I think Chris probably spent more time on this seashore than I did—really I may have only been once when Chris stopped to fish somewhere on the Indian River Lagoon. I know he went up to fish fairly often when we lived on the Space Coast.
My visit to this park is intermingled with our Florida Trail thru-hike since the end/beginning of the trail is at Fort Pickens.
Padre is one national seashore I have always wanted to hike or drive the length of. When we moved back to Texas I had the grand idea to hike the beach from North Padre down to South Padre, which meant hauling a lot of water, but that idea never made it further than being an excited grand scheme in my head. I grew up going to Port Aransas and Corpus Christi for family vacations which meant I saw my share of visits to North Padre Island. Most of this time was spent surfing the waves at the beach but most recently, as you will see below, was seeing sea turtles being released! I’m so glad that this park has had success with their Kemp’s ridley sea turtle population and I hope their success continues to grow!