Nicknamed, "The Blue Ghost" the ship was renamed to commemorate the U.S.S. Lexington that had been lost in the Battle of the Coral Sea.
In the early 1950's the ship was modernized and reactivated as an attack carrier. Lexington was decommissioned in 1991. It is now designated a National Historic Landmark, a museum ship in Corpus Christi. J.J. and I paid $25.90 for our entrance plus $3 for parking Honu. We were given a small handout which illustrated 5 self-guided tour routes.
Mike, an enthusiastic volunteer from Iowa was on hand at the section of the Pearl Harbor exhibits to answer our questions. During the summer months, according to Mike, they get about 500 visitors a day. Today we had nearly the entire ship to ourselves to look around and reflect.Texas A-1 Steaks & Seafoods was the delightful lunch stop for us. J.J.'s T-bone was prepared to perfection and my American-style Greek Salad served with Raspberry vinaigrette was most enjoyable. Our server, Angie showered us with a genuine Texas hospitality! We would drive extra miles to return when we are back in this part of Texas.
Goose Island State Park is located between Aransas and St. Charles Bay. The park is popular with anglers and bird watchers. We were given an option of ocean front or woods to choose from. Our choice of the wooded area is beautiful and peaceful.
Aloha -- Cathi