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Galveston

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  • Day78

    LONE STAR STATE TWO

    November 15, 2017 in the United States

    We stayed for 3 glorious days in Wimberly, in the Texas Hill country, with kind friends. We ate Real Texas Barbecue, visited an olive orchard, swam in the Blanco River, and had a tour of President Lyndon Johnson’s ranch (known as the “Texas White House” because he spent a lot of time working there.) I never realized how much Lyndon Johnson and his wife “Lady Bird” did for social policy in the US — pro-education, anti poverty, pro-environment, implementing desegregation. It was fascinating.

    We then made a last stop in Austin for an electric bike tour around Lady Bird Lake. I really liked having that extra battery power to zip me up the hills when needed. It was almost like having Jabba or Boots attached by a harness — when they see a rabbit — super-charged.

    Then we drove south to the Gulf of Mexico, to the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge. This whole Gulf Shore was clobbered by Hurricane Harvey in August, and has not completely recovered. But the migrating birds from the north have returned as usual, including the Whooping Cranes. They were magnificent. Unfortunately our binoculars were lost earlier on this trip, so we had to make do with our own eagle-vision, but there are high platforms with good views of the habitat — coastal plains where there were 20 - 30 of the tall gawky white birds staring in the water in groups, fishing, occasionally lazily taking off and gliding around. In the background, pelicans circled and dove for fish in the shallow ocean beyond the swamps. We saw many other birds including vultures, gulls, hawks, herons, and egrets.

    After Aransas, we carried on to Galveston Texas on the shore of the Gulf of Mexico. This is a beautiful long white sand beach protected by a sea wall built after a hurricane in 1900 wiped out the city entirely. It is also a site with lots of oil tankers and rigs off shore. The Gulf water is and clear and clean, and about as warm in November as Malagash water in August. I swam for a short while but was a bit cautious of the strong surf with no life guards — I have great respect for the power of the ocean.

    Today we drove East to Louisiana, and are staying in Lafayette which apparently has great Cajun food and music. We are heading out for the evening to find out for sure.
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  • Day41

    Lunch at the Sunflower Bakery and Cafe

    December 7, 2016 in the United States

    Well how much trouble can it BE to find shrimp and grits in Galveston?

    Needless to say, we worked up quite an appetite on the beach (but then we work up an appetite doing laundry ... sometimes I wonder if we are part Hobbit). We had carefully researched the matter of shrimp and grits, and based on reviews and photos, determined that the BEST to be found would be at the Mosquito Cafe. Alas, we may never know. By the time we got there, they had stopped serving breakfast and they ONLY serve said dish at BREAKFAST.

    Hmmph. So we walked down the street to the Sunflower Bakery and Cafe whose food had also interested us. No shrimp and grits, but they were still serving breakfast and guess what. They had pecan pancakes. And what could be more Texan than pecans? Was there a choice?

    The walk was also a revelation of tropical flowers planted everywhere about, which warmed the cockles of the gardener's soul.
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  • Day40

    Oil rigs galore

    December 6, 2016 in the United States

    Driving over the causeway into town yesterday we opened the window for a photo. Ahh ... I'd recognize that smell anywhere. Raw crude oil. Since my dad and his dad made their livings in the oil industry, it doesn't really smell bad to me. It smells like industry, and prosperity.

    Downtown, all along the bay, there were enormous oil rigs waiting to cast out to sea. A working town. With real people, even in the midst of all the tourists.Read more

  • Day12

    Galveston

    February 10, 2016 in the United States

    Started the day visiting the Alamo. It was a lot smaller than I expected, only took about an hour and a half to walk through it and watch a video. Although it was interesting and the weather was nice. After walking through the Alamo, we decided to drive towards Galveston, Tx. We drove a longer route that took us along the coast more. After arriving about 5:00, we walked along the seawall for an hour and had dinner at a steak house. Which meant we had an hour walk back to the hotel.Read more

  • Day39

    Lunch at Miller's Seawall Grill

    December 5, 2016 in the United States

    Shrimp omelettes! What else can I say

You might also know this place by the following names:

Galveston, غالفستون, Горад Галвестан, گالوستون، تگزاس, GLS, ガルベストン, 갤버스턴, ഗാൽ‌വെസ്റ്റൺ, गॅल्व्हस्टन, 77550, Галвестон, Ґалвестoн, 加爾維斯敦

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