On our first full day at the beach, we loaded up and headed to Padre Island National Seashore, about 30 minutes away.
I'm not sure how it is on weekends, as we were there on a Monday, but it was a nice, secluded beach. Now I have an idea what a deserted island might feel like! :) I've so far left out a very important fact about the beaches here...you can drive on them! In fact, to get anywhere on the beach, you've got to drive. Parts are drive-able in two-wheel drive, while other parts require four-wheel drive due to soft sand. As you can imagine, this was right up David's alley.
We relaxed on the beach for a while in the morning, then drove down to see the sights while the sun was too high in the sky for us to be out. We headed back toward Port Aransas, stopping by Mustang Island State Park on the way back. Riley was good and worn out, so after cleaning up, he got to take a nap in his kennel while while we went to dinner. There isn't much in the seafood category that I care to eat, but I do like crab cakes. Since we were eating right by the water, I opted for this "crabby burger". It was delicious!
This was the beautiful view from our table during the golden hour before sunset. A person could get used to this life!
**Post title from "The Wino and I Know," by Jimmy Buffett