This is a peculiar time of year in Texas, especially for those adventuresome families that enjoy the outdoors. Hopefully, we’ve seen the worst of the tornadoes blow through, and luckily no tropical storms or hurricanes have roared into our end of the Gulf. Schools have emptied and the kids are free to sunburn, though the legendary heat hasn’t spilled over into the century mark for any extended period.This won’t last long, and families are already scrambling to find places to visit before Fourth of July crowds grab the best camping spots, rent all the jet skis and buy up the coolest souvenir T-shirts.Where to go? Texas Parks and Wildlife Magazine is offering options in its June issue: “Get Coastal, What to see and do along the Texas Coast.”Sometimes I think there are so many transplants here in Texas that some of them don’t realize the state runs out at the water’s edge. Maybe a few of the locals don’t know that either, especially the younger ones. They weren’t here in the 1950s and ’60s when spring break meant an automatic run down to Galveston and “Splash Days.”It seemed like a big deal at the time, but eventually the crowds doubled in size and migrated to South Padre; then it was on to the beaches of the Florida panhandle and eventually to Cozumel and Cancun. I’m not sure where they go now; I’m too old for that crowd and way out of shape. If they found me on the beach now, they’d try to resuscitate me and put me back in the water.The primary story in this month’s TPWD magazine outlines many of the things families can do along the coast. It ranges from simply beachcombing to birding. And the coastal playground runs all the way from Port Arthur to Port Isabel.It is an enormous strip of sand beaches, grassy marshes, ports, bays and bayous. Each one is a little different from the other, and collectively they make an amazing land and seascape.I must admit I am an admirer of salt air and saltwater. I was converted many years ago along the short canals of the Bolivar Peninsula, where the Intracoastal Waterway is still in the early stages of its flow to the terminus at the distant Port of Brownsville. I dreamed of making that trip myself until I ventured out into the Gulf of Mexico and was mesmerized by its vastly open and powerful waters.The fact that the U.S. Coast Guard had to come out and rescue me from a choppy sea one time didn’t deter me, but the fact that gasoline soared to $5 a gallon did. But I do have my memories, and some photos, and I call myself an old salt all the time.The second major story in this month’s edition of Texas Parks and Wildlife Magazine has to do with how the coast is still recovering from Hurricane Ike, which pummeled the upper coast near Galveston in September 2008. The storm surge was 15 to 20 feet above normal on that day and, while it badly damaged Galveston, it nearly obliterated the Bolivar Peninsula. The fifth-wheel RV we had parked at Crystal Beach, on Bolivar, ended up somewhere in the middle of East Bay. Everyone is still trying to recover.The story tells of how the grass marshes and the oyster beds were nearly destroyed, and what heroic people are doing to bring it all back to life.The magazine focuses on a lot of places to visit on the coast, from the bustling, tourist towns like Galveston to the smaller fishing spots like Port O’Connor and Port Aransas. It offers information on the birding trails all along the coast and especially nearer the Rio Grande Valley.Several towns offer aquariums that specialize in the saltwater species of the Gulf; there are places to camp, to fish, to kayak, or just look at the history of the Texas coast. It can be the relative quiet of Indianola, once a bustling seaport, but now an almost forgotten fishing village, or it can be the Elissa, a spectacular tall ship moored in Galveston Harbor.Anytime is a good time to “Get Coastal in Texas,” but given the peculiarities of the next few weeks, this might be the best time to make a run.