Category: South Padre Parade

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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Rio History: Kicking the Can Pays Off

By STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the PRESS One day a few years back, a couple were hiking along a favorite section of their land they called “saddle ridge” when the woman’s foot caught on a rusty can that had been exposed by erosion. Upon closer examination, she was amazed to discover the can was full of gold coins! Digging …

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Writer’s Block: It’s Time for Sand

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com This weekend is shaping up to be an excellent one for the 31st Annual Sandcastle Days, and I can’t wait. The beaches are wide this year, free from last year’s king tides which forced the sand sculptors to huddle close to the base of Clayton’s deck, lest the …

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Rio History: Following the Tracks

By STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the PRESS The trip onto the flat area proved to be short lived. Bill circled around and headed towards the edge of a line of dunes. Now, I could see what had attracted his attention. There, half buried in the muck, lay an ancient weathered beam. The butt end of it showed a most …

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