Corpus Christi, Texas, is two hours from San Antonio. We left the RV park at 8:00 a.m. and arrived in Corpus Christi a little after 10:00 a.m. We headed into downtown.
For their first impression of Corpus Christi we wanted to take Mom and Jan to The Watergarden by the Convention Center. Bob and I love the sound of water falling and here we can enjoy the sound to our heart's content. Around the central waterfall are the Art Museum of South Texas and Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History.
|Jan, Me, Mom|
|Art Museum of South Texas|
|USS Lexington across the bay|
|Jan at The Watergarden|
|Laughing gulls drinking from the stream at The Watergarden.|
What made Hester's coffee shop special wasn't just the glass art exhibit or the yummy snacks we ate, it was the view of the bay. We were able to sit either inside or outside and watch large ships travel under the Harbor Bridge and through the ship channel right outside the windows of the coffee shop. Brown pelicans were floating in the water, catching fish right before our eyes. It was one of those travel moments that just fall into place and are very special.
|These two birds seemed to be close friends--a brown |
pelican and a laughing gull.
|Pelican catching a fish with the gull right there.|
|Pelican eating fish--again the gull is his best friend!|
|The Florida just passed under the bridge on its way to the ocean.|
|Simon Gugenheim house (not Solomon R. Guggenhiem of New York City)|
We drove along the downtown waterfront and stopped to walk along the planetary exhibits lining the walkway, and to see the Selena Memorial.
Selena's Memorial...she is considered the Mexican equivalent of Madonna.
|Selena memorial. (Selena was a popular|
Tejano singer from Corpus Christi who died too young.)
Mom wanted to see where my fall happened six months ago, so we took her there. I stopped in at the restaurant across the street to see if the lady was there who came to our aid with napkins and ice. She only works weekends. The manager gave me the phone number of the restaurant so I can call to thank her.
Lunch at Cheddar's Casual Cafe in Corpus Christi was tasty and filling.
We headed to Padre Island National Seashore where we toured the visitor center, learned about Kemp's Ridley turtles, and watched two videos. This area is a flyway for migrating birds. A quick walk to the beach revealed brown pelicans, a Portuguese Man o' War washed up on shore, and numerous wading birds.
|Semipalmated sandpiper (?)|
|Sanderling (winter plumage)|
|Sanderling chasing killdeer.|
|Padre Island Seashore, Gulf Coast of Texas|
|Willet, winter plumage.|
|Royal terns (Sterna maxima)|
|Canvasback duck, Bird Island Basin, Padre Island Nat'l Seashore.|
|A ferry going the opposite direction.|
As we continued along the coastline, we passed through Fulton where we saw the historic Fulton House. This will be an attraction we can visit at another time. The coast along here has many, many private piers with locked gates or "No Trespassing" signs. The piers are the property of the homeowners or inn owners across the road from the gulf.
Everyone was tired. We headed for home but had one last stop. Just before crossing the Harbor Bridge headed west into Corpus Christi we made a detour to look at the USS Lexington and a Blue Angel fighter jet (through the car windows).
|Blue Angels A-4 Skyhawk|
We then settled in for the long ride back to San Antonio. It was a great day with Bob, Mom and Jan.
Travel Bug out.