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Day 3 of our vacation consisted of exploring Corpus Christi a bit more. We started with the USS Lexington. I had not been on anything larger than a canoe before this, so let me just say, this was HUGE.

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We started by going below decks, as I figured we should get the stairs out-of-the-way first, before we all tired out.

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Which I’m glad we did, as several areas were incredibly hot. The littles really had no clue what was going on, beyond the fact that we were on a ship and there were things they wanted to touch everywhere!

These areas were a true challenge.

These areas were a true challenge.

The oldest was intrigued by the lifestyle of a naval crew. He had no idea that ships like these are little enclosed cities. Explaining to him how these men would be out to sea for months on end is one thing; seeing the dental clinic, the beds, the mail room, and the eating area explained it in a way that words never truly could.

I'd have a permanent knot on my head if this were my bed.

I’d have a permanent knot on my head if this were my bed.

After exploring the many wonders below deck, the oldest tried out a flight simulator while the rest of us got much-needed drinks and snacks. He joined us when he was done, and we all relaxed and just looked at everything around us.

My oldest pointed out that you could buy a $2.00 bottle of water, or you know, use the free fountain next to it.

My oldest pointed out that you could buy a $2.00 bottle of water, or you know, use the free fountain next to it.

Then we headed to the back of the ship and checked out the views. I bet it would be amazing to see a sunset from there. After this we went to the flight deck. Mom needed a break from the endless steep stairs, so the kids and I checked it out from one end to the other. The back part was windy but walkable.

My youngest

My youngest

Walking towards the front made me feel like a mime putting on a show. The constant blast of air was a challenge but cooled us off in a way that air conditioning never could.

An awesome big brother moment for the middle, he offered his hand to the youngest when he saw him having a hard time walking in the wind. <3

An awesome big brother moment for the middle, he offered his hand to the youngest when he saw him having a hard time walking in the wind. ❤

After seeing the Lex we made our way to the Texas State Aquarium. Goddess bless indoor air conditioning. I will let the following pictures tell their own story for a minute.

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After exploring, admiring, and getting lost in the beauty of the aquatic world, we went outside to watch the dolphin show. As I purposely chose seats in the splash zone, I didn’t get pictures of this event. I just held my youngest, and watched the world before us with his eyes. Lots of laughing, squealing and clapping ensued. And we got drenched. That part felt amazing on my developing sunburn.

Exhausted from the days journeys, we headed back to the condo for naps and relaxation. Later there was more pool fun, movies, night-time pictures of some of the area, and watching the moon rise.

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During this the condo’s thermostat gave up the ghost. I couldn’t reach the host that late at night, so we opened the sliding glass door and the window, and had a sweaty night of sleep.