Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Number 41: Port Isabel Lighthouse

Port Isabel Lighthouse State Historic Site in Port Isabel was not at all what I expected.

One of only 5 remaining Texas Lighthouses
I thought it would be on the coast with a large open park area surrounding it.  Maybe some oleander and palm trees.

The Smallest State Park at .9 acres.
Not at all the case.  After climbing a series of 3 ladders,

The only lighthouse that allows admission to the public.
including a real wooden ladder,

ascending the 75 steps to the top,

you can see you are not on the coast, nor surrounded by park.  You are smack dab in the middle of town.

You can, however, see all the way to Padre Island (the spring break capital of Texas) from the top.

Padre Island is 2.37 miles across the Laguna Madre over the Queen Isabella Causeway
The streets around the lighthouse are very touristy with shops and restaurant, but did offer up this wonderful bronze statue.

And I had to get a picture of this flowering cacti that was growing in the parking lot.  Is it just me or do the flowers look like bunches of bananas?

We couldn't drive all the way without at least checking out the beach on Padre Island.  It was a very windy day and the red flags were flying, but Breck loves a good beach.

I, however, am partial to trees, city benches, and shade.

But now I have a new goal when we are finished visiting all the state parks; visiting the remaining 4 lighthouses in Texas.  One down.