Padre Island is a very special place. It’s a barrier island ( a long, low island that forms parallel to the coast) off the coast of Texas. We had heard friends mention it but didn’t know anything about it. Well it has the longest stretch of undeveloped seashore in the world. It is a place where migrating bird stop over. It is home to five species of endangered sea turtles. We set our sights on Malaquite Beach Campground. It had no hook ups, but was only $8 a night to camp right on the beach. Marcus and Caroline call this dry camping (when we unhook our camper and put the slides out, but have no hook ups.) We had filled the camper tanks with water, have a generator to charge our batteries and the fridge and stove run on gas. The one down side was that we had very poor cell connection. We spent hours on the beach learning about this unique ecosystem. We attended an informative ranger talk on animals and fish at the National Seashore Visitors Center. We all learned to tell the difference between fish and animal bones, about the ways shells grow (which I found fascinating,) and about the endangered Kemp’s ridley sea turtle who lays their eggs on the beaches here. After the talk we met another volunteer and she asked Marcus and Caroline what they had learned. They spent the next twenty minuted showing her all of the specimens on the touch table and explaining each one. She was so impressed by what they had learned. They completed the Junior Ranger Program after we all picked up trash on the beach. Really not too many people use these deserted beaches, but from the tides many things end up here. We picked up so many little pieces of styrofoam and bottle caps. We also encountered several globs of black tar form and oil spill. We learned about jelly fish and saw several Portuguese Man-O-War on the beach. We learned they are made up of four different animals that function as one unit. All in all this was just an amazing place to be. We just love the beach!