San Antonio sucks and circumstances came together yesterday so I decided to set off on a spontaneous road trip to get some beach time. I haven’t really gone anywhere special in a very long time so the time was ripe for a getaway. There’s a spot that I’ve been looking to check out for a few years but never took the time. It’s just a little south of Corpus Christi on Padre Island.
I gathered a few supplies together and hit the road. It took me about 3 hours to get there from San Antonio. After a quick stop at Subway for a 6″ veggie delight is made my way to the beach. Traffic was a little heavy since half of the world was going to the beach on Saturday.
The area is at the boundry of the regular beach and Padre Island National Seashore park. Bollards are set up in the sand to prevent anyone from driving on that part of the beach. That effectively cuts off access to the riff-raff. Park right there.
I brought along my bicycle so I could easily travel a nice distance from the common people who don’t appreciate speedos or nudity for unfathomable reasons.
I loaded up my bike with water, towel and sunscreen and set off down the empty beach. At the start there were a few people brave enough to wander more than 10 feet from their car.
About half a mile I ran across one guy on a lawn chair still wearing clothes. Weird.
At maybe around a mile I was completely alone with nobody as far as the eye can see. This is special! One is seldom alone anymore in this crowded world.
There was nothing but beach, sun, and birds to keep me company. Nice!
I applied sunscreen and played in the water and the sand for a while. This is the best thing ever. I wished I had brought my frisbee to toss into the wind and catch it when it comes back.
Occasionally the park ranger would drive past in his four wheeler. You could see him coming way in advance. I either put on my swimsuit or sat in the water and waved. It would seem unnecessary for him to tell me to get un-naked with nobody else around but best not to push it. If I was there with a group I might have risked it. I doubt he would have really cared.
After a while I thought I might ride my bike a little further down just to see what there was to see.
Naked bike riding is fun. I highly recommend you give it a chance.
Eventually three hours had passed as I frolicked around. It was nearing 4:00 so I decided to head back to the car. I was glad I brought my water. I was getting rather thirsty. Love my Yeti cup! Keeps Ice forever!
If you’re ever in Port Aransas, eat at The Crazy Cajun. I’ve been going there since I was in school. They opened in 1980 something and I’m glad to see they’re still there.
MMMMMMMMMM! The best.
Do it! Do it now!
There was a nice little wooden floating covered patio where I spent at least an hour looking at all the boats come and go.
I considered sitting on the edge and dangling my feet in the water but as I looked down a Sea Turtle was picking algae off the side of the patio. That would not have been good for my toes.
Note to self: Watch YouTube and learn how to sail in case you ever decide to steal a sailboat.
I braved the long line at the ferry and made my way back to the mainland to my motel. I recommend the Best Western at Ingleside and was lucky that I made my reservation online this morning. The world is booked up.
I slept well and woke up around 7:00 for the condemental breakfast then headed back up the highway to Mundania.
All in all, it was an inexpensive and enjoyable getaway. I must do this more often. Now that I know of a great place to enjoy the beach naked I will do it for sure. I wish I didn’t always have to do it alone.
Also: Sunscreen is amazing. Three hours in the direct sun and I didn’t get burned. I’m impressed.