Fish are less complicated. After a break for a fine lunch (fish) at Pier 99 a much more authentic crab shack than Joe’s, we walked over to the Texas State Aquarium. It’s not the Monterey Bay Aquarium (one of the best in the world), but it was a lot of fun.
We ended up the day at Corpus Christie’s preservation park. This area has given refuge to about a dozen, maybe more, historic houses. Normally, as a preservationist (oned of my many prior careers) I disdain such places. Cities should preserve neighborhoods, not isolated structures torn out of context. But that’s not the way they do it in Corpus, a city that seems ambivalent toward its past. In some ways it reminds me of San Diego in the 1960s, a beach city on the make, but the city seems to lack not so much development as focus. It wants to grow up, but it’s not sure what it wants to be when it grows up. Hopefully it will keep what’s left of its funky charm.