This morning we got up and went to breakfast at the South Hall. We had no plans to do anything afterwards. Well just like we do sometimes, we changed our mind. We got in the truck and decided to go for a ride. Today was to be the last nice day. Rain is in the forecast for the next several days….Another small cold wave…..sigh…sigh…..We wanted to see where a certain road went that we had never been on……So we headed out of town, and ended up in Rio Hondo. We kept driving through the countryside. We were always on black top but the roads were rather bad in some places. The roads don’t seem to have the drainage ditches that we have back home. The water level is high and the black tops seem to fall apart because of the rain water. Well we ended up at Port Isabella, coming in the back way. We crossed the Causeway Bridge to South Padre Island. We decided to go down to the Public Beach for a Walk…
It was such a Beautiful day….
I took off my shoes and enjoyed walking the sand barefoot….
So Many people were walking going both ways…..Up and down the Beach…There are hotels and Condos each way as you look in the distance. Reminds me of Cancun…..lol…but without the waiter in his white tux and black tie that served us on the beach….The Waves just kept splashing on my ankles. I was cool but not cold….Really a great feeling with the Sun shinning brightly in the sky..
We seen a couple coming with their dog. It was a Golden Doodle. That is the kind of dog Tina just got. Dexter is just 9 weeks old. So we talked with them awhile.
They were very friendly and just loved their puppy. He was 4 years old and very good natured. He just wanted to play….
We also seen a fisherman. He said they probably weren’t biting today. The waves were to rough….This guy had everything he needed on his cart…lol…fishing pole, tackle box and bait, chair and of course cooler…..so just go stick your pole out in the sand on the beach, sit down in your chair, take out a beer, and just relax in the sun….Now that’s the way to fish….lol…or at least relax….
We collected some shells and finally decided to walk back…..When we got back to the boardwalk up to the parking lot, we noticed some kites across the road…In fact…..LOTS OF BIG KITES….
So we drove over to the beach on the otherside. They were having a Kite Festival….It was so cool…
Beautiful kites flying all over the beach…..Teams had came from all over, even Canada to participate. We had stumbled across the Annual Kite Festival that takes place the first weekend in February…..It was so awesome to see these guys fly these kites. It took so much strength and talent….
We walked all over the beach and enjoyed all the music and the gorgeous weather….The teams were showing off there talents of flying their kites to choreographed music. I think the one that impressed me the most was the one by Lee Greenwood….God Bless the USA….That will forever bring back memories. That was the song that they played over and over when the Space Shuttle Columbia blew up and the 7 crew members were killed. By the reactions of the crowd, everyone was overwhelmed with emotion also…………………Now after looking up the Space Shuttle disaster, I found out that it happened Feb 1 2003…..exactly 12 years ago this weekend….. “We will never forget will we”………
Eventually we left, drove back over the Causeway to Port Isabella. We took some of the back streets to just see the non touresty part of town….lol….We ended up at one of the back inlets…..
Some working fishing boats and residents boat docks, lined the water.
Some really cool sea gulls just sat on the roofs. Probably looking for food…
We finally headed for home…..Oh gees….We didn’t take any cash….lol…..I didn’t even have my purse….All I had was my bag with my dirty dishes from breakfast. Rich had the bank card in his pocket (and his drivers liscense)…..lol….So when we got back to Harlingen, we stopped at Mr Gattis …….They have a buffet of pizza and pasta, potato, and salad bar. All for 12.99 for 2 seniors….Cheap……..
That’s all the Money we spent for the day……$12.99…..lol….
4 thoughts on “South Padre Island and The Annual Kite Festival….Outstanding….”
Wow, you folk stumble on the best things. What fun. You REALLY are enjoying your retirement. Who would have “thunk” it.
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This was really a fun day…We are now learning….Time to put a couple of bag chairs in the truck….We could have sat on the beach all day watching them fly….lol….
You are so right, The kite flying is one of the prettiest sights in that area. I love it when they fly to the music, The last time I saw them, they were flying to the ‘ Phantom of the Opera.’ The people flying them were dressed in costume.
I had heard they was not going to have the festival anymore. So glad they are. That is a highlight of our visit.
Virginia…We stopped in the Kite store after…Suzy and her husband had been the head co-ordinators all the past years and had stopped last year due to health reasons…A local club on the Island took it over this year…It is pending as to if it will continue. Depends if they make the money needed. It was so awesome, so enjoyed the afternoon. This taught us to take chairs with us at all times…lol..Never know when you will need them….Glad you enjoyed the blog….