Saturday we needed to get away from the coach for a few hours so we took a drive to South Padre Island. In particular we went to the SPI Birding Center to buy our annual membership and passes. For $45.00 apiece we can come and go as often as we choose during our stay here and
I’m sure we’ll get our money’s worth.
The Birding Center is one of 9 World Birding Centers in S. Texas. They are privately run and volunteer staffed. I’ve enjoyed visiting this one for the last 8 or 9 years. With 3300 linear feet of boardwalk and 5 bird blinds there’s plenty of space to wander around at ease while checking out the birds in the swampy land. Birds are joined by alligators, turtles, crabs and fish of a Gulf Coast variety. Today wasn’t a great day for shooting photos — in fact I’d left my camera and phone at home so I’m using some file photos to make my points.
Today with a nice breeze there were 20 or 30 wind surfers offshore having a ball. Had I had my camera with me I’d have taken a few shots but they were North of the Expo Center and too far away to be anything more than a speck on an iPhone photo anyway.
Today was also the date of the SPI 1/2 Marathon. We arrived just as the cops were taking away the traffic cones at the end of the event. Looks like they had a decent turnout though — always good to see.
I love being 1/2 an hour away from SPI!
Thanks for stopping, and I’ll be here again tomorrow. Stop by and say Hi!