Wednesday, April 4, Carol and I left our winter parking spot and drove about 12 miles to get service work on the RV. The service was done by Thursday at noon instead of the promised Friday, which was good. We left at noon and expected the trip to Corpus Christi to take about three hours but it was about three and a half hours because of an accident on 281 Hwy just south of Falfurrias, TX. We arrived in Aransas Pass, which is just north of Corpus Christi and parked at the Mobile Village RV Park. This was a Passport America park and these parks charge only half price to the members.
Friday, we drove into Corpus Christi to visit the Aquarium. It is near the Lexington Aircraft Carrier that we visited the last time we were in Corpus, so we went to the Aquarium this time. It is not a very large facility but enjoyed the Dolphin show and the trainer talk about Otters. We completed everything else in about hour. It was a busy place since it was Good Friday.
Saturday, we drove back into the southern part of Corpus to visit the Botanical Gardens. Again not a very large facility unless you want to go on the many nature trails, which Carol and I did not want to do, so it did not take long to complete this visit. They do have a large rose garden, which was all in bloom but most of the other displays were small. We took the scenic trip back to our RV via Padre Island, Mustang Island and then stopped at the beach for a while to watch the folks swim in the Gulf of Mexico. We then took the short but interesting voyage on the car ferry back to Aransas Pass.
Monday morning we set off in the RV for about a four-hour drive to the Houston/Galveston area. We parked our RV at the Safari Mobile Home Park, which is in League City, about half way between Houston and Galveston. This place contained mostly mobile homes or manufactured homes as they like to be called but with one section for RVs. This park was again a Passport America park, which is priced right for this tightwad.
Tuesday morning I made reservations on the afternoon cruise along the Houston Port Canal. This is a free, hour and a half cruise up and down the canal that allows the ocean vessels to deliver their cargo to almost the center of Houston. We saw a lot of ships docked along the canal loading or unloading their goods. Of interest to me, one ship was unloading a train engine with two cranes, raising the train engine out of the cargo bay.
Wednesday, we drove the Jeep to Galveston Island to look around and look at the ocean. Carol saw a billboard advertising the 3D I-Max movie of Tornado Alley that was playing at Moody Gardens. So, we did that also.
Thursday, we drove the Jeep back into Houston to visit the Downtown Aquarium. This was also a smaller Aquarium but was very well appointed with decorations around all the fish tanks to make them look as if they were in a tropical garden. The last display before the typical gift shop was a display of a beautiful white tiger. Not the typical Aquarium display. Outside the building were some amusement rides, I guess to make up for the small aquarium. One of the rides we did take was a miniature train ride out to a different building that contained the shark display. The train stopped for a few minutes inside the tunnel of a huge water tank containing the sharks.
Friday, we drove the RV to the Lake Charles, LA area. This trip also had a traffic slow down. I-10, which is three lanes eastbound had to funnel down to one lane for road repair. That repair was about a four-foot patch that extended across two lanes of the highway and that small patch caused about a 45-minute delay. I could not see any workers around except one lone white pick-up truck. It seems that work could have been done at night. Anyway we arrived at another Passport America Park; can you see the trend now? We got settled into Quiet Oaks RV Park, near Kinder, LA by 3:30 PM. .
Saturday, we drove about 10 miles north of the RV Park to the huge Coushatta Indian Casino for their buffet lunch. This casino seems to sit out here in nowhere, there is no large town for miles but it is a very busy place. I would guess that a third of the cars in the parking lot had Texas tags and one section of the parking lot had about 20 tour buses. We stuffed ourselves at the buffet and then walked around a bit to watch the players lose their money. It was a pretty full house on this Saturday. The next couple of days we just hung around the RV while I worked on this posting and did some reading. Tomorrow, Tuesday we drive the RV to Breaux Bridge, which is just east of Lafayette, LA. On Wednesday is the start of the Winnebago tour called Cajun Culture & Heritage Rally. Following that weeklong event we will drive up the Natchez Trace Parkway to Nashville, TN.