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The WALL

Temp 96°(F) Heat Index 112°


I've been absent for a while...other than thinking of basting myself and hoping I'll be done cooking shortly, I haven't done much.  On a hazy, summer morning this week, before the rush hour traffic got heavy, I headed to downtown and the seawall. I figured Shoreline Blvd, being open air, there may be a slight breeze blowing in off the bay to keep my body temperature a bit cooler. [it wasn't the temp recorded up at the top right margin of my post...this posted temp was mid-afternoon when I typed the blog for pre-scheduling]  I got hot, but not too much. This summer, I have been suffering a bit in the hot humid days.  More so than years past.  In time, the dog days of summer will be over, and hopefully some drier air will move in for a new season! I'm counting the days...and this year, I'm hoping it's sooner than later!! As you can see by the first photo when I stopped to photograph part of the marina, the air was thick. You can almost feel the humidity in it, can't you?


I'll just let you browse what you may see along the seawall, as you walk with me. From the many restaurants to sculptures, ship replicas, boats, yachts, seabirds, shrimp boats, skyline, culture [art gallery], unicyclist, and more. Come along...bring plenty of cool water, you're gonna need it. The round trip on only PART of the seawall will be about 7000 steps if you're counting [7196 for me]:


a ship's mast and signage [Corpus Christi Marina] and Joe's crab shack restaurant


Shrimp boats tied up at the docks and looking out beyond the breakwater to the open Gulf of Mexico



A replica of one of Christopher Columbus's ships...being restored. [note: it's been at 'dry dock' for years being restored! I see no new work done!!!]


The skyline


In all the time we'll be walking today, there is only ONE shrimper out to sea...the rest are tied up as you've seen in a previous series of pics. Either, too early or too hot? I do like to see them but you wouldn't catch me on one...they look rotten right down to the hull. And I can't swim. lol


Along the wall, on the sidewalk, you can rent scooters...or bring your own unicycle!  The white building behind the mirador is one of two art galleries in this area.  The large ship in the marina is a tour boat and the two benches, the shape of a ship's hull, is for lunching or dining as the sun sets along the parkway...maybe stop and have a smoothie, slushy, or cone?!!



I enjoy reading yacht's [boat's] names! Besides this one, Honky Voodoo, I spied one named Gypsy Pirate....hmmm!! The yellow piece of equipment is about a couple miles away from where we stand now...this is the new harbor bridge construction  I shared photos of a few weeks ago.  Of course, with a marina, you must have a yacht club.  And birds...A few Royal Terns graced some of the wall.


A big huge attraction in the downtown area seawall is the memorial to the Latino Singer-songrighter, Selena. Called the Queen of Tejano, Selena was a Texas native. She was one of the most celebrated Mexican American entertainers in our country. She was murdered in Corpus Christi by an obsessed fan in 1995.  Many,  many visit this site from all over the world!!


...and to conclude our day trippin' this time around, the last images:
Another sea-side restaurant is Harrison's Landing.  The owners have a historical background from the Harrison Family during the Civil War.  At Berkley Harrison [or Berkley Plantation] Plantation in Virginia ...it's home to the well-known music...the bugle played at the end of the day or at military funerals, TAPS.  The song was composed [1862].  The plantation is one of the first plantations in America, ancestral home of two U S presidents, and more. i.e, the first Thanksgiving  To end our walk, naturally, I have to photograph the favorite, the brown pelican.  And the last two are historical markers about the seawall construction [1941] and who designed it [the sculptor of Mt. Rushmore].

Read more of Selena
Read more on the plantation



26 comments :

  1. The Pelican, this must be the photo that you used to paint your awesome Pelican header.It looks just like it. So much to see there, and I especially love the ships. I like the benches and table shaped like a hull, and the blue scooters make a pretty picture.

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    1. No...this photo of the pelican is just this week...my painting is probably 10 years old.

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  2. I love your photos.
    Happy Friday.
    www.rsrue.blogspot.com

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  3. Thanks for the walk and the tour. I watched a movie once that was about Selena.

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    1. I never heard of her 'til she was killed & her story was on the news.

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  4. It does look hot, even if very beautiful still. I could not live in that kind of heat but would be a puddle on the sidewalk. But your pictures, especially that pelican, are wonderful. :-)

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    1. You get acclimated...but, still it's uncomfortable just like freezing temps.

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  5. You outdid yourself with many great pictures and stories posted today. What a walk!! My favorite is the rope. I want to touch it.

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  6. the only boat I would dine in, is that really super duper bench boat. I love it. we have been so hot since April I am sick to death of it. we went from a very mild winter to HOT in April. our power bill is killing me. all the ships are beautiful, I just don't float on boats.

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    1. Oh, I know. Our power bill is 'sky high' too.

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  7. Such great photos of your walk! I can’t swim either! But I love looking at the water!
    Has it hit 100 there yet? So far in Dallas we haven’t.

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  8. Thank you for taking us on such a delightful walk. I never even broke a sweat. Love the old boat under restoration. Would love to look around it when finished.
    This heat is like living under house arrest for me. Only on the outside till about 10 AM. Then into the A/C for which I am ever so grateful.

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    1. A museum here had all 3 replicas & Bud and I toured them. I'll say...cramped quarters.

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  9. I always enjoy your photos. I admire your ability to get out and about in your area. It seems permanently hot for you!

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    1. Yep...warm and then hot. Two seasons (temp wise)

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  10. I love your photos, and todays are no exception. The rope pic is awesome!
    I'm like you - would rather keep my feet on dry ground.

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    1. Yep...firm ground...looking TO the sea.

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  11. With that kind of heat,I would be staying very close to the a/c.Heat and I do not get along well.

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    1. I too have AC on. Constantly. At home & in car.

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  12. Yes indeed browse is just what I did. Such gorgeous views, and ships all the dock scenes are just lovely! Incredible place.

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  13. Do you ever look at your photos, or those of others and think what a great jigsaw puzzle they would make. The one of yours of the rope and the one above it with the net! Can you just imagine how hard they would be!

    It has been hot here, but we are having a bit of a break this week.

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    1. Oh yes...I see jigsaw puzzle possibilities a lot!

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