<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by Stretch:
What kind of 4-wheeling is there on the island? Is it mostly sand dunes? I've never been down there and was just wondering.
Last time I was on Padre Island (2 years ago), we rented a dune buggy- great fun. It is definitely a different type of off-roading compared to Colorado. The sand and terrain itself is remarkably similar to the sand dunes north of Walden, CO (as far as scrub brush looking plants and loose traction- minus the ocean). Granted we were hot-doggin' it, but 4-low is not needed nor recommended. Mostly wheel spin.
If you don't mind beating your vehicle with salt water, driving in the ocean was a blast as well. However I did watch a lifted F-250 sink into the surf as he flooded his engine.
Shoot, we drove our rental car approximately 20 miles on the beach near Corpus Christi (we stayed out of the deep stuff).
It sounds like the off-roading is being kept to a minimum now on the island. I do miss the island. Come January or February I will probably want to be back on the island and the valley for a quick visit.