We’ve been here over a week already. Time sure does fly by…actually everything is flying by because the wind hasn’t stopped since we got here. I guess I shouldn’t complain, we don’t have to shovel it and after watching what’s going on in the rest of the country, we feel fortunate.
The beaches are different here than on the west coast. There are very few shells, no driftwood, but very sandy. We’ve been walking the beach or driving it almost every day. There are a lot of fisherman…some wading out in the water but most fishing from the shore’s edge.
One of our favorite pastimes is taking the ferry out of Port Aransas back to the mainland. These ferries are FREE…abit different than the ones we’re used to in the Seattle area. They hold about 18 cars max and fewer if there are bigger vehicles hitching a ride.
Jim keeps saying that when we leave here we are going back by ferry. I keep saying we’ll sink it, but they do carry some pretty big rigs. I’m just not sure I want to test them!
We’ve been exploring our surroundings a lot…especially since it’s been so windy. It’s hard to sit outside or on the beach without being concerned about being blown away or getting sand burned.
When you take the ferry across to the mainland, you go through Aransas Pass and then head on to Portland. I accused Jim of taking a wrong turn when I saw that sign…just like being in Oregon…well, not really but the name was spelled the same.
You then cross the bridge into Corpus Christi. It’s a pretty good-sized town with a population of about 463,577. The Lexington aircraft carrier is docked there and you can go on a tour to see what life on the sea would be like. We haven’t done it yet, but it’s on our to-do list.
We did find a restaurant that our friends Rick and Karen had mentioned to us. Rick had been stationed here while in the Air Force and raved about the Black Diamond Oyster Bar. Apparently it was a popular hang out at the time. That was 30+ years ago and he wasn’t even sure it still existed.
Well I am here to tell you that it does still exist and even though neither of us had oysters for lunch…I would never have them…Jim on occasion…the food was good. Had our first taste of catfish and it was actually pretty good. So we assured Rick that his old hangout was alive and well.
We are still having some strange emotional feelings. Not having a home to go back to gives you a different perspective on things. We thought the move would be transparent, but it hasn’t been. So we are gradually getting used to the idea that this is now our only home. It helped today when we had to take Farley to the vet for his allergies. This truly made us feel right at home…we now have a vet bill on the road!
More to come…