Winter on the beach
Corpus Christi and Padre Island in the winter? That’s what we thought, but we all wanted to go somewhere just to get out of Houston. Our daughter (age 32), home for Christmas and New Year’s found a horse stable on Padre Island open on New Year’s Eve. So to be sure she hooked us into going she also found the USS Lexington, Texas State Aquarium and other activities that were open even on New Year’s Day.
We arrived in Corpus just in time for lunch. We found Panjo’s Pizza at 1320 Airline Road. The restaurant has been in business since 1981 and the pizza is great. I highly recommend Panjo’s if you’re in the neighborhood.
Then it was off to Padre Island to find the horse stables to send our daughter off galloping down the beaches. (http://www.caller.com/news/2009/jun/05/horses_on_the_beach/) A wonderful frolic on the beach was had by all in the horseback crew.
While the daughter was off riding, my wife and I cruised down to the pier for a little walk and people watching. Surprisingly, there were people sunning, playing in the surf, jet skiing, and fishing as if it were 95 degrees. The pier was a serene and relaxing place to sit and soak up some rays.
With the horse ride finished, we headed to downtown Corpus and a drive along Shoreline Blvd. There are many luxurious homes on both sides of Shoreline with the beach front ones being very extravagant and some even quite gaudy.
As the sun started to set the sailboats started making for the yacht club marina.
The USS Lexington standing tall and proud bathed in the morning light is a WWII flat top nicknamed the Blue Ghost by the Japanese. Onboard there are well marked mazes to follow from hole to flight deck and beyond for a tour of the ship. You can have lunch on the hanger deck and please the kids with a real flight simulator and other fun rides.
The Texas State Aquarium is a wonderful place for young and old alike. From otters to raptors, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Otters dive and swirl around their enclosure to the squeal and delight of the youngsters as they run from side to side to see them. Oh to have their energy! Dolphins, jellyfish, deadly poisonous snakes, spiders and even some pink flamingos make for a great indoor experience. At the Eagle’s Nest exhibit raptors fly, rats run, and a bird of prey zeroed in on a photographer.
Saturday January 2nd took us to the Botanical Gardens! Not really the right time of year for all the blooms and blossoms, but the orchids were exquisite. We will have to return in the spring for a visit when all the colors are showing in the bright sun of Corpus Christi.
Farewell to a wonderful three days in Corpus as we made our way back east detouring through Texas history in Goliad and Fannin.