Monday, February 28, 2011

Driscoll Childrens Hospital Corpus Christi, Texas

Driscoll Children's Hospital
Nothing special about this hospital that I know of. I pass it about every time I am doing my run in Corpus Christi. But if your child has ever needed a hospital, then this was and is a special place. Several of my friends and family have had children here when the need arose. 

Friday, February 25, 2011

Weser, Texas

Historical Marker at Weser Texas
I hope you can read the text on the sign if you enlarge the photo.   This is a community along highway 77A/183 between Cuero and Goliad, Texas. If it weren't for this sign and an actual community limit sign on the highway, the remembrance of Weser, Texas would only be in the minds of a few older people.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Highway 83 road signs near Laredo

Left? or Right?

We make a lot of decisions while we are driving based on road signs. Or at least we used to.  Many people today depend on their GPS units to tell them where to go and which way to turn. 

This is at Exit 18 on IH35 where you are either coming out of the rest area. Turning left and you will head north towards Carrizo Springs and points north. Turning right will immediately merge you along with Hwy 83 onto IH 35 and you are headed into Laredo.  Going straight, oh wait, that is not an option.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Texas Safety Rest Area and Travel Information Center

Texas Safety Rest Area at Exit 18 IH35 near Laredo, Texas
This is a panorama I made from several iPhone photos of the rest area at Exit 18 just north of Laredo on IH 35.  This location has parking for several trucks but I don't ever remember seeing it full. There is quite a bit of truck parking near Laredo at Exit 13 at the Pilot, Flying J and TA truck stops there. And then every major carrier has a terminal and yard near Laredo as well.

As far as I know this is the only rest area in Texas that has this style of architecture. I don't know is it properly known as Mexican architecture or more of a Spanish Architecture.

There is more information about this location here.   For more information on other safety rest areas in Texas click here.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Corpus Christi Bay from Ocean Front Drive

Looking at Corpus Christi Bay
When I am  running in Corpus Christi area I usually have a drop that takes me close to Ocean Front Drive. This is always a beautiful place to drive and if you have been watching my submissions to View From The Cab you will have noticed that I frequently submit photos from this area. 

Ocean Front Drive (the cross street in this photo) runs along Corpus Christi Bay from downtown to the Naval Air Station Corpus Christi and is lined with beautiful and expensive homes and rich neighborhoods. In some parts of the oceanfront, you will only need to leave Ocean Drive for about a block or two and find yourself in a very depressed, almost slum-like part of the city. 

Corpus Christi Bay has been made famous by people like Johnny Rodriguez in "Corpus Christi Bay" and others. I am not sure who the first artist was for "Corpus Christi Bay" as a number of them came up in a Google search. I mention Johnny Rodriguez as he was most often played on the old channel 10 "America" on XM satellite radio (that was before Sirius took it over and destroyed it).

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Houston Highways

On the ramp coming from Beltway 8 Northbound onto IH 10 towards downtown Houston. 
The ramps from the Beltway are rather high in Houston's version of the mixmaster at this intersection and you can get quite a view of 10 both east bound and west bound.  But the best picture I got of it yesterday was once I was already down the ramp and by the Gessner Road exit. Along the left edge is the ramp coming from 10 west to 8 north and south. And that must be the Memorial City Hospital straight ahead on the right (the tall buildings.)