Padre Island

Did you know you can drive on the beach in Texas? You can! Well, on Padre Island at least. People just drove right on to the sand, and pulled up to the water. I guess it beats lugging around a bunch of gear!

A ranger talk at Padre Island National Seashore taught us about the Gulf currents and how loads of stuff washes onto the shores there. Not just trash, although there is sadly a ton of it, but also fish bones, and sea beans from the Caribbean and South America. We were very proud to find a hamburger seed and a sea heart bean (it floated all the way from Brazil!). On the way out of the park we passed a controlled burn, which was a little too close to the road in my opinion!

Padre Island National Seashore

Padre Island National Seashore

Padre Island National Seashore

Padre Island National Seashore

Padre Balli beach was about a 10 minute walk from our Airbnb. It was a quiet and relaxing beach, with a fishing pier at one end. A good spot for pretty sunsets. On one of our walks we watched a Coast Guard drill. Another weekend, the beach hosted the Barefoot Mardi Gras Festival, with a parade on the beach! I think this gave us a small glimpse of how crazy spring break can get (but we left town just before the crowds arrived).

Padre Island

Padre Island

Padre Island

USS Lexington

We knew it would take a bit of time to see the USS Lexington, also known as The Blue Ghost, but I think we were both surprised that we ended up spending 5 hours there! We saw it all — and there is a lot to see!

USS Lexington

We went on the self-guided tours, listened to a presentation on the flight deck, watched the 3-D movie, had lunch at the mess deck cafe, sat in the ready room chairs…you get my point.

USS Lexington

The self-guided tours take you all through the guts of the ship, down skinny, steep stairs, up and over thresholds, through zig-zagging corridors, with almost every room set up as a museum exhibit. There are tons of artifacts from the ship’s fighting days in WWII. It’s definitely worth a visit if you’re in Corpus Christi.

USS Lexington

USS Lexington