Friday, March 16, 2007

Fiesta Texas

After picking up our fish from overnight freezing at Dolphin Docks, we headed across to Aransas Pass via the ferry. It was a very short ferry ride, but it put us on the north side of Corpus Christi Bay. From there we traveled west through Ingleside and then back across the bay into Corpus Christi. The bridge crossing the ship channel into Corpus Christi gave us a great view of the USS Lexington. Several year ago we were here and took the tour of the Lexington. It was very interesting. It is amazing how large an aircraft carrier actually is. There are many in use today that are much larger than the Lexington. We could also see numerous barges and other ships in the channel -- either docked at some of the many factories and warehouses, or moving up or down the channel.

We headed west from Corpus Christi on Interstate Highway 10 to San Antonio where we grabbed a quick lunch at WhattaBurger before heading to Fiesta Texas (a Six Flags Amusement Park). We should have realized how bad the crowds would be when we exited the Interstate to find traffic being diverted about 4 miles out of the way before being allowed to enter the park. Once we were able to enter the drive to the park, we had to wait in line for about 20 minutes to go through the automobile entry gate into the parking area. It was only the first of the many interminable seeming lines.

There seemed to be a direct correlation between the length of wait and the length of the ride. A 30 minute waiting line terminated in a 30 second ride. A 2-hour line led to a 2 minute ride. It was crazy. The best part of the park was the great weather. It was a perfect mid-70's day.

After spending about 7 hours to ride 5 rides, we decided it was time to leave. We were wet and hungry and getting cold from being wet. So, we headed into Boerne (pronounced burn-ee) to check into the motel and eat. After checking in, we quickly changed into dry clothes and went to Chili's for supper. It was very good.

Tomorrow we are heading back into San Antonio for a while -- probably to El Mercado and the River Walk -- possibly to the zoo -- and then heading back toward home. We may drive all the way, or we may stop somewhere before we get there and spend the night. It depends on how long we decide to stay in San Antonio.

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