Sunday, April 28, 2013
South Padre Island, TX
68* at noonish
Awww, today wasn't nearly as good as I'd hoped it would be. We had a "Sea Life Adventure" planned which was supposed to show us birds, dolphins, and other sea life as found. It was a 2 hour cruise/tour, and we did get our 2 hours and we did see one or two dolphins. AND, fortunately, we had an enclosed cabin on our particular boat because about 20 minutes into the cruise we needed it.
Our boat was called the Osprey.
Here they are dropping the trawling net and we are watching for dolphins and watching a squall approach.
They started pulling in the catch, but it was too windy and the water had gotten too rough, so the captain had to stop the boat and help with a winch from the top of the boat to get the net pulled in. By this time, the rain had also started VERY hard and they had us go into the enclosed part of the boat and brought the smaller shallow pan into the cabin to show us.
The rain was pelting down , the waves were rolling, the wind had picked up with 45-50 mph gusts, and it was really cold once we got wet. The two helpers only had on jeans and short sleeved shirts and were soaked. The other family had on summer clothes, entirely and were freezing. I felt badly for them. Mr. C and I both had totally soaked pants/jeans, but the windbreakers had kept us pretty dry on top and I even had my hood up.
So, we managed to see the stuff they brought up from the trawling net.
|A sea urchin which I got to hold.|
|A large cuttlefish|
|A giant sea slug (Spanish Dancer, I think he said) It was slimy and squishy.|
|A fish I can't remember.|
|A spider crab|
So I guess we got our money's worth, but I still feel cheated, somehow. I'm greedy, I wanted a nice trip and good pictures, and really hoped to get some wading bird information and pictures. Oh well, we have a trip planned to the birding area and hopefully can get some good sights and pictures there in a day or two. Depends on the weather, though, as it's supposed to be rainy all week. I can't really complain, Texas needs the rain as badly as IL did for awhile, but I can wish it had gotten its rain either before we got here or after we left.
We did go take a short drive towards the North-North/East end of South Padre Island (looking for the birding area and the sea turtle sanctuary) and saw some interesting sights: Huge sand dunes, on BOTH sides of the road and signs that said, Watch for sand drifts on road, and there were some, guess they must need to "plow sand" occasionally, rather than snow, LOL.
We also took a very short walk on the beach (it was cold, and I'm having some problems with extreme Vertigo and it's worse when I'm not on flat even terrain, so walking in shifting sand is hard). We saw tons of sea weed thrown up by the storm Man of Wars and other types of Jelly Fish. Too bad they're "bad guys" because I find them strangely pretty.
So, that's it for today, I hope you enjoyed the little bit we were able to see and get pictures of, and that you will follow along as we continue the Adventure of Chasin' our Rainbows. Smiles, Sue C