Port Aransas

Photo-heavy post warning!

Last week we escaped down to Port Aransas on Mustang Island for a few days. It was a 4-hour drive from our place, which isn’t too bad, though some passengers disagreed:

Sienna is bored by long road trips.
Sienna is bored by long road trips.

 

There was a lot of rain on the way down, but it cleared up for a short while right when we arrived. We rented a cute little cottage, just a few blocks from the beach in one direction, and a few blocks from downtown in the other direction. Perfect location.

Our home for a few days. Cute, isn't it?
Our home for a few days. Cute, isn’t it?
Small but cute.
Small but cute.
My roadtrip outfit.
This is me keeping it comfy in my roadtrip outfit.

We had to make a blanket bed for Sienna because she kept sliding around on the tile.
We had to make a blanket bed for Sienna because she kept sliding around on the tile.

 

Check-in wasn’t until 4pm, so our first day there was pretty short. We settled in, unpacked, took a quick walk down the beach until it started spitting rain again, then went out to dinner at a tasty Italian place.

The next day we woke up to this outside:

Great beach weather.
Great beach weather…

 

Right. Beach day so not happening. We decided to head out to Corpus Christi to see the aquarium. A lot of the larger exhibits were outside, so we still couldn’t see those due to monsoon rain, but there was still some neat stuff inside.

Jellyfish at the aquarium.
Jellyfish at the aquarium.
Little tiny frogs!
Little tiny frogs!

Left: Seahorses chilling out. Right: Oh my god a giant head!
Left: Seahorses chilling out. Right: Oh my god a giant head!

 

Driving was a bit stressful, with the rain coming down so hard, but it was a good outing. The rest of that grey day was spent watching TV, reading, and eating Mexican take-out.

Finally, the next day dawned bright and sunny and perfect for getting to the beach. Time to introduce the little snugget to the ocean! She loved it, jumping waves and racing across the beach.

My two favorites.
My two favorites.
No problem dancing over the itty bitty waves.
No problem dancing over the itty bitty waves.
Reluctant to go out any deeper.
Reluctant to go out any deeper.
Charge! Probably my favorite picture of the trip.
Charge! Probably my favorite picture of the trip.

Me and one happy wet dog.
Me and one happy wet dog.

 

After the beach we took a walk around downtown, picking up some souvenirs and eating ice cream. Then there was a nap, and fresh seafood at this tiny local place for dinner. The next morning we had to be out by 11am, so once we woke up we packed and got on the road back home.

It was the first vacation we’ve had in awhile that was just us, no extended family. And it was awesome we could find a dog-friendly rental place, so Sienna could come along. Port A is pretty small, so there’s not a whole lot to do when it rains, which was a bit of a bummer. But with TV and books we kept entertained, and the sun did eventually come out. All of the local places we ate were tasty. Overall, it was a good little getaway. 🙂

I’d intended to do a What I Wore: Vacation Edition today, but, well… vacation happened and I got lazy. Sorry not sorry. 😀 Vacation-y photo montage will have to do instead. I mean, c’mon – cute puppy!

Have you been to the beach lately? What’s your favorite beachy place?
 

6 comments

  1. You already know Port A is my fave! I’m sorry ya’ll got rained on, but at least you had one good beach day! We’re hoping to go back in September (especially since we recently learned about an awesome German bakery in Corpus), but we’ll either need to take our dogs with us (they are pretty ill-behaved, so I’m not anxious to do this!) or figure out a more affordable place to board them (it usually ends up being a significant chunk of our vacation budget).

    1. Yeah, boading can be expensive! Especially if you’re gone for more than a few days. It looked like there were enough dog-friendly lodging options that you could take them with you if you wanted. Or you might check out Rover.com for a dog-sitter – some of the rates are lower than boarding somewhere like PetSmart.

    1. They were so itty bitty! Like the size of my thumbnail. Too cute.

      And yes, Sienna was in little doggy beach heaven, haha. 🙂