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Going to the beach is like visiting a little corner of Heaven, it really is. The kids are never happier than when they’re on the beach, digging in the sand, running from the waves, just laughing and playing. Boredom never makes an appearance when they’re at the beach. It’s one place I feel my entire body begin to just let go of the stresses of life and relax. Breathing in the warm sea air is one of the most wonderful feelings in the world.
For our 13th wedding anniversary back in June, we visited the small island town of Port Aransas outside Corpus Christi, Texas. The beach was absolutely beautiful. To see more of our photos, you can check out our Flickr album….
We rented a golf cart for one day and drove it out to the beach and all over town. The beaches in Port Aransas have beach access roads where you can drive all the way down the beach and find the perfect spot to pitch your umbrella. Camping is also permitted if you purchase a permit, something we were excited to find out. We’re thinking a camping trip may be in order at some point in the near future.
The water was like bath water, so warm. The boys and I had fun boogie boarding. For Jaden, it was his first time boogie boarding. Jacob loved every minute, trying to catch a good wave. You could literally walk out a long ways and still not even be waist deep in the water. Jaden reminded me of when I was little, chasing the waves up and down the shore. He just ran, laughing and splashing all the way.
They both love digging in the sand and finding buried treasure in the form of sand dollars and seashells. Stay tuned for a future post I’ll share about our visit to St. Jo Island, a short ferry ride from Port Aransas, an island where we found quite a few sand dollars.
The beach was really not very crowded; our last day there, jellyfish began to come ashore, so we were pretty much chased out of the water. We didn’t relish the thought of dealing with a jellyfish sting. That evening, we walked the Horace Caldwell Pier. It cost about $2 per person, and you can stay out there all night if you like, fishing the night away. Fishing was huge in Port Aransas. The views from the pier were also amazing, especially with the sun setting behind us. The waves just billowed up and to the shore.
Honestly, I just feel like the ocean is so formidable and has such awe-inspiring mystery surrounding it. From things washed ashore to waves crashing in at night…. I sometimes would sit and imagine what it might be like to sail away and explore to my heart’s content.
We fell in love with Port A. It was so laid back, and the water was absolutely beautiful. If you’re missing the sounds of the ocean, you may enjoy this video….
I can still hear the crashing of the waves when I go to sleep at night….