Journeys

August 13, 2013

New Article About SPI: Come Padre

SPI TX Monthly Article

Not only did I love the title “Come Padre,” but the entire article written by Jordan Breal for the August 2013 issue of Texas Monthly.

Jordan composed a three day itinerary in South Padre Island, Texas, in which she writes about Sea Turtle Inc., The Pearl Hotel, Clayton’s, API Birding and Nature Center, Pier 19 restaurant, our food, the fun, our weather and everything else.  At the end, she wrote about wanting to extend her vacation because she is having such a good time, which I am certain is a feeling shared by most visitors to South Padre Island.

In her opening paragraph, Jordan comments on the island’s proximity to Mexico, and I really thank her for writing this article, for she shows the world what a beautiful and safe area we have here in the Rio Grande Valley.  Never does she mention being afraid for her life, and she never mentions feeling uneasy or seeing any suspicious activity.  She does not mention it because it never happens!

We are not living amidst a border war, and none of us are afraid to go out at night and have a good time. There are no shootings, and our lives are not at risk. We are not flaunting guns, and we certainly are not wearing bullet proof vests.

People play golf right by the Rio Grande every day, while others birdwatch at wildlife habitats right on the banks of this river. We hike, we ride bicycles and we lead normal, happy lives. We are not at war here, so thanks again Jordan for writing about our beautiful South Padre Island. We hope you come back soon.

The featured photograph was the one used by Jordan for her story, and the photo was taken by Sarah Lim.

You can log in to Texas Monthly and post a message on Jordan’s story and keep up with her travels.

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About the Author

Nydia O Tapia - Gonzales
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" life in the Rio Grande Valley. From this bi-cultural corner on the tip of Texas, I share my poems and spiritual and travel experiences. I also blog about the arts,nature and my passion for historic preservation and architecture. But most important, 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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