Unofficial: Camping at Padre Island National Seashore

Disclaimer: This is a major experiment and is by no means an organized meetup. It is very unofficial and I make no claims as to the quality or level of planning.

As many of you know by now, I am a total degenerate windsurfer. Well, most windsurfers or kiters I know end up being pretty degenerate, but that's beside the point. Anyway, I make a few trips out to the coast during Spring-Fall, and over the past couple of years that I've been paleo, I've come to see it as a pretty ideal escape for the primal enthusiast: undisturbed nature, wind, water, sun, and wildlife. Sounds like my kind of getaway.

If you've been contemplating making a trip out to Padre Island National Seashore (near Mustang Island/Beach past Corpus Christi), I extend this invitation as an opportunity to go camping/windsurfing/kayaking/canoeing/bodyboarding/sunbathing/whatever you want to do at the beach with primal living friends.

Again, I am not organizing this meetup in any way. If you RSVP, I'll loop you in on planning emails, but you should consider it a pretty independent affair. You'll have to arrange your own transportation, food, shelter, diversions, etc. either with friends outside this group, or friends inside this group.

Here's a brief rundown of the conditions:

– Gas will be EXPENSIVE. It will SUCK. This is a major expense: you will drive ~500 miles so carpooling is wise.

– Camping can be free (primitive camping: no bathrooms, all paleo) or cheap ($8/car with showers and bathrooms at Malaquite Beach Campgrounds)

– Park entrance fees are $10 for a weekend, or $30 for the year.

– You are at most 30 mins away from civilization. South Padre Island Drive is the most commercialized stretch of road I have ever seen. There are HEBs, Academys, Walmarts, tons of restaurants, etc etc

– Worldwinds ( is a world-class windsurfing shop with lessons and rentals (I bought all my gear from them). They also have kayaks and stand-up paddling rentals. You can look on their website for rental rates, but you should expect to call ahead and make a reservation if you want to try this sport. But just to set the expectation: If you have no wind-awareness or background in a wind sport, it will be really freaking hard the first time. It took me 3 years to get to a level where I can say that I don't suck (but I still do kind of).

– Corpus Christi proper has a few attractions as well, aside from cockroaches. There is the state aquarium, and other touristy things to do. CC freaks me out though, so I stay far, far away.

– CC/PINS are also fishing paradise from what I can tell.

Yeah, so that's the main idea. I love these weekends because the primal living attitude really shines through when you're immersed in such a pristine environment. It will really put the lifestyle factors in perspective for you, and remind you that there is a lot beyond diet that we should care about. RSVP if you're interested—I'd love to share the experience with primal living friends.

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