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Padre Island

27-29 January 2017

rain 47 °F

The Army gave me three weeks of temporary duty in San Antonio so I gave myself a weekend in Padre Island. A baptist church in the area was holding a Surf 'n' Turf half marathon to raise money for a trip to the Dominican Republic so I signed up. My hotel the Best Western on the Island was only a few minutes from the Padre Island National Seashore where the race is held. The weather was terrible, cold and raining but luckily it slowed down a little during the run. It was 99% along the water and I had a blast watching the sea birds try to help me run. The race had a pancake breakfast afterward which I ate in a hurry so I could get a nice hot shower.
After a rest I went to Scuttlebutt's restaurant for lunch and got a soft shell crab sandwich. I was thinking it would look more like a crab cake and less like a crab. I had a hard time eating it with its legs dangling over the side of the bread.
Onwards to the Texas State Aquarium which was relatively uncrowded for a Saturday. I did my best to get some photos of the fish.
This display is an example of a megaladon jaw. It is now extinct but the great white is thought to be a descendant of this animal.
The aquarium also has shows to include a hawk exhibit which somehow featured a little boy feeding a porcupine.
Also a Seriema bird that demonstrates how it kills its prey by smashing the plastic snake on the rock. Hilarious!
Next up was dolphin show which I thoroughly enjoyed before heading back to the Island.
Last but not least for Saturday was dinner at Doc's which is a waterfront restaurant set up for gorgeous sunset viewing. My bacon wrapped shrimp and orange popsicle drink were outstanding.

Sunday dawned much warmer and sunnier than Saturday so I took advantage and did one more run along the beach. I loved watching this seagull eat his breakfast from the shell.
After checking out I went back to North Beach Corpus Christi to check out the USS Lexington. Otherwise known as Lady Lex and the Blue Ghost, she is now a floating museum but was previously an aircraft carrier in WWII. I definitely am not cut out for the Navy because one portion of the tour without a hint of sunlight and I was making a beeline for the upper deck.
One of the photos in the sick call area is a good reminder that some of the older people we see at our military hospitals are not just another elderly patient but potentially a veteran of one of these horrible wars.
Currently there are aircraft on loan to display on the top deck making it much more colorful than usual.
After my tour I couldn't pass up one last meal of seafood and I was glad I took a seat out in the sun at Pier 99. My lunch was rice with peppers, shrimp and fish. It had calamari in also but just like yesterday I had trouble eating them.

Posted by ErinDriver 15:43 Archived in USA

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