Galveston Island and Moody Gardens

Trip Start Nov 22, 2007
Trip End Dec 01, 2008

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Wednesday, April 2, 2008

We spent some time on Galveston Island at the Dellanera RV Resort. Aside from many miles of coast line and an endless beach walk, one of the attractions on Galveston Island is The Moody Gardens. We got a two day pass to this interesting combination of gardens, zoo, IMAX theatre, and aquarium. The complex consists of three pyramid-shaped buildings. One houses an aquarium that features 4 floors segmenting four main sea life habitats-Caribbean, North Pacific, South Pacific, and Atlantic. Aquariums are always fun places to visit; the seals always seem so happy to have visitors! We enjoyed the exhibits, although I must say that I was disappointed in the lack of information that accompanied them. Inevitably there would be a posting indicating some type of creature that was not actually in the tank, and a multitude of others that were in the tank but not identified. It was more of a visual experience than an informative one.

Another pyramid houses a rain forest habitat, complete with roaming animals (even a sloth and monkeys) and birds, as well as some that are encaged. They have many varieties of macaws, my favorite being the indigo macaws-they are stunning. They also have an ocelot-this happens to be an all time favorite cat of mine; however, he (and it was a he) was encaged and shy. We have included a picture of him, but mostly you can only see his eyes. We also enjoyed looking at the wide variety of orchids that were growing everywhere in the pyramid. A separate exhibit leading into the pyramids focused on various species of frogs and other reptiles, including live examples of the most poisonous and colorful of their kinds.

The third pyramid currently houses an exhibit that recounts the story of the Titanic, and holds a number of artifacts dredged up from the wreck over the years, and stories about the passengers on board. This was interesting but not very interactive.

Perhaps the most fun was the 3D IMAX movies and a 4D movie. It had been a long time since either of us had seen a 3D IMAX movie and we enjoyed two of them in particular. One was about the Grand Canyon and included footage from the air and a trip down the Colorado over the rapids in a raft. The other was about prehistoric sea creatures. Both were very well done and informative, without being "preachy," about the effects of development and progress on the earth and our environment. We also watched a 4D movie about dolphins, which was a derivation of the footage shot for the National Geographic series "Planet Earth." A 4D movie is a 3D movie plus a theatre rigged to simulate the climate and the action taking place in the movie. We were misted with salty sea and felt the ocean breeze as the dolphins on the screen rose out of the ocean and dove back in.

Our trip to the Moody Gardens certainly was a nice way to pass a couple of days when the weather wasn't quite good enough to be at the beach. We have attached a few pictures, although we did not have our best camera, so some are not as crisp as we would like. Hope you enjoy them in any case.
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