Greetings from the Gulf Coast of Texas…..our next destination was South Padre Island, Texas, which is the southern most portion of Padre Island. Padre Island is 113 miles long and is basically split into two sections. South Padre Island is a resort town, especially during spring break when it attracts college-aged kids.
We spent three days there enjoying the beautiful beaches and fabulous seafood and by traveling there we have now traveled the perimeter of the United States! You are allowed to drive your own vehicles on the beaches of Padre Island with certain restrictions. We were within walking distance of most everything on the island to include Isla Blanca Park, a county park that has 530 RV spaces, lots of walking paths and a mini Christ the Redeemer Statue. The statue is a tribute to all those who lost their lives at sea and is over 13 feet tall. The seafood is amazing along the Gulf, especially the shrimp. We ate at two local places recommended by fellow RV’ers and we weren’t disappointed.
Our next stop was Corpus Christi, the northern end of Padre Island. We stayed on the Navy Base, which is very close to Mustang Island and Port Aransas. Unfortunately, we only had ½ day of good weather; a nasty winter storm blew in and we had almost 3 days of heavy fog, rain and driving winds. We still did some exploring and came to realize, first hand, the extent of the damage caused by Hurricane Harvey last August. Hurricane Harvey is considered the costliest storm in history, alongside Hurricane Katrina. In a period of 4 days this area received over 40 inches of rain and along with the high winds, caused unprecedented damage. Our son, Brandon, along with 2 friends, traveled here in right after it was safe to lend assistance to the people of Rockport, a town we visited a few days ago. They used their own vacation time, money and along with donations got to work clearing debris. 6 months later you still see the effects of the hurricane but the people of this area, along with assistance, have come a long way to return their lives to normal. We hope to meet up with one family they stayed with on our drive up the coast on Tuesday.
We are hoping for better weather but we can’t complain, we love our life on the road visiting this great country of ours!!