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Sunset horseback riding on South Padre Island, on January 27.One of my earliest vacation memories involves the dunes of Padre Island—the northern end, near Corpus Christi. When I was in sixth grade, my thrifty grandma mailed in enough empty Virginia Slims cigarette packs to purchase a promotional buy-one-get-one-free plane ticket, which we used to fly from Wisconsin to visit my Gulf Coast cousins. I remember how we turned the dunes into a slide and how she sculpted an intricate miniature golf course into the wet sand with her perfectly manicured nails, using seaweed for the greens and water-filled shells for hazards. My most recent trip to the dunes, almost forty years later, would be memorable for entirely different reasons. This past summer, with my sixteen-year-old daughter traveling out of state and my other kid,…

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