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Published: January 25th 2011
Krys spotted a dolphin in the background!
While staying at the RV Resort in Mission, we took a day to visit South Padre Island. In 2006 we work/camped at a private campground on the island for 2 months and found some favorite restaurants and areas that we wanted to revisit. The campground that we worked at has now been sold and is currently a KOA, and sold right along with it was our favorite restaurant, Fishbones, now called Pier 19. But the location is still on the fishing pier with a nice view. If you wait long enough you can see dolphins swim right under the dock. The breakfast at Pier 19 was still excellent, but the fish stew is no longer on the menu.
The Birding center, north of the campground, is a great place for a walk even if you aren't interested in birds. We moved a bit farther north to a beach access spot and drove the Jeep along the water's edge until we came to a fairly empty spot to fly our kites. We had good wind for flying and then noticed that cars were leaving as the tide started shifting and the water was inching its way up on shore.. When
Beach driving - just watch the tide
we worked here in '06 we only had our motor home and no tow vehicle so we were never able to ride the shore line. We did hear stories of people getting stuck on the beach if they didn’t watch the incoming tides. We ended the Island day with dinner at Dirty Al's , a local tradition. Except for the steamed shrimp, it is a deep fried lover's dream.
The border patrol along the area in Mission is very active. One of our bike rides was along an irrigation levee that borders the RV resort. Each time we rode there we saw 2-3 border patrol vehicles parked among the trees. One time 2 agents came out of the woods wearing Kevlar vests. I asked if it was safe to be on the levee and they said sure! Thinking about it later…. we'll skip the levee bike rides from now on. Being this close to the border has made us nervous and we'll head farther north when our stay here is done.
Bentson Park was flooded during July of last year.Hurricane Alex came through and dropped so much rain that the Rio Grande River
went from 300 feet wide to 2 miles. The park, which is in the flood plain was cover by 10 feet of water in some places. We can still see the high water marks on the buildings and trees, since it stayed flooded for months until the water made its way to the Gulf.
The last park activity, the '50's dance, was a lot of fun. The organizers mixed in a lot of 60's and 70's themes too. Elvis made an appearance and many dressed in costumes. We had a great time dancing and were amazed that we could still move the next morning. One lady came up to us and said she could watch us dance all night. Lots of fun!
On Saturday the 29th we'll be heading north towards San Antonio and meetiing up with Davy Crockett at the Alamo.
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