Friday, January 16, 2009

Texas State Aquarium, Corpus Christi

Tuesday we took the truck to Corpus Christi for some needed work. We had the fuel filters and the air filter replaced and also a leak in the A/C was fixed under warranty. They didn't get everything done so we had to return on Wednesday. Luckily it's only 30 miles away. We also found a place to get valve stem extenders. We need the extenders because we are unable to reach the valve stems on the inside duallys in order to install our Pressure Pro sensors. Those sensors give us the tire pressure electronically without having to use a tire pressure gauge.

Thursday we went to another potluck here at the RV park. It was crazy hat day. Whatever. The potlucks here are starting to not be very enjoyable. It's way too crowded there and everybody gets there really early so they can get a seat. We ended up in a little room off from the big room at a table in the corner all by ourselves. Fun. We ate and left. There was a "jam session" afterwards that apparently was pretty good. We heard about it the next day.

This morning we went out to breakfast (I know!!) with Donna & Nolan. Anybody who knows us knows we don't usually do breakfast. Anyway, we had decided yesterday we were going to Alice Faye's and meeting at 9:00. We took that to mean we were all going together. We walked over to their trailer at 9:00 on the dot feeling pretty proud of ourselves for being on time that early in the morning. Imagine our surprise when we saw their truck gone and nobody answered the door. Uh oh! They must have meant we'd meet at the RESTAURANT at 9:00! Oh well, at least it was close and we were only 15 minutes late. We had a GREAT time with them just sitting there talking and drinking the brown water the restaurant disguised as coffee.

Nolan and Donna

After we left them we drove over to the Walmart to check if Mark & Dortha could get their motorhome in there for fuel. They're coming down here to Rockport and since fuel is so cheap here I think they may have wanted to get it when they got here. I don't think they'd be able to make it in there to turn around and get out though.

We drove AGAIN to Corpus Christi to pick up the mudflaps we had ordered from a truck store but when we got there the guy opened them up and they were the wrong ones. The ones he had were for a Chevy and wouldn't work for us. Sheesh. We decided to go ahead and go to the Texas State Aquarium while we were in the area. I really enjoy that kind of stuff or anything having to do with the sea. Warning: LOTS of pictures coming up. First stop was the dolphin show that had just started when we got there. It cracked me up because there were three of them and the girl was calling them "the boys". It reminded me of Jesse and Ginger's dogs. Ginger calls them "the boys" too.

These pictures were taken from the underwater windows of their tank.

From there we went to watch the otters playing. They're so fast underwater.

How's this for a closeup??

From there we went to the turtles. They have a new exhibit for rescued turtles. All the turtles have some kind of disability. Most of them have had a flipper or back foot amputated somehow. It's pretty amazing how they can still swim.

From there we went inside to the BIG aquarium. There were also smaller aquariums and other exhibits where you could pick up the hermit crabs and the sea urchins.

Sting Rays (no, you couldn't pick them up).

Cool looking hermit crab

Little baby alligators

Pretty fish

Sea Horses

How would you like to see THIS coming at you???

The same bull shark


Various species of jellyfish

We finally left the aquarium after a couple of hours and decided to stop for some fish and chips.

Now, if you're still reading this, this is a picture for Jenny who accused me of leaving the mustard lid open. These are all the mustards in my refrigerator and you can plainly see the lids are all closed. Whew, that's a load off my mind.....


Mark and Dortha said...

I just love the aquarium. It has been several years since we were there, I wonder if they have expanded?

Thanks for checking out the Walmart fuel stop.

See you guys soon.


Joe and Sherri said...

Hey I am so releaved to know that the mustard lid is not open. Sherri and I have stayed awake at nights worring about that. Thanks so much for letting us know. Now we can worry about those Austin peanut butter crackers we had in the pantry and what happened to them.