Monday flight down: Got to DEN and had a couple hours to kill off before the flight, so I had a Bloody Mary at the bar.
Then something went awry with the water main to the A Concourse, and the tap water started flowing brown. That shut down all food and beverage service, other than those drinks in a can or bottle. There were some rumors that this was isolated to the A Concourse only, and drinks were available at B or C, but I decided it wasn't worth the hassle, so I settled for just the one drink. Flight down was uneventful, and I met my crew for some dinner. Stopped to pick up my fishing license, and we headed to the house we were renting.
Tuesday morning, 0700: Met our guide at the dock at Goose Island State Park, and we got busy catching fish.
Mostly black drum and redfish, but there were a few croakers and two nice speckled trout in there as well. After a few hours, we brought it in and headed back to our rental. Pulled some redfish filets out of the supply, and set them aside in a marinade of herbs and orange juice. The rest of the fish went into the freezer. Those filets went on the grill, along with some corn on the cob. It was a fine meal indeed.
Wednesday morning, 0700: Met the guide again, and this time we went to a different spot. The black drum were hitting hard that morning, and we all caught our limit in just 2 hours. We also got a couple more redfish, and I landed a beauty of a speckled trout, checking in over 15 inches long.
That night we feasted on fish tacos: Grilled drum filet, shredded cabbage, pico de gallo, and a tomatillo-jalapeno-ranch dressing, all atop corn tortillas.
Kelly and Gary had travel plans on Thursday, so after seeing them off, Eric and I went to tour the USS Lexington Museum, which is anchored in Corpus Christi Bay.
This was really neat, and it really hit home just how BIG an aircraft carrier is. And the Lex is small compared to newer carriers! After the tour, we snagged a bite to eat, had a pint at Lorelei Brewery, and checked into the hotel for an early night.
Flight home Friday was a bit of a Charlie Foxtrot, but I finally got back home that night, and promptly put the fish into the freezer and went to bed.
All in all, a fine week of vacation, and much needed.