Day 8 Corpus Chrisit, TX to San Antonio, TX

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

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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Day 8
Padre Island, Corpus Christi, TX to San Antonio, TX

Well, what can I say.   What a day.  We got up to sunrise over the gulf of Mexico today, drove down to the national seashore and the red tide was still in, with plans to take a bulldozer to the beach in order to remove all the dead fish, eels and anything else that has washed ashore.  Almost immediately upon exiting the vehicle coughing fits started to the point of almost vomiting, so the visit was short and limited to the visitor center.  As we left we stopped at a gift shop that had a enormous sand castle built for the front of the store with shells and sea turtles, very creative but not much else to say about it.
The drive to San Antonio was not all that much to report and with us arriving mid-afternoon we went downtown to the Alamo and the river-walk.  The Alamo was really interesting after knowing the history of Davy Crockett and seeing artifacts from the battle at the Alamo and Goliad.  What we saw were a locket with some of Davy Crockett's hair, 2 of Davy Crockett's gun's, one in the annex and one in the church, I am guessing the later was Ole Betsy, along Jim Bowie's knife along with other artifacts.  The river-walk was really pretty and very intriguing.  We had supper at the Hard Rock cafe, where I found a really cute pink shirt that I got for Jessie.  The other thing I found was what I couldn't find at Graceland and now I know why.  I wanted to see Elvis Presley's karate Gi and couldn't find it, the reason why, it was at the Hard Rock Cafe.  Now it has been seen and picture taken as well.
The temp maxed out in the upper 90's this afternoon and for the 8th straight day we did end up finding rain.  As we got back to the van the clouds rolled in and rain began to fall.  Amazing!  We managed to find our way out of the chaos of interstates and highway's and crazy entrances and exits for the highways without much problem but I will complain now about the hotel.  Seriously, has anyone ever seen a hotel with an address on the interstate.  Well, ours did and when I called because we could not find this hotel for anything we couldn't even understand the person and despite telling them precise location that we were at they were unable to tell us how to get there.  Now these interstates around here have exits but once you get off it takes 2-3 miles of frontage roads before you can find a place to get on, and all frontage roads are one-way.  Seriously, it's really screwy.  What ever happened to the traditional cloverleaf onset and exit???
Anyway, needless to say I am not in the best frame of mind right now trying to navigate in this chaos.  Seriously though, I can't wait to get out of this crazy state.  I like the attractions but I just can't handle how things are constructed around here.
Tomorrow we go to SeaWorld for the day with the swimming with the Beluga program.  I hope tomorrow is better for me.  My temper is really starting to get short with all the navigating and traffic.
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