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Saturday, February 27, 2010

Beach Bummin'

We spent the day driving the beach north of South Padre Island. Although perceptions of beach bummin' fun most likely change from your 20s to your 60s, we joined people of all ages who cruised the beach. One great aspect of this island is the ability to drive north along totally undeveloped beachfront for about 20 miles to the Mansfield Cut.

We looked for treasures of all kinds - shells, birds, photo opps, driftwood and whatever may have washed ashore. We found treasures - a couple pieces of coral, lots of birds to photograph, and what we guess was some kind of diving or exploratory vehicle.

Lots of fish and jellyfish had washed ashore. Missed a couple of potential shots when other cars drove by. But we captured a bird having lunch and a jellyfish who had already been somebody's lunch.

The sun shone and the wind blew on one of the nicer days this winter. People and critters reveled in the great weather.

Although we saw lots of pelicans, we never managed to get really close to them. We did get a shot of a heron in the water.

I wish I had the patience of a heron. We stop awhile, look for shells, watch the birds and then head on up the beach. We don't have that kind of patience.

We stopped, let Peanut (our teacup poodle) out. Everett said, "Just let her go." She went! Ran up the beach as fast as her legs would carry her. She ran about a quarter of a mile before we caught up with her. When Everett picked her up, I swear that in addition to sandy paws, she had a big smile on her face.

Our real treasure for the day was the contraption in the photo here.
It has to be some kind of underwater device - with some type of instrument box inside. We'll be searching the Internet to find out some more information. Whatever it is, it's a really great thing to find along the beach.

We didn't make it all the way to the end, but we look forward to another day exploring this little piece of paradise.


  1. What you did today makes me want to get on a plane and come and see you. I wish we could. You write so well. What a gift you have. I read some of your other posts, too. I showed Jim and will leave it open so he can read it, too. Our winter has been awful. Take care, I think of you both often and miss not being able to be in touch as much as we used to. Donna

  2. Great pictures! Wish I was there, but looking forward to coming down at the end of the month.