Category: South Padre Parade

Writer’s Block: Tricky Birds

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com I was browsing through the aisles at HEB late one night last week when something caught my eye as I made my way down the pet food aisle looking for treats for my very pampered cat. It was HEB’s small collection of bird feeders and bird food. Stacked …

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Rio History: Larry’s Theory

By STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the PRESS Hi Steve, I have a treasure-hunting question that goes back a few years. I have heard that people have found gold doubloons on the beaches of Padre Island. I also heard that a wreck was found around the mid-60s. Is it true the finder and the State of Texas …

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The Versatility of a Determined Plant

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com “It’s so pretty!” I said to my dad last weekend as we lazed on a couch in the living room on a quiet Saturday evening. The TV was turned on; the sound of whatever program Dad was watching providing shapeless sound for all the attention I was paying …

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Rio History: A Brief Tale of a Shipwreck

By STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the PRESS Hello Steve, I am a transplanted Texan (Santa Fe) for 15 years and really miss the lifestyle of South Texas. I have been intrigued for several years with the shipwrecks of Padre. I saw one on a map listed as Nicaragua. It appeared to be located about 50 or so miles south …

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Writer’s Block: Hocus Pocus

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com “Double, double, toil and trouble;/ Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.” Thus chanted the three witches when Macbeth chanced upon them in a wood in the darkness of night. The witches were up to no good as they stood in the forest brewing up an unsightly stew filled with …

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Rio History: The Devil’s Elbow of Padre Island

By STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the PRESS The Loop Current flows through the straits of the Yucatan into the Gulf of Mexico and then splits. The main current loops southeastward flowing through the Florida Keys (where it is called the Florida Current), and then into the Atlantic. Another, lesser current, called a “Loop Current Eddy,” which is a clockwise rotating …

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Writer’s Block: Caldo Weather

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com You may have seen a certain meme making the rounds on social media. A tetraptych with one panel showing a photo of a terracotta mug of champurrado accompanied by a concha, another a heavy San Marcos blanket spread across a bed, the third a bowl of menudo with …

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Rio History: Treasure Hunting on South Padre Island

By STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the PRESS Wherever people gather to play, pay or pray, there will be treasure. Late fall has always been considered an off-season for the tourist trade here on South Padre Island, the whole Island just sorta slows down. Traffic is light, No lines at restaurants, grocery and convenience stores. The weather is beautiful and …

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Writer’s Block: Chaotic Serenity

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com As so often happens, I found myself taking several moments to pause as I went about my way this week. Moments of quietude where my attention was diverted from the hustle and bustle of the daily grind and redirected towards the goings on of the natural world. These …

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Life on the Boardwalk: A Rare Visitor from the Caribbean

By JAVIER GONZALEZ Special to the PRESS Late September and early October is a prime time for birding on South Padre Island. The seasons are shifting and birds are on the move! Birds are leaving their breeding grounds and most are migrating from northern latitudes to warmer climates in the tropics, riding south on the early …

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