My time in corpus christi can best be ...

Trip Start Jun 29, 1999
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Trip End Dec 04, 1999


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Sunday, November 21, 1999

My time in Corpus Christi can best be described as leisurely. Here's what happenned on Friday... I walked along the beach. I read a book. I had lunch. I sat out on the deck and read a book. I went down to the beach for a swim. I finished my book. I had dinner. I went to bed. Oh yeah.

Saturday was a little more exciting. A bunch of us from the hostel headed down to Kingsville where King's Ranch is. Once a year at this huge ranch they host a "Ranch Hand Breakfast" for the public to come and take a look at what goes on there. For 5 bucks we got a solid cowboy breakfast of eggs, sausage, beans, and biscuits in gravy. Oh yeah. They also a had a calf-roping exhibition going on as well as some big Texas Longhorns to look at and a great mariachi band for entertainment. In the afternoon I took a nice long nap. I guess all that eating wore me out. Saturday night I took in the very entertaining flick "Dogma."

Today I headed north to Victoria, Texas to visit the hometown of "Stone Cold" Steve Austin. It's a fairly non-descript place full of common folk and nothing in town suggests that they are proud or ashamed of their most famous son. I then moved on to Houston and immediately headed to Space Center Houston which is kind of half-museum, half-science center. It's pretty fun and you can also get a good tour of the Johnson Space Center next door where you visit the real Mission Control for NASA. While fooling around at one of the exhibits in the center I discovered that I've lost 20 pounds since I left 5 months ago. I celebrated by heading out to the best BBQ place in Houston. Goode Company BBQ near the corner of Kirby and Bissonette has everything I desire in a restaurant: a lot of dead animals and a lot of fire. The first thing you see when you get in line here is a bunch of ice chests filled with beer. I highly recommend the Po' Boy sandwich.

I'm heading out of Texas tomorrow and into Louisiana. I thing I should mention about my travels is that this is the first state I've encountered that has displyed their religious fanatics in full force. In Dallas, there were a few people handing out religious fliers downtown. In Austin, I watched a man haul a huge 9 foot cross right down Congress Avenue. In San Antonio I drove by a pick-up truck with another 9 foot cross erected in the bed. On my drive into Houston I passed by a huge sign that said "Lovin God. Hatin Satan." It's funny how in my various travels these people are grouped in the states known as the "Far South." These same states that fought so hard to retain the not-so Christian right to slavery.

I think I have about 2 weeks left out here on the road. I won't be making it out to the east coast again but that just gives me another excuse for a silly car trip later. I would have liked to have visited Myrtle Beach again for it was just over 10 years ago that I definitely acquired my love of car travel on a March Break trip there. The trip is ending now so that I settle myself somewhat before Xmas (and I definitely had to be home before Xmas unless I wanted to risk disownment).
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