Battleship Texas

Trip Start Mar 30, 2009
Trip End Ongoing

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Friday, May 15, 2009

Well, I timed it just right: as I pulled into the parking lot, four school buses were loading up to leave. Whew!

Per the state park brochure, the Texas is the only surviving battleship to have fought in both world wars, and was the most powerful weapon in the world when commissioned in 1914. According to one of the signs onboard, she fired for 50 straight days at Iwo Jima, burning through four shiploads of ammo. The photos speak for themselves, and there are a lot, so this might be a good time to use the slideshow feature. :-) You might need to click pause to read the signs. As usual, the park site is lacking detail about the Texas, but you can find great stuff all over the web with Google.

My Texas State Parks pass is really paying for itself; I didn't have to pay the $9 admission or parking at the ship, or across the street at the San Jacinto Battleground, but once I walked into the monument I was in someone else's territory - not sure whose. It was $4 to go up the elevator to the top of the "highest masonry structure in the U.S.", only to find a small space with slot windows blocked by view finders... for only 50c more, of course. I enjoyed the windy balcony at the Empire State Building much more; it really felt like some altitude, whereas this felt like being in a plane. The free (permanent?) exhibit was full on interesting articles related to Texas independence, including uniforms, money, firearms, items used for daily living, etc., But the $8 "special" museum exhibit was, oh joy, photos of historical Houston. Gee, I think I'll skip that one - I've had enough of Houston these days.

Now, off to Brenham for my FJ's 5000 mile checkup; I did lots of research online to find the one with the best reviews, so I'm looking forward to a nice experience. After all, it's Toyota!

This may be the only vehicle I've ever had with (above) average mileage. At ten, my Corsica had just over 100,000 miles; at thirteen, my Camry had the same. You know, I love this thing so much that it's the first time I've enjoyed driving since before the bad car accident I had in 1986. I had forgotten how much fun driving is!

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