We had read some reviews of the RV Park at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi that mentioned the strong winds and they were right! We had strong winds almost every day we were there, but the weather was generally warm and quite comfortable. The view through our back window was absolutely great!
We celebrated Valentine’s Day by going out to dinner at Outback Steakhouse. We generally like to eat at local restaurants, but sometimes the old favorites can’t be beat.
We had a generally relaxing time and practiced the fine art of doing nothing. We read a lot, watched a bit of TV and were just a bit lazy.
While visiting the Padre Island National Seashore, we had lunch on the beach and had fun walking along the seashore. We were surprised that there were so few sea shells, but found many Portuguese Men of War washed up on the beach. These can be really nasty if you touch their tentacles which are very poisonous, even if they are on the beach.
Mustang Island State Park on the upper Padre Island has kayak trails. We paddled along canals and numerous small islands on the bay side of Padre Island. It was a warm day with mild winds and we had a pleasant picnic on one of the islands. We saw ducks, geese, cranes and lots of millets jumping in the water.
The Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History is a very unique museum. There is a mix of displays, some of history, some of the development of technology in the Corpus Christi area, hurricanes and other weather events and their effect on the area. The history of exploration in the Corpus Christi area by Spanish and French explorers was very interesting.
In 1992 Spain constructed recreations of the Columbus ships, the Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria. After touring ports in the US to commemorate Columbus’ voyage, the ships were put on permanent display in Corpus Christi. They were much smaller than we had imagined them and being able to actually go on board gave us a better idea of how tough the voyage was.
From the museum we drove around the bay and took the ferry across to Padre Island. We wandered along one of the docks enjoying the view and had a “conversation” with a friendly pelican. We sampled some of the local fare at Moby Dick’s Restuarant – a great meal! On our way back to the trailer, we took some time to drive along the beach. It was quite an experience driving on the beach just a few yards from the ocean, not an experience we are used to in Michigan!
We had a great stay at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi. It is a small base, but very pleasant. The RV sites are spacious, there is a good fitness center and nothing is too far away. After a couple more relaxing days we headed northeast to Houston.