Anyway, this was not my first trip through so I knew I could make it without a problem if I was careful. The first time I came through, the young man looked at me and said "ma'am, that was some amazing driving" which actually did more to make me nervous when I had to head out through the concrete barriers on my way out. This is a popular military RV park so I know lots of RVers have come through here, most without incident.
After reminding Steve several times to have his rabies certificate for Angus, I had carefully packed up the certificates for The Traveling Longdogs and put them in my computer briefcase. Unfortunately, I brought my new Microsoft Surface tablet instead of my computer and left the briefcase at home. I sure had egg on my face. Fortunately, I was able to call my vet and they faxed the certificates to the RV park office. The website for Mustang Island actually said you need them too but, fortunately for me, they never asked. I am making copies and just leaving them in the RV from now on since the shots are good for three years.
We got a great spot with our large back window facing out onto a field and the bay beyond and got all set up before the rain hit. And it did hit again so we headed into town to the Barnes and Noble so Helen could work and we could relax with a coffee and some magazines. On our way home, we stopped at the Saltwater Grill for dinner. Steve and Helen love seafood and Helen always checks Yelp for restaurant ratings to be prepared. Steve, Helen, and even Cameron had fish.
Morgan and I opted for other Texas favorites. Steve and Helen treated...the food was good but I think Helen was just a little disappointed when she belatedly realized that Saltwater Grill is a chain.
Thursday was bright and sunshiny, the perfect day to head back out to Padre Island National Seashore. There was a bit of a wait to get in as they process new passes at the gate as well as letting passholders and day visitors in but it wasn't too bad.
This is where I got my National Park Senior Pass three years ago.
Our first stop was the Visitor's Center. We knew the kids would want to get their Junior Rangers badges as this was their very first visit to Padre Island National Seashore. If you have kids or grandkids, do not miss out on the Junior Ranger program at National Parks. The kids learn a lot and love getting their badges.
We checked out the electronic presentations, exhibits, and touch and feel table inside before heading outside to look at info available there.
Then we headed to the beach. I didn't take a photo right at the beachfront directly in front of the Visitor's Center but there were people in the water and sunbathing. We were here to look for shells and to pick up trash as part of the Junior Ranger badge requirement.
Checking carefully to see if this was a piece of plastic or tar bit.
The beach was really pretty clean and, I'm happy to say, we saw no cigarette butts or litter that looked like it came directly from people on the beach. Most of it was small pieces that the waves brought in.
The kids were surprised to see all the vegetation growing on the sand dunes. There are more bare sand dunes in the part of Florida they are familiar with seeing. So we explained that the vegetation holds the sand dunes in place and keeps things from eroding from the waves and wind.
We walked a fairly long stretch of beach and they picked up a lot of small pieces. Their big find was a piece of huge rope that looked like a line from a large boat or ship.
The rangers were impressed with the kids work so they not only got their Junior Ranger badge, they also gave them each an "Adopt a Beach" patch.
We checked out the boondocking camping area which had a few places open and the area where people windsurf...no one out there before heading back to the RV. I sent Steve and Helen off to Doc's Seafood Restaurant out on the causeway for an evening out with local seafood on the menu. They said it was great and the kids were very happy with their homemade tacos...a win, win situation.