Highest Place in Corpus Christi
For our first group Task we decided to scale our Local Harbor BridgeFacts
* Post 9/11 security mandates from the city's port transit department prohibit people from taking photos from directly under the bridge!
* This is the second tallest bridge in Texas, and has a span of 620 feet.
* The road deck is 138 feet over the Corpus Christi Channel.
* There is a proposal to replace this bridge with a taller concrete bridge that will allow for taller ships, including cruise ships into Corpus Christi Harbor.
* The bridge first opened to traffic on November 1, 1959.
* NOTE: Another height of 235 feet and 250 feet has been given before for the bridge.
* Construction started in May 1956.
* With the construction of the bridge the channel was widened from 91 feet, to 400 feet. It also provided a replacement for a drawbridge which caused traffic problems on US 181 with ship traffic.
As we approached the rusty, steel behemoth after circumnavigating the local burroughs, a frothing, beastly canine ambushes our caravan. At first appearances we believed to have flattened the poor bugger but his lively ferocious barks show us otherwise. We quickly round the block, searching for a safer place to dismount for base camp.
We hike to the mouth of the precipice and begin the arduous ascent. As we arrive at the midway point, a low voice passes on the biting wind. The anxious cries are punctuated between blood-pounding whooshes of vehicular doom. The distant pleas of "Don't Jumps!" and "God loves you." are ignored as we continue our trek.
Each passing of a semi provides a strong rumble beneath our feet and a strong draft above our heads. Chaos all around. The gusts off the frigid ocean embraced us. We stop, taking a moment to reflect and pay homage to a fellow adventurer, Edmund Hillary. May his soul rest in peace.
Passerbys shared honks of encouragement, or perhaps they were just trying to startle us. It remains uncertain, but we'd like to think for the best.
After finally reaching the pinnacle, we realized our camera was depleted of energy. We fiddled with the ornery contraption with limited success.
It is time to go, for fear of any negative repercussions for our actions from the authorities. The descent is quick. We are flush with excitement and arrive at base camp victorious. It is time to rally at the parlor over fine tobacco and port.