Wednesday, June 8, 2016

The Gulf

Last weekend, we took a little drive south and east to the Port Aransas/Corpus Christi area. I had been craving a beach trip for a while, and since at that point I hadn't just read an article about someone getting flesh eating bacteria from swimming in the Gulf of Mexico, it seemed like a swell way to spend a weekend. We left on Friday night after work which meant hitting a bit of traffic and just barely making it to the Dairy Queen before it closed (apparently freeway exit Dairy Queens that are the only thing to eat for miles close at 8 pm on weeknights), but otherwise it was an uneventful, and actually rather scenic drive. 
The sunset as viewed from the Dairy Queen. Some days I think about getting an Instagram, but then I remember I already have a blog.
Prior to the trip, there had been a 90% chance of rain forecasted for the weekend. We vowed to bring martini fixings and to suck it up and make the best of it. As it turned out, it didn't even rain once (although we did experience some actually rather pleasant cloud cover). Now I feel vindicated in my usual lack of trust in and ignoring of the weather app. We didn't spend too much time at the beach, which is how I managed to not get sunburned despite negligent reapplication of sunblock, but I did take a few photos. These are from the random public beach near Mustang Island State Park.

Under the fishing pier. Don't know if people were having any luck, but there were tons of fish jumping in the waves.
The beach we went to was nice enough and pleasantly uncrowded, although that could also be because some people are more scared of foreboding weather than our crew. There were decent waves to make attempts at body surfing, and the sand wasn't outrageously hot. That coupled with the lack of jellyfish made it an instant win over Galveston.

Those skies look ominous, but it was all for show. 
Sam kicking back with his monster margarita at a restaurant by our AirBnB.
All in all, it was a fun trip. I didn't quite get my fill of the beach, so I might try to go back later in the summer. Flesh eating bacteria be damned!

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