Monday, March 8, 2010
Ah, the vagaries of youth, and the weather.
We're walking the dogs along the road that bisects the campground because a storm dares us to try, just try, to walk along the beach.
We did that a few days ago; we pushed past that weather bully and met its wall of 50 mph winds that blew us, our dogs, buckets of sand and an ocean of water all the way home (well, all the way back to our motor home.)
So, today, because we lost to that tyrant in the past, we stay off the beach, walk the road then turn to head home.
Ahead of us, we see a couple of college kids carrying sleeping bags and other stuff across the road to pack it all into the back of their car. Then we see more kids, climbing/struggling through the sand, wrestling with that thug, that tormentor I told you about.
"Hey, guys," I holler. "Were you the ones in the tents, on the beach?"
"Yes," the guy groans. "We give up."
Ah, the weather bully wins again.
So I chat for a while and learn there are eight of these kids from Texas State University in San Marcos trying to live out their spring break dream of camping on the beach at the Padre Island National Seashore, enjoying the surf and the sun.
Instead, the winds billowed their tents all night and early this morning, the rain seeped through and they all got wet. And exasperated. And called it quits. Because the wind is relentless and the skies are gary and the Gulf of Mexico won't let anyone in to play.
And, anyway, one of the girls shyly admits, they noticed all the other people here in the park are, well, old. She grins her apology to me, one of the ones she consider, well, old.
So they're striking camp, but they've already shed their sadness. They no longer see this as a failed vacation. Instead, they've revamped and plan to drive three hours north to San Antonio, where the mom of one of the kids will dry them off, cook their meals and pamper them.
So they are happy to be leaving, laugh at the memory they've just created and acknowledge the weather, tomorrow, should be swell.