Long weekends always make me want to do something. Lots of times it doesn’t work for one reason or another, but this past weekend it did. We went to Corpus Christi for 2 days. Or Corpus Crispy as the little one calls it. We drove down Sunday (it’s only about 2.5 hours) and came back yesterday. We didn’t have any big plans, so it was nice to just check things out and relax.
First order of business was Padre Island. I wanted to see what all the fuss was about. We weren’t dressed for swimming, but we got our feet wet and someone started wave jumping and ended up soaked, as usual. The water was so warm though! It’s been years since I’ve been to the Gulf. I’m still thinking about how cold the ocean is in California. I do love that all the beaches are dog friendly. We took him with us (the hotel was pet friendly too), so we never really had the issue of someone having to stay in the car with him. The beaches were pretty though.
On the way back, we stopped for some tourist pictures. I love stuff like this. I don’t care how cheesy it is, we are taking a picture! The husband is finally starting to realize that I’m not going to shut up until he stops.
This means we also stopped to see the South Texas Music Walk of Fame. It’s not much. It’s pretty much in the courtyard of an oyster bar, but still. George Strait has a star. It was front and center. I hadn’t heard of everybody, but the only other person I got excited about was Stoney Larue. I’m a BIG fan.
Right down the street is the Selena memorial. I had to explain to my daughter who she was, which brought on all the questions. The memorial played a loop about her life with a couple song snippets thrown in. It was nice. And crowded.
We cheated and grabbed fast food for dinner and headed back to the hotel early. As much as that kills me (there are things to do and see!!), we ended up all laying in bed together watching TV. We started watching Hee-Haw reruns, then moved on to the Rocky movies. We never all watch TV together like that, so it was nice. The next morning, we checked some more stuff out. We didn’t really have the time to tour the U.S.S. Lexington, but we saw it from a distance. We’ll do that some other time when we have both kids along.
We walked around the grounds of the Art Museum of South Texas, then it was beach time! On the way to the beach, I saw a peace pole and busted a U to take a picture. I used to find these all the time in Okinawa. I’ve seen a few since – there was one in Murrieta, CA and I found one at a church in Long Beach, but I still get excited when I see them.
Instead of driving back to Padre or Mustang Island, we just stayed close and went to North Beach. It really wasn’t crowded at all. There were some sections that were completely empty. I ended up walking a good ways, looking for sea glass. I only found one worthy piece, but the walk itself was relaxing. I miss the days when I could throw the kids in the car at be at the beach in 20 minutes. A gorgeous, empty beach that was always littered with sea glass. That became my stress reliever and my happy place. I miss that.
All in all, it was a good weekend. We’ll go back again at some point and do all the big stuff we didn’t this time, like the Lexington and the Aquarium.