|I drove my rig into Corpus Christi with the intention of touring the floating museum of the USS Lexington and the Texas State Aquarium. To get into Corpus I had to drive over a medium high bridge - I have been living on an island - and I hate bridges. I made it over with only slightly sore hands from gripping the steering wheel hard because I believe that somehow my tight grip is the only thing preventing the entire structure from fatal collapse. I navigate around the city (population 277,000) and approach the bay where the Lex, as she is called, rests. Between the city and the ship is an enormous bridge.
This is how I managed - I chant softly thru tightly clenched teeth, yes, everything has to be clenched tightly for it to work -"You have not given me a spirit of fear" over and over until I am safely across. It must work because I made 4 crossings that day and at no time did those bridges fall. I found a place to park and went to see the Lady Lex
This shows the view from down on the street. This is a view of the Corpus Christi skyline from her deck
and another view of her from the street
This ship was put into use in the Pacific in WWII and took several direct hits from kamikaze pilots. Tokyo Rose announced her sinking several times which gave her the nickname "THE BLUE GHOST"
After the war she was taken out of use but later re-commissioned and served faithfully until the 1970s when she was taken to Corpus and turned into a museum. Here are some pics of various areas of the ship I found interesting 1. the barber shop, they did need those military haircuts, right?
2, the chow line, the actual dining hall now held an art exhibit of naval aircraft
3. the dentist's office
4. an important thing to know the location - a life boat
5. a view from the deck
6. and some of the gauges for the engines
Inside in the main hangar deck they had some other interesting items - the original ship's bell
and this pilot in training
As I came down one long staircase they had little factual tidbits stenciled on the walls like this one
All in all, it was fascinating and I spent about 3 1/2 hours there counting the 39 minute IMAX movie included in my admission about fighter pilot training. I took so long that I didn't go to the aquarium and will have to save that for another visit here.