Views of the Neighborhood – Spring Break

Walking the pups on Saturday, it looked like the day was going to be overcast. Secretly I was hoping the fog would stay since it is spring break time.

Well, no such luck. As you can see the first day of spring break was beautiful. Kites in the sky told me there were people on the beach.

Spring break

Looking North my worst fear was confirmed.

The ground view did not show any improvement.

Camps were set up.

The Beach Patrol was on the prowl.

The kids were getting warmed up for a good old-time. (to be read drunk)

State Troopers were there with drug-sniffing dogs. We witnessed an interrogation and search of a suspect.

The crazies were out with their motorized equipment, lawn chair and carpet.

The pelicans were keeping formation in spite of the chaos below.

The blue heron was keeping watch over his mile marker perch.

To support law enforcement who come from all over during spring break, our neighborhood volunteered to fix two-weekend meals for the officers, EMTs and support staff.

Saturday night was Chili night. Debbie Robertson organized the event, and our community is Beachwalk II.

There were about 72 meals served.

The meal gave the officers a little time to relax and share stories.

Feed the Blue

Here are the volunteers of Beachwalk II.  My Producer is one of the volunteers.


  1. That meal idea is pretty cool. Hope this spring break isn’t as bad as previous ones.

    1. So far it has been pretty calm. Thanks, Charles.

      1. That’s good. How long does it go for?

      2. Two weeks. Should be done by the 25th

  2. Blimey, that looks like a total nightmare. But its great that you support the police. It looks delicious

    1. Thanks, Bee. it is a nightmare for sure. 😀

  3. Fingers crossed for a quiet one!

    1. Thanks, Keith. The weather is not supposed to co-operate. Praying for rain, sleet, dead of night.

  4. Spring ‘break’ is an ironic term for those peeps in uniform. It’s great to see they were taken care of with some good food, that’s really cool.
    And as always, you provide some beautiful captures.

    1. Thanks, Marc. I always want to say Spring Broken after it is all over.

      1. Hahaha! Yes, that would be appropriate, wouldn’t it?

  5. Wonderful events, dear John! Great!

    1. Thank you, Maria.

  6. I love the community spirit on display, John. Have your girls ever gotten close to the working dogs? I’ve often wondered what Maddie would do if she ran into our K-9 unit. I fear the worst 🙁

    Good luck this week.

    1. Unless ours were packing cocaine I think the K-9 would be well behaved. of course Bailey would start talking smack and cause a riot. Thanks, Dan

      1. That would be Maddie.

      2. Tee-hee… Bailey — talks smack and plays Candy Crush. Love it, John.
        I cringed when I saw your title for this post. You’ve indicated that there were lots of law enforcement folks from all over… but the scope of it didn’t sink in until you said 72 meals served. Wow. That’s a lovely gesture from the community to them. Heartwarming. (And that’s nothing to do with any heartburn from frito pies. 😉 I know, but how could I resist?)
        Wonderful post. Hugs.

  7. Chaos has arrived! Thank goodness for all the first responder support. It’s time for the locals to lay low until the storm passes. 🙂

    1. Yes. You just witnessed my first and last excursion into the heart of darkness. 😀

  8. How wonderful that the “producer” and others help to support the law enforcement. Hopefully, the crowds won’t get to out of control. Hum…alcohol and climbing on top of a bus…doesn’t seem like the best idea. 🙂 Good luck, John!

    1. Thanks, Jill. I could not imagine being up there. Of course I’m not in my twenties either.

  9. Your neighborhood rocks, John.
    First responders are real heroes and deserve all the support they can get.

    1. We believe so as well, Hook. Thanks

  10. So nice to see all the community support for police officers and EMTs. Not so nice to cope with the spring break crowd, but it is only temporary.

    1. It seems like a long temporary though. Thanks, Jennie.

      1. I bet it does. You’re welcome, John.

  11. I love Port Aransas – but spring break, not so much. Not so much is the kindest thing I can say. I understand how it feeds the economy and I understand that kids need a place to play…but not so much.

    It warms my heart to see what the community does for the cops. It is indicative of why anyone who has spent time there, loves the place.

  12. John, as a local, you must hate this time of year! I am sure there is a community party when things resume to normal!

  13. Clearly, things get ramped up a notch in your area. I’m not sure they bring in troop(er) reinforcements in Galveston. It’s wonderful that your community helps out as it does, with meals and other kinds of support. I laughed at your Heart of Darkness remark. How appropriate — especially since some of the so-called “fun” is a little darker and more dangerous than it used to be.

  14. I have a question… perhaps a dumb one… how in Hades do people get a dune bike on the roof of a car and get it back down? I sympathize about the Spring Break woes… makes me VERY happy that Spring Breakers don’t come to my neck of the woods to play in the snow…

  15. Love the community spirit. A joy to see, John. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  16. That’s a wonderful idea about offering meals for law enforcement. Hang in there, John!

  17. I really like how your community pitches in for so many things.

  18. Wow! John, your community amazes me. They even turn a negative situation into something fun and worthwhile. While most probably don’t like the invasion, they come together to help those patroling the beach and keeping everyone safe. I love the dinner idea.

  19. Hope you get through the two weeks without any ugly incidents. I lived a few years on a beach in Mexico…it was not fun during the ‘break’ periods. This one will also pass… ♥

  20. I think the pelicans knew it was time to leave if the kids were there!

  21. Well things are starting to heat up over there. I hope it doesn’t get too crazy.

    I love that your community feeds those on patrol and at the ready. ^5!

    1. Thank you, Deborah. We have nice folks here.

  22. Those blue skies look fantastic. Wishing you and Molly had them to yourself. Looks like a great way to volunteer.

  23. What a wonderful idea, serving meals to those who have to work the Spring Break crowds! Looks like you’re going to have a crowd, too. All those sunny skies and miles of sandy beach are just too much of a temptation to kids who’ve been cooped up in classrooms and fighting the cold snows! Take heart, John — your “invaders” will be gone soon.

    1. Yes only twelve more days but who’s counting?

  24. When we used to fly kites on the beach there used to be a sport where people tied their like go-carts to a kite and whiz along the beach at breakneck speeds. My Mum used to constantly worry they couldn’t stop if we got in their way so we always had to move on if they came on the beach. Exciting to watch but it took over space.

    1. I can imagine it was dangerous for sure.

  25. Spring break is obviously underway. Cheers to your producer’s efforts. Meanwhile, great pic of the flying squids!

    1. Thank you. They are beautiful in the air.

  26. Happy Spring Break, John. I can see why people want to visit that beautiful beach. Such a great thing to do in providing the Law Enforcers with a meal. Hope the crowds were not too noisy. Some of them looked to be having good fun. Was there loud music being played near that bus where the kids are standing on top of the roof?

    1. Loud is an under-description. As The Producer and I drove by a guy on the loudspeaker said, “Lets make some f—in noise.”

      1. I’d recommend some earplugs, then. I hope I wasn’t like that 40 years ago.

  27. Wow! What a change from your pre-spring-break photo! Even in college my spring break meant putting in more hours at my job. Your photos show me what I was missing. lol!

    1. Not sure you missed anything, Rhonda. Thanks for the comment.

  28. All the best, John. It’s great you have the police backup. They look like guys and gals who would be all business. Have a great rest of the week. 🙂 — Suzanne

    1. Thank you, Suzanne. You as well. 🙂

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