http://www.blogger.com/html?blogID=4316350785635987648 Cave Dwellings: Our last full day on Padre Island..in winter coats.

Everglades National Park, FL

Everglades National Park, FL
Loop Road

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Our last full day on Padre Island..in winter coats.

First of all, I have to comment on the Header photo.  I took that  photo with my cell phone Sunday on our beach walk.  I have never seen so many star fish in one area..It looked like Grauman’s Chinese Theater for Pete’s sake!  It IS amazing, no?

Soooo,  today is our very last day to be here at Mustang Island State Park.  In one way, I wish we had booked for longer.  We certainly have had some interesting weather here.  I had one day of sitting outside in the sunshine reading my book..but I am NOT complaining.  Most of the nation has been in the bottom of the freezer so I won’t crab about being near the top of the freezer.  We have had some great times walking on the beach…and I snagged some awesome sea creatures..

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I only know the Sand Dollars and Star Fish for sure…I do believe that shiny stuff in the middle pic is Abalone.  I also know the big knarly thing is some barnacles…I know this because Barnacle Bill/Dennis the Sailor told me.  I swear this guy has a mind for useless information…but he can’t remember what we had last night for dinner..sheesh.

2014-01-25 09.33.57 This photo was taken last Thursday.  Winter coats but the sun was shining and the wind wasn’t hawking…

I wish it were warmer here today.  This is the worst day so far..In fact there are freezing rain warnings again for Corpus Christi tonight.  Walking this morning was a challenge at best.  We both bundled up like Nanook of the North and headed toward the beach..Walking with the fierce wind was fine, but the thought of going back that same way facing “Old Man Winter” was NOT a thought I cherished..

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Here we have MacGyver heading onto the beach through some soft sand.  I was following behind like a little deer.  Hey, if anyone else wants to be the leader in these conditions, have at it! I was hoping Dennis would act as a wind break, but he is built like a stick man and the wind whipped right through him and hit me square on…

 

It didn’t take only about one minute of trying to walk out there and he had enough.  Keep in mind that MacGyver wears RGP (hard) contact lenses and getting a grain of sand or twenty under those puppies is akin to childbirth (well, almost).  Not one to give up easily, my man, but I was relieved when he said, and I quote, “This is NOT going to work.  Let’s get back to the road!” So much for our last walk on Padre Island beach for this trip…

 

2014-01-28 08.10.31 What looks like drifting snow is drifting sand..Now I know how those sand dunes got so high…Holy Tearducts, Batman, let’s blow this litter box!!

Here are a few more photos of our time here on the island…

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Left, sunset through the window (and my cute little candle chandelier).  On the right is one of two homes used by the Park Rangers here.  Notice the  hurricane shutters..and like most, it’s up on stilts.

2014-01-26 10.25.42 Here we have your run of the mill, nasty, slippery, almost invisible in the sand jelly fish. There were LOTS of those suckers out on the beach.  Actually, MacGyver almost did a header into the sand when he didn’t see one and slipped on it…PULLLLEASE wash your shoes off before you come into our Hiker, Den! YUCK!

Tomorrow is “ride the ferry” time.  I am secretly praying for the winds to die down and the sun to come out.  Being on a ferry in these winds is not my idea of a good way to lower my blood pressure. We will be at Goose Island State Park for 2 weeks.  This visit, we opted to be in among the Live Oak trees again…We were there last in 2012.  I will never forget it…The site we had wasn’t level so Dennis backed up onto some blocks on the door side..Enter El Clutso (me).  Forgetting we were “up in the air” after dinner one night, I stepped out with a dishpan full of water, stepped down and fell into the sandy dirt…thought I broke my feet…Take a look..

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Right foot…(I had no ankle on this foot…)…………………Left foot….For those of you about to comment on my blue toenail polish I need to remind you how fashion conscious I am..I HAD to have BLUE toenails to match the rest of my feet!! Ah, yes, fond memories of Goose Island…Let’s see what kind of situation trouble I can get myself into this time!

30 comments:

  1. It's brutal out there today but not as bad as up north so I'm not complaining too much. Sorry the weather wasn't the best during your time on the island, but ya did manage to pick up a nice collection of shells. Enjoy your ferry ride tomorrow :-)

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    1. Did I detect a little giggle there, Ingrid? ;-)

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  2. Sometimes in bad weather the ferry will restrict the size of vehicles. May need to call ahead if it is windy or low tide.

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    1. Thanks, Teri..We will do so in the AM...wouldn't want to ride all that much if it's real windy anyway..YIKES!

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  3. You were brave to go outside today. We spent the day in front of the fireplace reading and watching TV. Glad you had a fun day.

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  4. Oh... put some ice on that ankle! Then put some ice in a glass followed by some tequilla, lime etc...

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  5. I think a couple of those shells might be from whelks. Be happy, I'm coated in ice tonight. :(

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    1. OK, Judy, I'll bite..what the Hell is Whelks??? sounds like someplace in Scandinavia..

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  6. Sucks to be you guys..Nice and warm here in the Q..:)

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  7. That's a mighty fine header photo for a cell phone:))

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    1. I was surprised myself, Al...Sometimes the cell phone isn't so good... I was lucky on this one. I hate to take our camera out on long walks...it gets heavy..

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  8. We had a wonderful stay at Mustang Island SP a couple years ago. We certainly didn't see starfish like that. When we were there, there were jelly fish EVERYWHERE! It was difficult to avoid stepping on them. That's one thing I like about the ocean... its always changing.

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    1. Yes those jelly fish are dangerous if you slide around on one...not to mention disgusting!

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  9. Your ankle looks nasty and sore! Can't believe it's so cold back there. Hope you get some warmer weather for your next stop.

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    1. It spit a bit of little snow while we were dumping our tanks this morning...I almost fainted.

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  10. Donna - how do you know if the star fish are dead? I don't know. . . Love that area but without the cold and wind. AZ is the place to be this year but we understand why you can't travel so far this year. Hopefully next year the elders will be happily settled. Becki

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    1. By the way, really love your header photo. Becki

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    2. thanks, Becki...The fact that I took it with my cell phone is amazing...We are now in new digs at Goose Island..Hoping to get some warm weather and sunshine here!

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  11. I too hope the wind dies down before you board the ferry! Hope you get a level site at Goose Island this year

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    1. Hey you two!! We miss you but we will hoist one for you when at Alice Faye's this year!!! FYI, the ferry ride was just fine, but it spit snow on us while we dumped our tanks...SAY WHAAAT?

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  12. I just looked up the 10 day forecast for home here and there is only one day getting above 20F. At least the wind has finally died down! Great looking place, I'll have to add it to my list.

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  13. Great pictures of the starfish. Hope the weather warms up for you there!

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