Editors John Oliva (from left), Gabriella Ybarra, Sam Gutierrez and Jose Alonzo failed to break away from the newest escape room at the Lexington Museum on the Bay.

Trying to disarm a nuclear bomb early in the morning is a great way to wake up your brain.

Foghorn editors John Oliva, Jose Alonzo, Gabriella Ybarra and Sam Gutierrez started off walking up the long ramp in the freezing cold to start our adventure at Corpus Christi’s newest escape room.

The Lexington Museum on the Bay employee had us fill out policy and waiver forms before we watched a safety video about what to expect. From there he led us down a hallway, with very short staircases, to the escape room.

A video played where a Russian character warned us he placed a bomb on the ship and the four of us had to figure out how to stop it within an hour.

We’re not allowed to give away too much information, but it was stressful and tiring. In the room, our mentor was keeping tabs on us from another area, which was a little odd knowing that you were being watched.

The mentor gave us clues on screens that were placed inside the two rooms and helped us get to the next clues and closer to deactivating the bomb.

“The films presented seemed a bit mediocre, but that’s not the main reason you’re in an escape room,” Alonzo said. “Unfortunately, our group was too naive about escape rooms and we failed to save Texas.”

Oliva said they were two steps away from defusing the bomb.

“We had less than a minute left so I just decided to pull the wires, hoping it would stop the bomb. That wasn’t the case,” Oliva said.

Gutierrez said it was fun, but she felt annoyed at the same time.

“I felt like Dory in ‘Finding Nemo,’ trying to read and pronounce the word ‘escape,’” Gutierrez said.

On the other hand, Ybarra said it was nice to be challenged.

“It’s very intricate and there are a lot of steps and puzzles to solve, making it challenging and even at times frustrating, but not in an un-enjoyable way,” Ybarra said.

We came close to defusing the bomb. We had a whole hour to do it and we could have done it if we had just a few more minutes.

We all would recommend the escape room if you’re looking for a fun adventure with friends and family. 

“The escape room was hard by requiring a lot of thinking at 9 in the morning,” Gutierrez said. “Allow and prepare your mind for challenging puzzles and loud music.”

Tickets are $35 per person and only 10 people can be in the room. The whole event lasts about an hour and a half. For more information, check out the Lexington’s website at usslexington.com.

Foghorn editors Gabriella Ybarra, Sam Gutierrez and Jose Alonzo contributed to this report.

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