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Monday, June 3, 2013

BEACH CAMPING

...is something of the past for me, I have to say. We and two of our friends joked that at least we can say that we've spent an entire night camping on the beach.

The view was insane:
But unfortunately, so was the humidity, wind, and flying particles of sand.

We all left for Corpus Christi (only a two and a half drive away from San Antonio) crammed into a small Jetta Volkswagon armed with swim suits, fishing rods, a pop up tent, and a cooler full of food, happily envisioning the ease of camping on a beach for the first time.

After singing along to 90's stuff like the Backstreet Boys (my husband grudgingly allowed this to go on for an entire hour) and caving into urges for ice cream, we reached Mustang Island, complete with a pretty stretch of beach front and dunes.
Trying to beat the sunset, the men immediately got to work setting up the tent and rolling out sleeping bags, while I halfway helped in a wimp-like effort and roamed around.

After setting up the tent and its belongings, all four of us decided to check it out and lie down. We all stared at the top of the tent for a few minutes, felt the humidity turn our arms and legs into water sponges, and decided to quickly get out of the tent and try and build a fire.
Despite multiple efforts to get the fire going, the wind howling in our faces, and the decision to dig a pit so the fire would somehow survive, we managed to create the little-fire-that-could. It lasted for three hours, unbelievably!

When our small fire finally died out, we crawled gingerly back into the tent flapping in the wind and tried to sleep. I don't think I've experienced a sweatier/sandier sleep in my life. The guys claim to have stolen about half an hour to one hour of sleep that night, but the girls snagged probably around five. Lucky us?

We were all up at the crack of dawn, but even though we were like zombies sleepily stumbling around in the sand, the sights and sounds were beautiful.
See?
I didn't take any pictures while we played for hours in the waves (the BEST), but it made up for the less than comfortable night beforehand. I have to be sure and bring my childlike gear consisting of goggles and floaties the next time around!


We were supposed to stay for two nights, but with votes of 3 to 1, we decided that beach camping is for extreme outdoor lovers. We returned to San Antonio sunburned and tired a day early, but hey! I've gone camping on the beach!

Corpus Christi, we'll see you soon...but next time we'll enjoy you from the comfort of a cheap hotel.

So...did you go on any adventures over the weekend?? Do tell. :)

5 comments:

Anna @ IHOD said...

Ahhh sounds amazing!! So much fun and the images look beautiful. I am all about trying new adventures so this one is going on the bucket list;)

Christine said...

I've gone camping before but not beach camping. It's tough to rough it up some camp sites I went to had at least hot showers.

I still cringe when I think of camping but it's fun with a group of friends for 1 or 2 nights. Nothing more for me.

jenni said...

I've never been camping on a beach but I've imagined it to be pretty much exactly what you described. Still, even though I do know better, I still want to give it a try. Maybe in the early spring or winter.

Abby said...

I've never been camping! You'd think living in the midwest I'd be a pro. Beach camping looks beautiful, I'd love waking up to that view!

Danie at Pasadya said...

Anna: I guess you could say it was on my bucket list. It's such a pretty sight to see, but I have to say I'm a little relieved to have it crossed off!

Christine: Ha, I totally agree with you!

Jenni: It is still worth a try, especially since I'm probably a weenie as it is. I think those times of the year would be a lot better with a cool air coming in. :)

Abby: Really? Well...I haven't been much at all. The first time I went was for a week-long backpacking trip in New Mexico before I went to college. I still found THAT easier than beach camping, ha! My husband's little brother went camping with friends at the beach and just slept in the bed of his truck. I really bet it's a lot more exciting and comfortable that way. :)

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