It was an amazing experience to be so close to the power of the ocean and yet so protected by our little home.
At the visitor centre we were told to simply drive on the beach and select a spot on the hard sand. But don't go too far down as the beach really narrows during high tide:
After much struggling and by lining the inside of the tent with some heavy pieces of firewood we had with us, the three of us set the tent up and got Cathy settled in for the night. She took her two little dogs for a walk and we when on about our evening. The next morning she was out for a walk when we got up, said she was up at 4:30 am - it was a little hard to sleep in the tent with the wind blowing so strongly. Fortunately the wind died just before sunrise and the rest of our time at the beach was uneventful.
Sunrise, day two at the beach:
We are now parked at Bentsen Palm Village RV Resort in Mission, Texas and will stay here, enjoying the luxury of a full service RV resort, friendly people and an urban environment until January 1st when we head out to San Antonio and then points west.
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