Actually, we stayed just north of Corpus Christi in Portland at Sea Breeze RV Park where the winds were mostly at gale force. Upon arriving, we visited the Corpus Christi Visitor Center and walked along the sea wall with views of a heron and brown pelicans. We passed a statue dedicated to Selena who died in 1995. We dined on the Gulf of Mexico at Harrison’s Landing.

Padre Island National Seashore

Padre Island National Seashore

On Tuesday, we visited Padre Island National Seashore, the world’s longest undeveloped stretch of barrier island. It embraces 70 miles of sand-and-shell beaches, windswept dunes, grasslands, and tidal flats. We stopped at the Malaquite Visitor Center, a popular destination for end-of-the-year school field trips, and walked along the Gulf Coast dunes covered with blooming goat’s foot morning glories. Bird Island Basin, located on the shallow, warm waters of Laguna Madre, is a popular wind surfing beach. We returned via Mustang Island where we had lunch at Victoria’s on the Beach in Port Aransas. After crossing many of the area’s bridges, it was interesting to take a short ferry ride as we completed our circular route.

Texas State Aquarium

Texas State Aquarium

On Wednesday, we joined throngs of school children visiting the Texas State Aquarium.  We watched Caribbean flamingos and a Linnaeus’ two-toed sloth before seeing the following water animals: sting rays, red lionfish, green moray eels, spotted rum, nurse shark, groupers, and Caribbean spiny lobsters. A scuba diver fed fish in one tank before cleaning it. We especially enjoyed the dolphin show. The 4-D show on sharks was enjoyable, especially with the unrestrained responses of the children in the audience.

USS Lexington

USS Lexington

In the afternoon, we toured the USS Lexington, activated during World War II. This aircraft carrier, the fifth with this name, is huge. On the Hangar Deck we liked the 3-D presentation, “Aircraft Carrier: Guardians of the Sea,” with its emphasis on avoiding future wars. The flight deck features several planes such as an A-4B Skyhawk, a F9F-8T Cougar, and a TA-4F Skyhawk. We went up to the bridge and I descended to examine the anti-aircraft guns. The Foc’sle features a special media presentation on the Pearl Harbor attack. This ship, known as the Blue Ghost, was falsely reportedly sunk many times by Tokyo Rose (Do you know where she went to college?). I also liked an exhibit on knots. Junior officers and officer’s quarters were on view. The Gallery Deck contains the Captain’s cabin and the library. The Lower Deck displays the crew’s galley, a dental exhibit, and the chapel.

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