Our plan for Saturday was to start the day with a good breakfast - no chain restaurants - and hopefully something better than Blackbeard's the night before (Jesse did point out the good thing about eating at Blackbeard's was that we did not stuff ourselves). We hit the town early and drove around until we found a little cafe called Taqueria Jalisco on the southeast corner of Staples and Doddridge. It was a wonderful little family place with a great Mexican breakfast. The patrons seemed to all know each other and were very friendly making us feel right at home. I had migas, of course.
Next we headed to the Lexington. We wanted to beat the crowd and the heat by getting there early. Being mid-October, the crowd was not a problem, but it was a bit warm in places (can't imagine being there in the hot summer time). We skipped the movie and went straight to the Flight Deck to see the airplanes and runways. The Lex looks just pretty big when you are standing on the dock looking up, but when you are standing on the Flight Deck thinking about landing a plane there, it is just pretty small. I have new respect for all things Navy. We climbed up into the Navigation Bridge, Pilothouse, etc and played around. We went down to the big guns and played around on those too. I am sure we entertained the other tourist while took pictures and pretended to be the Captain or pretended to shoot the guns. Here is Jesse blowing up the 99 cent margarita place. Yes, they took silly pictures of me as well, but you will have to wait to see those tomorrow - if you are lucky. While touring the Lower Deck, we entered the Barber shop, I was about to say, "Hey Jes, take a picture of me cutting Dad's hair" but there was a man already sitting in the baber's chair, and he was completely bald, so I said, "Hey Jes, take a picture of me cutting this man's hair!" The man burst out laughing along with his friends. And we made new friends who turned out to be pretty silly themselves. When we entered the Female Berthing area, there was a sign that said, "No men allowed unless accompanied by a female..." Our new friends were very silly waiting on us to enter with them. Turns out that one of the guys was an ex-Lex navy man. The other two were ex-army.
We continued to climb all over the ship, and it is a climb sometimes with all the staircase/ladders. The whole thing was very interesting and a must-see. Jesse had to try swinging down from the bar above the stairs. We watched a film while sitting in the Ready room. Jesse said the machine shop looked much like the machine shop at Halliburton. Do they have drafters on ships, 'cause I think she is ready to join the Navy.
After a long morning at the Lex, we ate a late lunch at the City Diner which had excellent food and great atmosphere - very funky. The walking and climbing plus a big meal took their toll and we had to stop for a power nap before we changed into our beach clothes and had some more fun. We drove back to North Padre where the sand and beach are much nicer than the beachfront at the hotel. The boogie board was quite fun for catching waves and riding them in. The skimmer board was downright dangerous. Jesse never did master it, and Toby fell on his head trying to skim the waves. Although we could not help but laugh at him, I knew he would be very sore - he hit really hard. Still, we had a great time playing in the waves. We played until it was too dark to see. I thought Jesse would want to find a funky place and maybe hear some music or something, but she was as tired as we were so we headed back to the hotel to clean up and relax watching a movie from the king size bed.
Sunday morning we went back to Jalisco's for breakfast. I had planned on eating pancakes, but I found my self ordering migas again. Hmm, they had great homemade tortillas, too. Then it was time to tell Toby good-bye and head north. The drive home was uneventful. I hate I-35, but it does allow you to drive 75 or more. As we drove into Wichita Falls (had to pick up the rat terrier - notice the beach towel, boogie board and ice chest) we hit the cold front coming from the north. Welcome back to OK and the cool fall. By the way, it is not wise to take a close-up flash picture of someone who is driving.