Shirley organized a lovely 9th floor 2 story condo with a view of both the Gulf of Mexico and the bay. This was excellent because fireworks were alternately held over two days, some on one side and some on the other.
My first park Isla Blanca State Park is located on the point where S. Padre Island meets the Gulf of Mexico at the Brazos Santiago Pass. The Gulf is usually very calm and the pass is normally equally calm, but in the Winter Storm Season, it can become dangerous. The memorial in the park pays tribute to the people who were lost entering that pass in a dangerous storm.
Everyone had two helpings and there was still enough for lunch the next day.
Beach lovers know there are a variety of different types of beach sand. The beach at S. Padre island is known for hard, dense sand that holds moisture well and is suitable for significant sand castle construction. These static figures take hours to days to build and seldom survive high tide. After my first walk on the beach I was eager to begin work on my project, but I quickly found a shovel was needed to penetrate the hard sand. Stay tuned.