Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Huge Fish Caught in Port Aransas Texas

Man thats a big ol' Fish! I thought that kid nearly lost it for a second. Glad to see he recovered. I need to go out on a big boat again. I miss fishing the big ones.

Friday, July 1, 2011

How To Choose The Best Sunscreen

Its a little overwhelming. Every time I go into any store whether it be Walgreens, Walmart, Target, or any super market, they have many different types of sun screen, or sun block. Which one is best for you to use? Which one is best to use for your baby? Its hard to tell right now, and trust me we aren't the only ones confused. The FDA has announced last month that they will require all sun block lotions to report how effective they are on both UVA, and UVB rays. Both types of rays have been linked to both skin cancer and wrinkles. This doesn't however cover what chemicals are safe to use on your skin, but it is a step in the right direction. The last thing we need right now is to be giving our kids something that could give them cancer in the future. It is not the sun block that gives people cancer and wrinkles, it is the UVA, and UVB sun rays. This is why protection is key in preparing for the future, no one wants to get a sunburn either on their family vacation. A recent report and advisory from the American Academy of Pediatrics talk about the importance of putting on as much sunscreen as you can on baby infants. This is because they are more likely to get skin cancer if you don't put the sunscreen on them. If you are pregnant the best way to go is to use a mineral sun screen with titanium dioxide, or zinc oxide. These are more topical creams that are meant to stay on top of the skin, rather than be absorbed into the skin like most popular sun screens. Its hard to get away from the chemical sunscreens but alternatives do exist, and I recommend everyone take a look at them. The topical mineral sun screen's aren't as water proof, but they definitely do the trick, and are great if you are an expecting mother and worried about the added chemicals in some of the more popular brands. Just keep your eyes opened, be informed, and make an informed decision. Remember, its going to be a lot easier to get sunscreen soon, for now we are all a little more informed. Have a great summer, and don't let the sun beat the fun out of you!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Cool New Beach Toys Every Kid Must Have

GeoSafari's sea scope offers a nice way for kids to explore the murky waters in search for sea life. This is the perfect toy for the little scientist in your family. Watch as they discover many interesting things that wash up on the beach. You may even get lucky, and they bring you back some jewelry that was lost by some of the spring breakers. I have this toy for my little sisters, and when we get started its hard to put this thing down. It keeps the curious kids busy for hours!

These Trailin Tracks Dinosaur flip flops are fun for the younger kids. They put these things on, and they make tracks like their favorite dinosaur. It also helps protect their feet from the hot sand. Younger kids really get a kick out of these, and they come in a variety of sizes. Make sure you get the right size for your kid, and he will be running around in circles around your beach spot making scary dinosaur tracks! This is great for kids that love dinosaurs!

This Gowi water pump set is both fun and educational for kids of all ages! It is PVC free and it was made in Austria. Kids will be amazed how this aparatus pumps water from their bucket and turns the water wheel. It will also expand their minds and show them that a little bit of ingenuity can go a long way. This toy is great for kids of all ages. This is not your regular beach bucket toy!

We all know that building a sand castle is hard, especially when you are trying to build it up to your child's expectations. This Beach Builder kit developed by iPlay is a great new way to build your sand kingdom brick by brick. This makes it very easy to do, and it comes with very extensive instructions on how to teach your kids to make a great looking sand castle every time. You will have the best sand castle on your side of the beach! This is great fun for the whole family.

The OgoSport Super Sport discs are very fun to play with. You can paddle the kush ball to each other and try to keep it in the air while your doing it. They are all weather, and can really stand up to the beach temperatures. Instead of using the provided kush ball, you can even use water balloons so that the person that hits it too hard gets a splash of water. These discs are great fun way to play at the beach, and are a little more advanced than those Velcro paddles that fall apart at the beach.

These sand wheels are really cool. No one thought of this stuff when I was a kid. This is perfect to spark the minds of the toddlers in your life. They will keep pouring sand in the top, and watch the wheels come to life. This is a great way to spark the imagination of your kids. They will play with this simple toy for hours on end and they will want to take it to the beach every time they go. Its easy to clean, and it stands up to weather very well.

This is not your normal remote controlled car. This is called the Kid Galaxy Morphibians Shark. It is a very sturdy remote controlled car that can drive both on the sand, and in shallow water. Most remote controlled vehicles that can do this are quite expensive. This new remote control car is only $30. If you have an older kid in your family, or if you are that older kid, you will love playing with this toy and chasing your dogs with it. This thing can really stand up to the elements.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

The Back Porch Bar in Port Aransas

Its almost that time again for the crazy spring break that goes on in Port Aransas. The back porch bar has remained closed for a long time but in March 2011, it will reopen! This is a great hang out spot, and has a great view to watch while you get really messed up. This is one of my favorite spots to go to. They have great food, and even better drinks. You won't be disappointed this year, they are opening at the right time, and i'm sure its going to get crazy. The beach during spring break has huge lights, and people listening to Tupac and Biggie Smalls. So if that gets old for you, and you don't feel in that kind of mood be sure to head to the back porch. I can't promise that they won't play Lady Gaga, but it sure as hell won't be South Park Mexican. This is going to be great fun!

Here is there contact information:
132 W Cotter Ave
Port Aransas, TX 78373
(361) 749-2800

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

What is The Best Metal Detector For the Beach

The truth is there are many different types of metal detectors and they range from $100 - $1000 dollars. You want to find the best detector that feels comfortable to you. Don't worry about spending a lot of money on one of the higher end metal detectors. Some of these aren't worth the money anyways. I would start off by spending no more than 300$ and seeing if metal detecting is something you are truly interested in. Another great thing to remember is before you go out and start waiving your metal detector on the sand, do some home tests to make sure that its detecting various types of metal. Try testing it by burying some coins, or a ring, and seeing what it looks like to get a signal. This is also good for adjusting your settings and making sure you understand the ins and outs of the metal detector that you have just purchased. There is nothing worse then going out to the beach and being ready to find some serious booty, and you don't even know what a real signal looks like. Be ready, and make sure you know what to look for. Another great tip before you hit the beach is to make sure that the metal detector you are using has a headphone jack. Some people get weak signals because some of the metal is further beneath the surface, and they simply can't hear the beeping of their metal detector because of the waves, music, or other noises that come with being on the beach. It is best to have headphones so not only can you hear the signal, but you can also, not bother other people that are around you. Another great tool to have is a "bailer" a bailer is a scoop that people with boats use, so that they can bail water out of a leaking boat to keep it afloat. I would recommend obtaining a bailer, and then drilling holes in it so that you can scoop sand up and waive it in front of the detector to see if you have scooped up your find. The holes help the sand filter through and leave the metal object in the bucket. Be careful not to drill your holes to large, but at the same time not drilling them too small, so that wet sand can get through easily. They sell scooping buckets with holes already in them, but they can cost as much as $50 dollars! If i were you I would get a bailer from a boating shop, and drill the holes yourself. This way it costs you only $5! This is a great tip that I wish I knew when I first started detecting. The last tip is to be patient. You don't want to do things in a hurry, because you will skip over many things that  you wish you would have picked up. Make fun out of it, bring some beers, or water, and stay out there a while. I guarantee your patience will pay off. I hope my tips have helped you! Happy Metal Detecting! Here is a video I would like to share with you of a guy detecting on the beach...

Friday, February 11, 2011

List of Shark Attacks in Texas

It is very rare that shark attacks happen in Texas. They do happen however, and when they do it can become pretty bad really quickly. Many people that live in the Port Aransas, and South Padre Island areas of the Gulf of Mexico, say that there has been no deaths from a shark ever. They are clearly wrong. I will go through a list of people that have died from sharks. This wasn't made to freak you out, as you can see from this list it doesn't happen often, but take note of the location, and don't be caught unprepared to see a shark when your fishing, or riding wakes with your surf board.
  •  In August 19th 1962, Hans Fix (40 years old) was fishing in waist deep water in Andy Bowie Park, in the South Padre Island, Port Isabel area when he was attacked. He died from this attack, and it was confirmed that it was a bull shark.
  • In June 16th, 1937, A. Thompson Jr. (16 years old) was swimming in 4 feet of water in Galveston, Texas when his right arm was torn off by an unknown shark. The shark also mangled his right leg. He survived the incident but was made a cripple because of his encounter. This was probably also a bull shark that attacked him.
  • In September 23rd 19ll, John Bloomquist was killed and eaten by a shark in the Galveston ship channel, after jumping overboard to save a companion. This is a sad story, and although the shark has also been unconfirmed, I would say it was also a bullshark, they are common in the area.
So there you have it 3 unprovoked cases that have happened in the Gulf of Mexico here in Texas. Remember that these attacks were all unprovoked, and it just goes to show that it can happen, always be prepared, and never go to far out in the water alone, just because you haven't heard of Shark attacks in Texas, doesn't mean that they don't happen. That is why I have assembled this list. To generate awareness of things that could happen. Always travel with someone and if you are fishing always have your pocket knife handy in case you have to stab one in the belly so that he lets go of your arm or leg. 

Monday, January 31, 2011

Places to Stay in Port Aransas and Mustang Island

Port Aransas is a very beautiful beach in Texas. It is one of the most unique beaches, in all of Texas, and has a lot of activities to do from bird watching, dolphin watching, and even fishing. If you want to plan a get-away to Port Aransas here is a list of all of the places to stay in the area. Make sure you get the best deal, and I will include their contact information so that you may call them and find the best place that is right for you.

3rd Coast Inn
718 S. Station St.
7 units that are 3 blocks away from the beach, kitchens, pets are ok, hot tub, pool, and a picnic area.

A Laughing Horse Lodge
503 E. Avenue G
17 cabanas near the beach, and pets are allowed.

Alister Square Inn
122 S. Alister
361-749-3000 or 888-749-3003
50 units refrigerators, microwaves and kitchenettes

America's Best Value Inn
306 S. Alister
23 units complementary coffee in every room, centrally located, pool, spa, and wifi Internet

Aransas Harbor Condominiums
230 Cut-Off Rd.
84 fully equipped units some with view of channel, wifi internet

Aransas Princess Condominiums
720 Beach Access Rd. 1-A
112 Condos on beach, 2 pools, covered parking

Balinese Flats
121 Cut-Off Rd.
12 Units, full kitchens, channel view, and wifi internet

Bay Tree Condominiums
900 N. Station St.
28 condos on ship channel, private marina and pier, wifi internet

Beachcomber Motel and Condos
539 12th St.
12 apartments with kitchens, pool, enclosed hot tub, overlooks the surf