Yesterday was a frightful weather day. It was cold and colder and we did not budge from the warmth of the motor home. Again, last night, Mark made sure we had water in the tanks and the hoses were disconnected. Sure enough this morning, the water was frozen, but the sun was shinning and the temperature was slowly rising. This looks like it is going to be a good day.
We had a leisure morning before heading out to meet up with Mac and Lynette. We picked them up at their park and drove over to
Port Isabel. There we met up with Nolan, Donna, and Nolan’s sister, Leona, and brother in law, Jerry.
We had a great seafood lunch at
Pirates Landing. After resisting
these goodies, we headed across the
Queen Isabella Causeway to South Padre Island.
The two-mile long Queen Isabella Causeway is the only road connecting the island to the mainland. The Causeway was opened in 1974.
The Causeway is the longest bridge in Texas, stretching 2.37 miles across the Laguna Madre.
Once we were on the
island, we located the convention center where the
market and craft show was being held. We had a fun afternoon shopping. Lynette and I came away with a few fun jewelry items, but we made Mac and Mark leave some silly hats behind.
When we were shopped out, we headed to the beach where we found this guy
having some fun in the sun and wind. Then, we took
a drive down the gulf side. It was way too cold for us to walk on the beach today, so I will have to save putting my toes in the water until another day.
We stopped in at the Dairy Queen for a treat before heading
back across the causeway into Port Isabel.
This was a special day trip for me, because this is where my grandparents lived for 27 years. When they moved here in 1968, this was a tiny little fishing town and there was nothing on the island but sand. Over the years we have watched it grow into the popular tourist destination it is today. I think if my grandparents could see it today, they would shake their head in disbelief.
On our way out of town, we stopped to take this picture of
their old house and neighborhood. What fun we have all had here as a family. I could almost smell the fresh apple cakes that I know would have been baking in the oven!
What a nice day we had in the sun with friends. It was a beautiful day to reminisce a little and to make a new memory or two.