Posted by: Cross Country Couple | December 1, 2010

Day 76 … Padre Island, Corpus Christi, TX

We had hoped that the oil change and fuel injector cleaner would suffice, but the car is still running a bit rough today. Nevertheless, we hit the road towards Corpus Christi, TX. The plan is to head to Padre Island National Seashore. At Padre Island, all guests are welcome to drive out on the beach and camp free of charge. Admission to the park will also be free with our national park pass. We drove for a little more than three hours before we entered the city of Corpus Christi and crossed the bridge to Padre Island. At the visitors center, we were able to get a free (cold) shower and some park information. The ranger suggested we head bo further than the 5 mile mark seeing as the Escort is only a 2-wheel drive vehicle. Back in the car, we headed for south beach where we drove along the shoreline about 3 1/2 miles down the beach. The weather is mostly cloudy today, but humid and warm. Padre Island is a barrier island which has a tendency to collect floating debris from the gulf coast. We fought gusts of wind as we set up camp. Looking forward to lounging around for the day, we went for the big tent and air mattress. The sand made it difficult to stake down the tent, but we manage to secure the tent from the northbound winds with a pipe found on the beach and one of the oars from our boat. We spent the rest of the daylight hours walking the beach, napping, and playing along the shore. As the sun began to set, we made a last minute decision to set up the rainfly in case of rain and in hopes of keeping out sand.

The Escort and our tent on Padre Island.

As it turns out, setting up the rainfly may not have been the best decision. At about 3:00AM, the wind changed direction and picked up speed heading southbound. The rainfly was more like a sail forcing the tent to collapse time and time again. We spent the early morning hours getting sandblasted and trying to keep the tent from blowing away.





  1. OK so I am late to this blog reply game, but here it is…I mean I am…
    WHAT BOAT!?!?

    • We have a four person inflatable boat with two oars, life jackets, and seat cushions stored in the cargo pod. Comes in handy on occasion.

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