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  • Day78


    November 15, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    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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  • Day26


    April 20, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    Ostern einmal anders. Leider gibt es hier keine Feiertage, wie wir es aus Deutschland kennen. D.h., am Karfreitag (Good Friday) und Ostermontag ist ein "normaler" Arbeitstag. Daher blieb nur das super sonnige Wochenende. Am Samstag ging es zum Terrain Race, aber nur zum Zuschauen. Unglaublich wie viel Spaß & Freude die Leute beim Rennen durch den Schlamm ausstrahlen. Im 30-Minuten-Takt durften die vielen - sehr vielen - Läufer starten; hat leicht etwas mit Massenabfertigung zu tun. ^^ Anschließend wurde am eigenen Pool gechillt (Wasser war leider noch zu kalt) und der erste Sonnenbrändi war da. Zur Feier des Tages (Ostersonntag) gönnten wir uns ein Frühstück bei "Toasted Yolk Café" - Pancakes mit Blaubeeren. Danach ging es Richtung Galveston Island. Dort schauten wir uns die verschiedenen Badespots an und schlenderten an der Strand- Promenade entlang.Read more

  • Day41

    Lunch at the Sunflower Bakery and Cafe

    December 7, 2016 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    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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  • Day19

    Shipping the truck camper

    August 11, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 31 °C

    Coincidentally i lost most of the data of our previous travel blog . so below link describes the last two entries ,about our troubles of getting Esmeralda to the south american continent.
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  • Day40

    Oil rigs galore

    December 6, 2016 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    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.
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  • Day12


    February 10, 2016 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 12 °C

    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

  • Day40

    Downtown Galveston

    December 6, 2016 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    The houses in downtown were colorful and reminiscent of New Orleans. We loved driving around there.

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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