Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Mason TX

We have spent the last week in Mason, TX at the city RV park. Plan to head to Stephenville next. Hope to visit old friends and get H & R to do our taxes. Better them than me!!

Our home on wheels. We have enjoyed our stay here, except for one day that was very cold, cloudy and gusty. This photo was taken today. Just can't beat blue skies and sunshine!

This is a view of our back yard, better known as the Mason city golf course. It is a nine whole course that gets lots of use by the locals and campers alike. We haven't even been dinged by a golf ball this trip!

I couldn't resist taking this photo of one of the locals at a convenience store. Check out the hat, boots with spurs! One of the things that makes Texas unique!!

Corpus Christi TX

We always enjoy "camping" near Corpus Christi. So much to see and do here.

The harbor at Corpus Christi. We had lunch across the street at Whataburger (the only two story one so far), then walked along the harbor wall. Two of our favorite things: the Corpus Christi bay and Whataburgers!!

A replica of the Nina docked in the harbor. The other replicas of the ships of Christopher Columbus are dry-docked at the Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History. The museum has so many exhibits, including one of several 1554 Spanish shipwrecks.

A view of the USS Lexington from the bridge crossing the ship channel. The aquarium is in the foreground. The Lex was commissioned in 1943. During WW II her planes took out 372 enemy planes in the air and 475 more on the ground. The Japanese reported several times that The Lexington had been destroyed but she continued to fight, prompting Tokyo Rose to dub her "The Blue Ghost". You can tell I find WW II naval history fascinating! We have visited CC so many times and finally got to tour the Lex. It was a great experience and good exercise too, crawling up and down all those ladders.

One of the planes on display on the flight deck.

This photo gives you an idea of the enormous size of this aircraft carrier.

Okay this one is for Rylee and Parker... PaPa is pretending to shoot down some enemy aircraft!

Cute sailor, huh!! The city aquarium is in the background to Donnie's right. This is the first trip to CC that didn't include a trip to the aquarium. It is a great place to visit with the gigantic salt water tank (sharks, etc.) and the dolphin show.

A Great Blue Heron fishing at the edge of the ship channel.

This ship was being unloaded one day when we stopped by the CC docks. It was carrying sections of the bases for wind generators. We didn't realize these came from Singapore. Most of the wind generators we have seen were being trucked in from Mexico. This was pretty interesting watching the ship's giant cranes at work.

A tanker on its way out to the Gulf. Next to it is the ferry that takes passengers on an hour long cruise of CC bay. We plan to do that next trip also.

No, I'm really not a baseball fan, but had to include this photo of Whataburger Field, home of the Corpus Christi Hooks. I can't pass a Whataburger sign of any sort without thinking of our Mom (mine and Kathy's). It was her favorite place to eat. So...guess it is hereditary!!

A view of WB field from the bridge. We also found a great place to eat near here, Brewster Street Ice House. They had seafood, burgers, chicken-fried steak, salads, etc. Ever have a fried avocado salad?? I have, and would definitely order it again.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Port Isabel

Tomorrow we are leaving Rio Hondo for Mustang Island State Park. Plan to stay there a week and check out some of the private RV parks in the Corpus Christi/Rockport area for next winter. With no daily access to WiFi, this may be our last blog for a week or two.

Port Isabel Lighthouse State Historic Site. The lighthouse, constructed in 1852, was in use until 1905. The site was dedicated as a state park in 1952. Of the 16 lighthouses originally constructed on the Texas coast, it is the only one open to the public.

A view of the Queen Isabella Memorial Causeway to South Padre Island. At two miles, it is the longest bridge in Texas.

The SPI skyline.