~ Corpus Christi, Texas ~
~ Another Side Trip on the Way to and from South Padre Island ~
The Harbor Bridge at Corpus Christi... Carries Hiway 181 North and spans the ship channel at Corpus
I was just reading on the net that it cost $17 million to build about 50 years ago
But now it's showing it's age and they are proposing a replacement
It is 234 feet tall now, but they want to increase the clearance by 60 feet to allow for taller ships to pass
And at a projected cost of $150 million
On the way South to Padre Island we usually take off East just south of San Marcos
To take the shorter route past Corpus Christi
You can drive out on the piers, here looking back to Shoreline drive
A walkway on the outer edge of one of the piers
Still 150 miles or so from South Padre Island and my favorite stop over was the Sand and Sea motel
Really nice place right on the waterfront, a beautiful courtyard and pool inside
A rest and proper libation before heading on South
Waiter, would you refill this for me please?
The huge high Harbor Bridge in the background
And the piers and boats just across the street
Fishing boats and shrimp boats... Boats for hire for a tour or a fishing trip
Out on the pier, little parks with picnic areas and restrooms, really nice
Another look back to Shoreline Drive
Then another side trip across the Harbor Bridge, North to Aransas Pass and Mustang Island
A very extensive view possible from the top of the Harbor Bridge
And a look back toward Corpus Christi harbor
On the causeway leading to Aransas Pass
Now a wait for the ferry to Mustang Island
OK, back in the van, here comes one
And on an earlier trip we waited in the 73 Pontiac...
We're next, let's go for a boat ride
Hey, we're in the water! did you think this van would float?
Here's a ferry on the way back from Mustang Island
Almost ready to dock...
On the beach on Mustang Island...
Mustang Island is the same barrier island that extends all the way South to the Mexican Border
A road leads to the Southern extent of Mustang Island, then becomes 'Padre Island'
And a causeway leads back to Corpus Christi
The fishing pier off Mustang Island
Just choose an open spot, the fishing is good all the way out
I went fishing one night here and caught a little shark
The ferry stops running at 10 p.m. and we caught the last one
At the end of the pier, looking back
Saw a Mexican with a really nice bonito he had just caught here
Ok guys, don't be sitting on my Chevy...
This was even earlier, that was my 72 Nova SS
Help! Doggone, where's the lifeguard?
A pavillion farther South on Mustang Island
Late afternoon approaching so...
On South to South Padre Island...
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