“She was 21 when he left Galveston……….Galveston O Galveston”
Thus sang Glen Campbell, we arrived and left the next day and are long way from 21.
We have returned from an overnight stay on the harbour in Galveston and a morning on the Boardwalk at Keemah, an amusement Pier. At Keemah we had a ride up a vertical lift type ride that gave an all round view about 170 ft up. Leanne declined the experience. Mitchell had a go on the roller coaster, was the only person on it! Both places were semi deserted as winter approaches. This would be a good place to come back to when there are a few more people around. There was a major hurricane here around 1900 and the more recent Hurricane Ike in 2008 which was a Brisbane flood like experience but with the water coming from the sea.
We wandered around the Strand area which has a lot of restored buildings from the early 1900s when Galveston was a major commercial centre in the South, ‘the New York of the South’. Historically it was a centre for piracy and a major Civil War sea battle took place here. Galveston is also famous for its flounder which is in plentiful supply in November and I enjoyed a grilled one for dinner, Leanne sampled a largish Crab Cake .
As we left for Houston for the return to Houston we drove along the sea wall and had lunch at a ‘shack’ on the sand overlooking the Bay.