All along we've been saying we were going to visit the USS Lexington in Corpus Christi, well the day finally arrived. One a beautiful sunny day we along with our friends Paul & Cindy, who are workampers here, finally headed to Corpus Christi to visit the Lady Lex. Our friend Al from Live Laugh RV served on the USS Lexington and you can read about their experience.
The history of the USS Lexington CV-16 according to Wikepdia:
USS Lexington (CV/CVA/CVS/CVT/AVT-16), nicknamed "The Blue Ghost", is an Essex-class aircraft carrier built during World War II for the United States Navy. Originally intended to be named Cabot, word arrived during construction that the USS Lexington (CV-2) had been lost in the Battle of the Coral Sea. She was renamed while under construction to commemorate the earlier ship. She was the fifth US Navy ship to bear the name in honor of the Revolutionary War Battle of Lexington.
Lexington was commissioned in February 1943 and saw extensive service through the Pacific War. For much of her service, she acted as the flagship for Admiral Marc Mitscher, and led the Fast Carrier Task Force through their battles across the Pacific. She was the recipient of 11 battle stars and the Presidential Unit Citation. Following the war, Lexington was decommissioned, but was modernized and reactivated in the early 1950s, being reclassified as an attack carrier (CVA). Later, she was reclassified as an anti-submarine carrier (CVS). In her second career, she operated both in the Atlantic/Mediterranean and the Pacific, but spent most of her time, nearly 30 years, on the east coast as a training carrier (CVT).
Lexington was decommissioned in 1991, with an active service life longer than any other Essex-class ship. Following her decommissioning, she was donated for use as a museum ship in Corpus Christi, Texas. In 2003, Lexington was designated a National Historic Landmark. Though her surviving sister ships Yorktown, Intrepid, and Hornet carry lower hull numbers, Lexington was laid down and commissioned earlier, making Lexington the oldest remaining aircraft carrier in the world.
Lots of vendors with some great food and treats
A very talented wood worker doing, intricate inlays and he made the smaller lazy susans for RV'ers. If I could have figured out a place I'd use them I would have bought one.
The town of Goliad is infamous for it's hanging tree which is in the town square.
Curt and Glenda from Camp Lowry:That's How We Roll stopped in for an afternoon visit. I guess our camera was on vacation as I have no pictures but check out the blog Curt writes and you'll get their take on the afternoon. We first met them in IL last fall, a short visit and new friendship was made. When I heard they were going to be nearby I invited them to come for a visit. We took them for a tour of our wintering grounds, then on a borrowed beach buggy we took them for a ride into Port Aransas. Of course spring break was going on so you can only imagine the sites we saw. A nice meal at Fins with great conversation made for an enjoyable time. It started misting when we got out of lunch so the ride home was a little wet. Plans are made for a meetup in IL, we both will be at Bo Woods in Sullivan at the same time and I imagine the smoker will make an appearance.
We got up early one morning to see Chevron's giant oil platform Bigfoot head out to deep water. My father spent part of his career working for Chevron so know he'll appreciate the picture.
Dave got some last minute fishing in and scored some big fish for one last fish fry.
Good Friends & Family
Lots of Great Memories
To all of our friends at Gulf Waters; we'll miss you and look forward to when our paths cross again.
After a rough take off day yesterday, but that's a story for another day, we are now on the road heading slowly east and northward. We're in Galveston for a few days then headed to Abbeville LA and to Betty's.
Until next time...