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September in Texas
By: Zdenko Kahlina
Traveling through Texas, USA
In September 2007 we spent delightful week in Texas. Vera and I used my business trip to San Antonio, to travel around Texas. We managed to travel around for few days (on the weekend) with rented car and went to visit places like Austin, Corpus Christi, Fredericksburg and other smaller places on our way. It was a week well spent!!
Another day, another road trip through Texas. Only two hours south from San Antonio, is a place called Corpus Christi. Located on the Gulf of Mexico. Corpus Christi, Texas is the 2nd most popular vacation destination in the state of Texas. Most of the Corpus Christi tourist attractions are located on the Corpus Christ Bay front.
The city of Corpus Christi is a 15 minute drive from the beaches of North Padre and Mustang Island, Texas. The city of Port Aransas is located on Mustang Island which is about 10 miles north of Mustang Island State Park and 30 miles north east of Corpus Christi Texas. You can go shopping, eat great seafood, gamble on a casino cruise and enjoy a day on the beach or beaches. Vera and I drove all around the island with the stop on the beautiful but windy beaches.
And best of all everything is just a walk away.
USS Lexington (Go)
The USS LEXINGTON rests in Corpus Christi Bay, just across the ship channel from downtown Corpus Christi, Texas. Take a tour and read about “The Blue Ghost”, check the Ship’s store for some fine memorabilia and gift items or make your reservations to Live Aboard for an exciting overnight stay with your youth organization.
Municipal Marina (Go)
The Corpus Christi Municipal Marina is the focal point of the city. It is on Corpus Christi Bay protected from the Gulf of Mexico by sandy barrier islands off the Texas Coast. The Ship Channel through Port Aransas provides easy access to the Gulf of Mexico.
Padre Island National Seashore (Go)
Padre Island National Seashore encompasses 133,000 acres of America’s vanishing barrier islands. It is the longest remaining undeveloped barrier island in the world.
For almost its entire existence, Padre Island has remained undeveloped wilderness. Because the National Seashore endeavors to preserve Padre Island in its natural state, visiting the island is very much like stepping back into the past. With few exceptions, visitors can now see Padre Island as it has existed throughout most of its history and how it is described in the few extant descriptions by the early explorers.
Located along the south Texas coast, Padre Island National Seashore protects the longest undeveloped stretch of barrier island in the world. Here, you can enjoy 70 miles of sandy beaches, wind-carved dunes, vast grasslands, fragile tidal flats, and warm, near shore waters.
Almost by accident we stumbled on Selena monument at the main Corpus Christi beach shore. After seeing a movie about her, I was a Huge Selena Fan, and after this was a place I loved. I never got the chance to see Selena live. Finding the place was the hardest part, because there are no signs or anything out front, you have to be quick with the eye or you’ll drive right past it. We learnt there is Selena museum in town, but we didn’t go there this time. Thus it is highly recommend to ANYBODY, even if you aren’t a Selena Fan or Fan of Tejano music, to go and see it. You will come out with a different attitude, wanting to know more about whom this wonderful young lady, who was senselessly killed at the age of 23…was.
And that was the end of our “Tour of Texas”. Before this trip I always thought Texas was a dessert land and very flat. I learnt that this part of Texas is very hilly and green country, with very warm climate. I will be back for sure…
By Zdenko Kahlina