As we drove south, the sunny day that was predicted didn't look promising. A sky full of rain-type clouds was moving in from the southwest. Lines of showers showed across the sky. I came prepared with umbrella and warm, waterproof coat.
Everyone met at the hotel start point at 10 a.m. From there, the five of us walked Corpus Christi city sidewalks through downtown and along the waterfront. The sun became our walking friend as well, but deserted us at lunch time.
On our itinerary, we walked through Heritage Park, past a waterfall, museums, a fountain, sculptures, historical markers, the solar system (wait, back up, the solar system? Yes, I'll explain in a minute), the waterfront, marinas and a cathedral.
On the way to Heritage Park, we passed some restored houses painted in a rainbow of colors. There goes the neighborhood. Actually, I liked them.
Heritage Park consists of 12 historic Corpus Christi homes which have been restored, most are recorded as Texas Historical Landmarks. The oldest of the homes dates back to 1851. The park also has a Cultural Center (in the 100-year-old Galvan house), courtyard, Central Plaza, old clock, many historic markers, and rose garden. The last time Bob and I visited this park, a wedding ceremony was being held in one of the grand old homes.
|Simon Gugenheim house (not New York Guggenheim's)|
|Clock from 1852.|
|Mui and Bob at the Water Garden|
|Water Garden in front of Art Museum of South Texas|
|USS Lexington, Corpus Christi Bay|
|Gazebos housed history markers.|
|Extra(terrestrial?) sign about asteroids and comets|
|Bob letting out his inner child.|
|Jet sculpture or fancy antenna?|
|View from one of the gazebos.|
Taking the long way down to the marina dock...
|Faye, Erin, Mui, Bob|
|"You eyeballin' me, girl?" (Brown pelican)|
|White-winged terns and royal tern.|
|One of the T-head marinas.|
|Downtown from the marina.|
|Memorial to Selena|
|Faye and Erin|
|Erin capturing Selena memorial in a digital pic.|
On the second of the marina T-heads, we saw this life-sized replica of the Niña. Can you imagine 24 people crossing the ocean on this?
|Bob and Mui showing the size of the Niña.|
The last portion of our walk was through a neighborhood, past a cathedral, then back to our start point at the hotel. Faye, Mui and Erin saw the place where I fell. It was strange revisiting the site.
During our walk the skies clouded over but it was reasonably warm. When we finished walking, lunch was on our minds. We chose to eat at Harrison's Landing at one of marinas and asked to sit outside.
|Faye, Erin, Mui, Susan, Bob with our food.|
We had the nicest lunch. Everyone had a chance to talk, so we learned a lot about each other and how we spend our time. No one left hungry after a lunch of nachos, salads and brownie fudge sundaes for dessert. Erin, Mui, Faye, thanks for walking, talking and eating with us today. Let's do it again!
When lunch was over, we hugged "see ya laters," and moved on to afternoon activities. You can click to link to Erin's blog about today: 10K Volksmarching in Corpus Christi.
See my second blog post to go with us to Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center and Port Aransas Nature Preserve at Charlie's Pasture.
To be continued...