Port Aransas, Texas: Again, perfect
weather. Warm, but not too hot. No wind. Sunny skies with pretty wispy-white
clouds. The sun glistening off the waves.
Our day started with exercise (ugh). The RV resort has a raised
walk-way over the dunes (with beach grass and prickly pear
cactus by the way) from the campground to the beach.
Crowded Texas beach
After a healthy breakfast of that organic oatmeal we found
in Marathon, Texas a while back... we headed to Corpus Christi. On the way
to the ferry, DT snapped this photo for your amusement:
H E L P ! I'm being eaten by a tee-shirt & beach ball shop shark!
On the free ferry from Port Aransas to Aransas Pass. We won't take our bus
on this ferry -
though they are sometimes allowed. Depends on the weather, tides, traffic,
mood of the ferry master, etc... we will use the bridge when we leave town.
Today, we wanted to see some of Corpus Christi and tour the
The air craft carrier was in service from 1943-1991. Carrying 1,550 crew
members, she has served more years than any other US carrier. The flight
deck is nearly 1000 feet long and the USS Lexington can carry 1.5
million gallons of fuel! The Lexington was the first US vessel to
sail into Tokyo harbor at the end of World War II.
The USS Lexington
As soon as we reached the flight deck (a lot of stairs, by
the way... and not really stairs at all... more like ladders) I sent a text
message to my favorite Navy Top-Gun pilot, Captain Jim (retired), to tell
him where we were. Captain Jim was so excited, he telephoned immediately to
tell us the very first ship he ever landed on was the USS Lexington.
Wow! He asked me how many planes were on the deck, and I told him about 12
or 15. He said, "Imagine landing a plane on that deck with 50 or 60 planes
parked along the sides." I didn't think I could admire Captain Jim any more,
but - wow - what a guy, eh?
I snapped this photo with my phone and sent it immediately to Captain Jim.
He loved it.
Captain Jim first landed on the USS Lexington in an A-4 Skyhawk (such as
this plane). The A-4 can
only go 665 miles per hour. (Captain Jim much prefers flying the 1190
mph F-18 Hornet.)
We toured through every part of the floating airport that
was accessible to the public on the $12.95 self-guided tour. It wasn't an
easy tour - we had to climb up and down between decks on the narrow
ladder/stairs. We were able to see the flight deck, the bridge, the
Captain's quarters, the galley, medical and dental facilities, the barber,
chapel, bunks for the sailors and the engine room. Captain Jim lived on an
aircraft carrier for ten months - I can't imagine. (Our 45-foot motorhome is
palatial in comparison to the thousand-foot USS Lexington.) Thank
you, Captain Jim and every sailor who has served!
The crew slept in "coffin bunks". (DT is six feet tall.)
Interior passageway - step over, and duck your head too
Up and down all afternoon
After our tour, we did a drive-by tour of downtown Corpus
Christi. The entire shore is a miles-long pretty park, dotted occasionally
with marinas. Well-maintained estates line Shoreline Drive.
Corpus Christi marina
By now it was three o'clock and we were starving! Luckily,
there are several restaurants along the shore and - gee - they are seafood
restaurants! We chose
a regional chain. If someone had dropped me, blindfolded, into
when I opened my eyes, I could have sworn we were in at our own Portland
favorite, McCormick's. Dark wood, white table cloths - very inviting and
Landry's Seafood in Corpus Christi
I had a grilled red snapper fillet
DT has angel hair pasta with mussels, shrimp and scallops
Okay, so my picnic idea never happened and now we have two
half-eaten fish fillets in the fridge. No dinner tonight - we had our lunch
so late. Maybe popcorn, as we are going to listen to the Duck basketball
game on XM radio beginning at 9p Central.
Will DT be shaving in the morning?
Until my next update, I remain, your patriotic correspondent.
Gulf Waters Beach Front RV
Community. Sites are individually owned and may be rented while owners
are away. We have a full service 50 amp site. We paid $48 per night.