Galveston, Oh Galveston

Posted by on May 19, 2015

Monday, May 18th

We walked up to the office about 9:00 am to pay for our 2 week and 1 day stay.  When I made my reservation I was told we’d be in site 118 but it was full when we arrived so we went to the next closest open site, which was 114.  We let the woman at the desk know that and she had no problem with it.

The pool here at the Oasis

The pool here at the Oasis

After paying for our stay we walked next door to the Service department and made arrangement to have the bearing on the coach tires changed while we are cruisin’ next week.  They’ll pull the coach over to the service bays to do the work and then bring it back to our site when the work is complete.  We’ll need to have everything tucked away and the slides pulled in so that they can move it.  They will unplug (and replug) the power when they move it so that we don’t have to worry about our food going bad and the ac will keep the inside cooled off.

Jay & Stella were, once again, our tour guides picking us up about 11:00 am to shuttle us around for the day.

Mike and Stella watching the boats on the bay

Mike and Stella watching the boats on the bay

Our first destination was Galveston which is just 10 miles south of us.  Jay drove all the way to the tip of the island where we were able to watch several barges floating in the water.  One was hightailing it to the sea, which was interesting to watch as I’d never seen one move quite the quickly.

Jay lived here from roughly age 5 to 16.

Jay lived here from roughly age 5 to 16.

Jay grew up in Galveston so he drove us by 3 places that he lived while he was there.  The first was the home he lived in until he was 15 or 16.  Interestingly enough there was a gentleman outside that Jay spoke with while I took a couple of pictures.  Come to find out this man was the son of the people who bought the house from Jay’s parents back in the early 60s.  His family has owned the house ever since!

A memorial to the victims of the 1900 Galveston Hurricane.

A memorial to the victims of the 1900 Galveston Hurricane.

This guy (mid 60s or so) was pretty colorful.  He currently lives in Hawaii but was back in Galveston to do some repairs on the house.  He seemed like the quintessential ‘surfer dude’…or perhaps one of the guys from ‘Dumb & Dumber’….talked a mile a minute and hard to follow as he switched subjects or thoughts faster than a speeding bullet!  LOL

Oil rigs in the Galveston port

Oil rigs in the Galveston port

We also drove by the home that Jay’s family moved to after they sold the previous one.  A beautiful home in a very nice neighborhood.  Jay’s father sold the home when he retired (he owned the Ford dealership in Galveston) and moved to New Braunfels.

We also got a brief glimpse of the upstairs flat that Jay lived in when he first moved out on his own.  Love this kind of touring!

Jay drove us up and down the island showing us the port area where there were two off-shore rigs ‘parked’ awaiting maintenance or whatever, the cruise terminal area, Pleasure Pier and various other spots of interest.

A shuttle within the NASA complex in Clearwater

A shuttle within the NASA complex in Clearwater

From Galveston we drove north to Clear Lake so that we could get a glimpse of the massive NASA complex.  Our glimpse was just enough to peak our curiosity so that one day we’ll be back and take a tour of the complex.

We drove through the Kemah Boardwalk area and will definitely have to go back to walk around and hopefully relax while watching the ships come and go through the shipping canal.

Awesome, awesome, awesome shrimp dinner!

Awesome, awesome, awesome shrimp dinner!

We ended our day with ‘lupper’ at The Topwater Grill in San Leon.  Jay and Stella had been there before and recommended the Shrimp lunch special for $8.99.  They’re never steered us wrong yet…and they didn’t this time either.  The shrimp was excellent as were the cole slaw, fries and hushpuppies that came with it.

Another great day spent with some of the best friends you could find.

Another great day spent with some of the best friends you could find.

We each ordered and appetizer to accompany our meal – Bobbers for us (crab balls) and Boudin Balls for Jay & Stella.  We ended up sharing our appetizers and we all decided the Boudin balls were the winners. Michael and I had never had boudin before but were very happy with them….good stuff!

We got back home about 4:30 pm and spent the rest of the day relaxing.  Watched a few TV shows, snacked on fresh home-made popcorn and headed to bead about 8:30 pm to do a little reading/internet surfing.

Another wonderful day…thanks to Jay & Stella.

 

“Galveston”

Galveston, oh Galveston, I still hear your sea winds blowin’
I still see her dark eyes glowin’
She was 21 when I left Galveston

Galveston, oh Galveston, I still hear your sea waves crashing
While I watch the cannons flashing
I clean my gun and dream of Galveston

I still see her standing by the water
Standing there lookin’ out to sea
And is she waiting there for me?
On the beach where we used to run

Galveston, oh Galveston, I am so afraid of dying
Before I dry the tears she’s crying
Before I watch your sea birds flying in the sun
At Galveston, at Galveston

 

 

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