So here we are, back in Port Isabel, Texas. We needed a few days to get the last things together before we leave the USA. We needed another spare trailer tire, another belt for the van, laundry and showers. This part of Texas is pretty awful — all the campgrounds are for 55 and older and children are not welcome. It sprawls for more than 100 miles east to west and more than 50 miles north to south. The traffic is bad and there are so many stores we cannot even decide where to go. We headed to Port Isabel because we had been there before and we liked it. In 2011, I had a work emergency that landed us in Port Isabel for 7 days. We had to come here, it was the only campground that allowed kids. Port Isabel is the town closest to South Padre Island and we had a great time here. So we came back. The weather is sunny and 83 degrees. The beaches are beautiful until you look at the sand which is covered with garbage – and gross garbage. Yesterday we walked over a razor, medical waste, syringes and so much general garbage that it makes you sad. Luckily the sand blows and covers a lot of it up.
The dogs were very happy to be at the beach. Louie is older so he doesn’t run as much as Trek. Trek will take Louie’s leash in his mouth and drag Louie places. Its very cute to watch.
We stopped for ice cream – we had promised Sylvia we would get ice cream after immunizations and then had a really hard time finding an ice cream store with ice cream a five year old would like. We stopped at one that had trendy flavored gelato (avacado, bacon, cucumber). We stopped at three that were closed. We stopped at one that was $5 for an “extra teeny kids cone”. It looked like we were destined for a Dairy Queen but we found a real ice cream store in Port Isabel that served Blue Bell ice cream in old fashioned flavors.
Saturday is pizza night so after pizza, Mark and I went to Will & Jack’s Burger Shack on the pier for beer and burgers and listened to some live music. It was very nice.