Sunset, Kailua-Kona, The Big Island, Hawaii, March 11, 2024

Sunset, Kailua-Kona, The Big Island, Hawaii, March 11, 2024
Sunset, Kailua-Kona, The Big Island, Hawaii, March 11, 2024

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Corpus Christi Downtown Volkswalk -- Fri., Sep. 21

A day that will live in infamy (in my mind). Yep, this is the walk that finally did me in. (I know I'll do more walks, but it will be a couple of months...have to get over this one first.)

This past weekend was another kidnap* by Bob. (*Kidnap means one of us writes "Kidnap" on the calendar. The person who wrote down the kidnap is in charge of the weekend--or date night, or day--and makes the plans as to where we'll go. What we do is usually decided by both of us.) Bob took me to Corpus Christi, two hours southeast of San Antonio. 

At first we thought about going in the Escape pod and staying in a hotel, but why do that when we can take our home and kitties with us. So The Rig and The Beast were put into action and we left my Escape pod at the RV Park in San Antonio.

In reading, I found Ransom Road RV Park in Aransas Pass, Texas, about 24 miles outside Corpus Christi. How perfect is that RV park name for a "kidnap" weekend?

It was Friday afternoon and the weather was gorgeous, 82 degrees with a slight wind coming in off the water. We got our RV situated in the site, fed the kitties, turned on the air and went out for a late afternoon/early evening 10K Volkswalk (6.2 miles). That was the last I saw of Ransom Road RV Park.

The Volkswalk started at Hotel Corpus Christi Bayfront. Normally I go in and ask for the "walk box" at the front desk. The front desk had a sign on it that said check in at the coffee shop. OK, that's different. Went to the coffee shop and asked for the "walk box." The lady behind the counter looked at me like I was speaking Swahili. She got all flustered and kept asking me, "What?"

"The walk box. You know, with directions for walks," I explained.

After a quickly placed call to someone who knew, she went over to the hotel check-in desk, phone in hand, and was told exactly where the box was. Once I got signed in, I gave her the box back and we were able to start our walk.

It was one of those picture-perfect evenings and we were enjoying all the sights in downtown Corpus Christi...

Banks, hotels, restaurants.
History of the Old Salt Mill
USS Lexington
Corpus Christi Harbor Bridge with Water Garden in foreground.
Water Garden with Art Museum in background.
Water Garden and Harbor Bridge
Bob at Water Garden.
A sculpture in park by Art Museum.

The next five pictures are of Heritage Park.

Real time 6:00 p.m.
Simon Gugenheim House
Grande-Grossman House

Lichtenstein House.
History and style info about Lichtenstein House.
All along the downtown harbor are gazebos with history inside and concrete steps.
The whole waterfront area is beautiful. If you worked downtown you could walk to the steps, sit, eat lunch and enjoy watching ships in the channel, great blue herons, brown pelicans and whatever else was going on in the harbor. Some of those gazebos had homeless people sleeping under them.

Great blue heron in classic stance.
Art downtown
Here's a place along the walkway where children can splash about. Looks inviting.

Splashy fountain for the kiddos.

A different kind of windmill, art, or both?

Brown pelican making sure I wasn't coming closer.

There's also comfy benches--you can face either direction.
Looking toward downtown.
Corpus Christi Marina
All along the walkway are markers depicting our solar system with facts about planets, our sun, moons, atmospheric conditions on planets, and interesting factoids. This was very educational. (And we wonder why we can't get a 10K walk in a new city done in two hours. Go figure. We're too busy reading signs. And I'm too busy taking photos!)

Extra info on comets and asteroids.
We walked around the T-head* in this marina.
Corpus Christi Marina.
 *T-head = roads in marina in shape of a T.

Some kind of fishing/shrimping? boat. Anyone know?
We thought about coming back here for dinner...but..
Corpus Christi skyline from marina.
Another great blue heron posed nicely.
Memorial to Tejano star Selena.
Selena Memorial--Mirador de la Flor (Overlook of the Flower)
We also walked a second T-head in the marina.

Another T-head in the Marina.
...another good option for dinner.
Joe's Crab Shack--Peace, Love & Crab
Replica of the Nina.
Being restored by this group.
Downtown skyline at dusk.
Just after sunset.
Along the harbor seawall.

A historic church at dusk.
The Cathedral--last photo I took before I fell.
After the last photo we went down the steps from the cathedral to the street below it. After walking another block is where I broke my face. Does that mean I fell from grace?

Bob took a few photos on his forays back and forth to Aransas Pass to feed the kitties and get some sleep. Here are Bob's photos of his ferry trip. See what I miss when I'm laid up in the hospital?

The big ship channel.

Ferries everywhere!
The Beast on a ferry ride!
Coming into port at Aransas Pass.
Life goes on and I want to go back to Corpus Christi, finish the walk and enjoy more time there: USS Lexington tour, aquarium, South Padre Island, bird watching. We still have those restaurants to try, but they will have to wait a while.

I also found out there's a Harbor Bridge walk every Sunday morning. That's on my bucket list too.

Travel Bug out.


  1. First of all, you may have broken your face, but that did not break your spirit. Welcome back.
    Thanks for writing about the places you see from fresh eyes. Carol and I lived in Corpus Christi for 20 years and can easily say it is a beautiful city. The bay front has lots to offer. Maybe next we can meet in Corpus Christi the next time you go. We could give you a tour and take in a ball game at What-A-Burger field.
    Boat with green netting hanging on the back is indeed a shrimp boat. The Harbor Bridge is colorfully lit at night. Landry's Seafood where you where headed is one of several locations throughout Texas. Excellent choice. If you like Italian, Lucianna;s us the place to go. It is on Alameda. For Steak Katz is the BEST - pricey but the best.
    On the next trip to Corpus Christi, add the botanical garden on the list of places to stop. It is on the other end of town but worth the trip.
    I could go on and on but won't railroad your blog for that. Praying for a speedy recovery. If you guys decide to head North West toward Bandera (Cowboy Capital of the world) come see us. We are in Pipe Creek about 10 miles south of Bandera.

  2. Wow Sue, I have not kept up with blogs over the summer as I have been extremely busy with unforeseen situations. I am so very sorry to hear of your mishap and I hope you continue gaining strength and get back into those walking shoes. Your blog of Corpus and the pictures are certainly inviting. Take care girl.

  3. That was a very interesting read, thanks. Heal soon, your kitties are missing you.
    Blessings, Geoff.

  4. I'm thinking of you. I hope you heal very quickly. I just cannot imagine.

  5. Hi Susan, Jim and Alie here. I have to post under anonymous for the lack of a G account or blog account. Many years ago I had my jaw broken and it was wired shut for 7 weeks. As a young (at the time) teenage male, I (my family) blended everything. As in put it in a blender and hit puree. And a little water when necessary. The taste will be the same, texture not so much. As you have figured out, whatever you "eat" has to be thin enough to be sucked thru a straw. Most fruit is ok, veggies- cook well first, meat- beef, chicken, pork, fish, if you can close your eyes and think about what its supposed to be....
    Ensure, Boost, you already know about. Ask Bob to find a health store- GNC for example. Most have protien drinks/powders that might appease you.
    As far as medicine's- most everything can be disolved in water (wine works 2) Grind it up first.. Kinda like the old mortar and pedistal.
    If ya get bored, send me an e-mail on do's and don'ts of fulltiming!! if you can edit your comments, drop/blank this out if possible.
    Take care- don't smile (hurts to much)
    Jim and Alie

  6. Looks like that was I great walk until ---------. When I was there last May I only had a couple of hours, so didn't see much. It had been nearly 60 years since I lived there. Everything has of course changed. I'll get back one of these days. It was good to talk to you. Keep getting stronger and you'll soon be able to finish that walk.

  7. Aloha Susan!!! Heard you were injured ~Was going to email you and then Dorothea reminded me of your blog... Your brave adventures are so admired! Your a tough cookie through all the healing!! Well, I started walking with Dave in the evenings (dark) and making sure that every step counts! Sending you & Bob Big Hugz and Blessings for a speedy recovery for the next Alton Adventure outing! Love ~ Wenz

  8. Susan! Oh my gosh - I can't believe this! I'm SO sorry! You are one brave amazing soul! I guess I'd better keep closer track of you from now one (we were just getting back when you fell and I'm only now starting to catch up on my blog reading).
    I'll be praying for your poor face and you brave heart!
    You're some woman!


Please let me know what you think, your experiences, and constructive criticism to make this blog stronger.