Tropical Texas

The vistas around Corpus Christi's International Airport contribute little to the "Texas Riviera" image that the city officials like to promote. All that's visible at first when you land is a flat landscape of cotton fields, decommissioned oil derricks, and a few wandering head of cattle. But just 15 miles away, there's a totally different world, where the palm trees sway along ribbons of undeveloped shoreline, and seashells crunch underfoot.

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