Flew from Fort Worth to Brownsville this weekend and went to South Padre Island for sightseeing. There was a pretty good south wind – about 40kts at 3,000 feet – so the trip down took about 4 hours while the trip back north took only 2 hours and 45 minutes.
Other than the wind, the conditions were nice for flying but not that nice for sightseeing. There was an overcast layer at 2,000 ft MSL with tops at 3,000 ft MSL at Fort Worth and that continued as overcast or broken down to about Victoria where the clouds spread to scattered to broken. So for most of the trip the only scenery was clouds.
Here are a few pictures from the trip.
After a quick fuel stop at Victoria, I continued on to Brownsville via Corpus Christi.
After arriving at Brownsville, which was exciting in itself since the winds were 150 degrees at 27 kts gusting to 35, I drove over to South Padre Island and went to the South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center. They are located on the Laguna Madre side of Padre Island and have some convenient boardwalks built over the marshy areas of the island and out over the bay.
Note, I am not a birder. I like looking at birds, but I do not know a lot about them. I am looking them up at http://www.birdfinder.com and allaboutbirds.org, so the names I am giving them are very possibly wrong. Feel free to add corrections in the comments.
North of the birding center, the sand dunes are reclaiming the road.
Not a bad trip, and a lot easier and more fun in a small airplane than in a car or the airlines.