Day 7- Houston, TX to Corpus Christi, TX

Trip Start Oct 06, 2009
Trip End Oct 21, 2009

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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Day 7- Houston to Corpus Christi, TX
L.B. Johnson Space Center and Padre Island National Seashore

Well, today has proved to be interesting, yet seven days now we have managed to see rain.  As we were driving to Corpus Christi sky was blue and out of the middle of nowhere a cloud burst.  Honestly, I haven't seen anything like this before, very interesting. 
So anyway, we got up and headed to the Space Center to finish up the gallery and see the stuff we didn't get the chance to see.  I managed to stump one of the guides yet again by trying to figure out who was the seventh of the Mercury seven that didn't get to go into space and trying to figure out who flew in the most space programs.  But anyhow, we left Houston for Corpus Christi and made it there around supper time and headed out to Padre Island National Seashore only to see the warning of Red Tide.  We got out and walked the beach and found about 8 sand dollars and some other nice shells, but we all started to notice coughing, sore throats and other weird symptoms and now it appears.  Red Tide is not only toxic to fish and other animals but can make humans ill as well and even toxic if ingested in the form of fish and or shell fish.  Saw many different types of fish though.  Among the dead fish were a puffer fish, alligator fish, trout and others including eels and sea snakes, shrimp and crabs.  Really sad.
Not an overly exciting day but educational none the less.  We went and had supper at TGI Friday's.  A good meal indeed.
Tomorrow we were planning to spend the day at the beach and then head to San Antonio late but those plans will most likely change due to the red tide and the risk of getting sick.  So we will see what we end up doing.
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