On our 4th day in the Valley we made plans to leave McAllen and head to South Padre Island. We have visited the island in the last two years but never stayed the night. This year we decided we would make a nice stop here and explore. We did. We didn't regret it. There was so much to do, we have decided that next year, we need to stay an entire week. It's really worth it. If you plan correctly, you can really divide your time between the beach and an activity, daily.
I don't know how it happened but my children are some type of hippie beach loving kids, here I am a true hermit. They really do take me out of my comfort zone and into a place of peace. As crazy as that may sound, but it's who we are. Crazy. Regardless of the chaos, we manage to find peace. Just us four, taking it all in. Embracing the moment and loving life. My Husband is the outdoors loving person that I am not. I love that we are so different, we do things that we probably wouldn't do if he didn't push us.
One of the best things that happened the first day, we went to a souvenir shop for some shirts and sunscreen. The attendant gave us 2 boogie boards with our purchase. Best beach accessory ever. The kids spent the whole time trying to conquer the waves. They had so much fun. They showed their determination and courage. Especially Camila. My little free spirit. Santiago was so happy he took time to mediate on the beach. The first night was great.
I don't know how or when it happened but by the end of our trip I realized how big my kids have gotten....
I cry a little. It's scary that time can just fly by. It makes you want to make time stand still....
Day 4-Day 6
::McAllen, TX to South Padre Island, TX::
::South Padre Island, TX::
Monday Night-Wednesday Morning
Monday night- Beach
Sea Turtle, Inc.
On our 2nd day on the beach we woke up early had breakfast in our hotel and then headed out for the days adventure. And, boy oh boy did we have an adventure!
In the morning we visited Sea Turtle Inc. A hospital and conservatory on the island. We learned so much about sea turtles from their birth on the beach to their extinction. It really inspires you to try and help preserve not only the sea turtles but all animals. They are so amazing. How they birth and survive is just a true creation from up above. To know that people dedicate their entire lives to study, learn and wholeheartedly help these creatures is very impressive.
The admission is on a donation basis, they have a suggest donation. Very affordable. They have a cute little gift shop filled with turtle goodies. We walked around saw some of their open tanks with some of their more recent rescues. Then they gave two small presentation, the first one led by the Executive Director, he was so knowledgeable and you can tell he loves his job. The second was given by one of the Summer Interns for the children, it involved a very elaborate puppet show and participation by the kids. It was a nice experience. The kids loved it. Then they got to feed the hospital's largest turtle; Gerry.
This was a great activity for the entire family, very affordable and informative. I recommend going.
To be continued! I still have more to share...don't miss the rest of the recap next week!!!
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