|Pirates Landing dinner cruise ship|
For dinner we ordered the Hawaiian salmon. (What? There are no salmon in Hawaii!) It had more to do with preparation. I would have called it teriyaki pineapple salmon. It came with a baked potato with butter, and a plate full of steamed vegetables. We also had a side salad. Very good dinner!
|Oh so good!|
In the courtyard outside restaurant are beautiful birds. There is a board that tells their names, words they can say and what their personalities are like. The cockatoo below loves to dance.
|The town square in Port Isabel is a lighthouse|
|Here's the causeway, empty in both directions.|
|Sand castle in front of Visitors Center|
The convention center on South Padre Island has a Wyland Whaling Wall painting we wanted to see and there is a free boardwalk out to the marshes next to Laguna Madre Bay.
|Whaling Wall #53|
"Orcas Off the Gulf of Mexico"
|Bob next to the Wyland Whaling Wall|
The big thing on South Padre Island, besides the Schlitterbahn Water Park, hotels, restaurants and souvenir shops, is the water. Cars and people were all over the sand both on the Gulf Coast side of the island and on the Laguna Madre Bay side of the island.
|Laguna Madre Bay - hopefully the tide is going OUT!|
|On the boardwalk to Laguna Madre Bay|
|Great blue heron|
|South Padre Island Convention Center|
At 9:00 p.m. South Padre Island does fireworks on summer weekends. We wanted to see the fireworks, thought maybe we'd park the car somewhere and watch. Hah! We stayed in the traffic to get off the island because it was it's own parking lot. Remember, we had been warned.
9:00 came and, lo and behold, the fireworks show went off in front of us. LOL. We had front row seats stuck in traffic.
We finally made it off the island at 10:00 p.m. While we were in traffic in Port Isabel. After we had come to a stop and were starting to move forward our car was hit from behind. Thankfully we weren't going fast, but I told Bob we needed to pull over and exchange insurance information.
We pulled to the side. The guy who hit us was going to drive by and not stop. Bob yelled at them to pull over because they hit our car. They wouldn't pull over. But the guy stopped in the lane of traffic, rolled his window down and started cursing the "F" word at Bob. That guy was way out of line. Bob kept yelling, "You hit my car. YOU hit MY car." The guy's wife/girlfriend was apologizing to Bob, but the guy kept hurling insults at Bob. They drove off. Another car pulled up and stopped. They had witnessed that guy driving erratically and irresponsibly before he hit us. When they saw him hit us they stopped as witnesses. The wife gave her business card to Bob. She is a parole officer. She had written down the license number and make and color of the car that hit us.
Because we were distraught, we pulled over at a Dairy Queen and called 911. Apparently our witnesses had called 911 just before I did. The Port Isabel police came over and took our statements, DL and insurance info, plus the license number of the car that hit us. The officer looked our car over and all we could see was a scratch on the bumper. He didn't think there was any major damage. By then we had calmed down and headed back to the B&B. We got in about 11:00 p.m. What a day!