June 30, 2013

Ahh…. The Beach

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Written by: Nydia O
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SPI June 2013

With the heat wave the entire country is experiencing it is nice to know that here in the Rio Grande Valley there is an oasis called South Padre Island.  Close enough from every city in the Valley; it is the great escape for a relaxing and cool afternoon.

It is easy to pack chairs, sunblock and towels, and even a few snacks and cold drinks before heading out there just in time for the sunset. Watching people go by is always enjoyable, couples of all ages walking hand in hand along the beach, dogs joyously plashing in the water as they fetch a Frisbee or a ball, kids attempting to build a masterpiece sandcastle, and sunbathers who impatiently check their tan lines hoping to acquire that seductive tan in just one afternoon.

Large family groups sitting under good sized tents surrounded by large ice chests and barbecue grills with kites flying high as backdrop.  The familiar “laugh” of the gulls like flute notes over the rhythmic hum of the breaking waves.  During the summer, the ocean is tranquil, and the water warm. There is no better stress relief than a good swim, and conscious deep breathing of the ocean breeze.

According to, we can improve our blood pressure, energy levels, heart function and even mood by simply breathing.  It is recommended to inhale and exhale deeply through the nose a few times allowing the breath to flow calmly and easily through our bodies. Continue to measure and count your breaths by inhaling and exhaling to the count of eight without rushing the count. You can also try breath retention for eight counts in between the inhalation and the exhalation. In addition to producing a feeling of elation, retaining the breath is helpful for agility, strength and flexibility of the body.

Temperatures are much lower on the beach, and after a good swim, it may even feel cool enough to want to wrap around a towel.  I took this photograph at about 8:00 p.m. as some people were packing and leaving the beach, but most of us stay until the last sun rays fare goodbye to the day. Soon after, if you are there on a Friday or a Saturday, a fireworks display starts at exactly 9:00 p.m.

We found a great place to have dinner; a place that welcomes those in bathing suits and flip flops, where we can listen to some live music before driving back home for a restful night’s sleep.

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About the Author

Nydia O
A bird does not sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.-Maya Angelou. La Vida Valle is where I write about "la vida" my life in the Rio Grande Valley. From this bi-cultural corner on the tip of Texas, I share my poems and my spiritual and travel experiences. I also blog about the arts, nature and my passion for historic preservation and architecture. But most importantly, let's talk about "la vida" - living our lives - in a vacation state of mind. Contributions and comments are always welcome .


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