|Lovin Padre Island!! See AmAZiiNG pics from Jan's camera Here.|
|Padre Island Nat'l Seashore beach break. Wave period was pretty short, rolling in one after the other b/c of the shallow shelf of the Gulf Coast I think.|
My soul got some major warming up. I couldn't believe I was in Texas!! My o0hmygah-there's-actually-a-nice beach-here!!-disbelief was beneficial in 2 ways: it confused me into feeling like I was in NC, which I miss very much and 2) made me feel more comfortable with living in TX, because if you're like me, you certainly don't ever think of gorgeous sand and surf when you think of the Lone Star state. Plus, in my coastal management units in oceanography and environmental science courses at UNCW, I almost always saw that Galveston, TX was a terrible example of what hardened structures can do to a local coastline..not quite "New Jerseyization," but close! So I was very relieved about this island, which is like 70 miles long and totally protected! Unfortunately, there was quite a lot of careless litterbug refuse, and according to a (bilingual!) sign I saw at the visitor's center, tar balls and other oil drilling artifacts wash up too.
|View from the top of the dunes at daybreak on Sunday. That's one of our tents there to the right.|
The water was probably 82*F, and all foamy and delicious. My sinuses soaked up the saline solution (I suffer from nosebleeds when I'm away from the coast or a bottle of Ayr) and my skin relished the scrubbing it got from rolling in sand all day. I heart sand.
Most people are uncomfortable with sand in their bed, for instance, but not me. I got very used to it (and sweeping my wooden floor a lot) last year when I lived on glorious Wrightsville Beach and now my sheets feel boring with out it. Funny combination, now that I think about it--how I prefer high-thread count egyptian cotton w/ the sandpapery tinge of sand particles..I now realize that the sand was just a symbol that reinforced the fact that I was sleeping within a whelk's throw of the ocean, so the sand became a comforting reminder, as that reality had just been a dream (or week-long vacation) growing up.
|180* from other pic--The view out across the ~1.5 mi-wide Padre Island, a rollicking dune ecosystem until you reach the Laguna Madre, one of only 6 hypersaline lagoons in the world!|