Lots to do in Galveston

Trip Start Sep 06, 2012
Trip End Mar 06, 2013

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The Palms, Dickinson, Texas

Flag of United States  , Texas
Sunday, February 3, 2013

Feb 2

Midday Temp: 25C

This morning we left San Antonio and headed northeast to Galveston. We arrived around 1:30pm at our camp site in Dickinson, just north of Galveston Island. We had a quick lunch and took the car and headed for Galveston. We walked around the downtown and found out that it was Mardi Gras here, the downtown was blocked off and there was a $17.00 fee to go in. There were tons of things going on and there were small parades happening through the streets with people throwing strands of beads at everyone, we did get a few strands. We decided to go to the travel centre for information about the city. The lady there was very helpful and told us about the parade that would be happening at 6pm along the boardwalk. One thing at the centre was a plaque with a line on it on the wall about three feet off the floor. It stated that this was where the water had risen to during hurricane Ike inn 2008, then you look around and realize that the whole are would have been flooded. The whole city is either at sea level or below it, so it only stands to reason that the island could get washed away in a big storm. We moved the car closer to the boardwalk and walked the rest of the way. When we got to the pier there were people on the decks of the restaurants throwing strands of beads at people on the street so we joined in and had a ball. Karen and I collected so many strands that we had to put them in our back pack. We crossed the street to the pier and went to Bubba Gumps Restaurant and had a plate of shrimp before the parade started at 6pm. We collected more beads from the people on the deck before the parade. There were hundreds of people lining the street for the parade and everyone was so excited. The parade started and Wow the floats and bands were wonderful. There were so many strands of beads flying through the air that Karen and I were running out of room to put them. At one point a woman on a float looked at me and lifted up her shirt and flashed me (she was wearing an undershirt but not much).

In the end we had over 150 strands of beads. Not sure what we are going to do with them all. What a great day.

Travelled Today:   374 km

Travelled to date:   13307 km

Travelled in: Texas

Feb 3

Midday temperature: 25C

Today we drove to NASA's Johnson Space Centre only 10 miles away.

This is the home of NASA’s mission control and training for the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo and the Space Shuttle programs. Our time there started with a tram tour to the old mission control room used for all but the shuttles. Standing there was like being in the movie set of Apollo 13 with Tom Hanks, NASA has protected the room as a national historic site. We then went to the Saturn V rocket building where they have a full size rocket on its mover. This is actually Apollo 18 that never launched after the program was canceled. They also have a Mercury and Little Joe test rocket there.

We went back to the main building for lunch then started to attend the different movies at the 3 theaters they have there. The movies covered the early days of space flight to the future of space flight.  The shuttle program has been cancelled, and now NASA’s focus is the international space station and Mars exploration. The rover Curiosity landed on Mars in August 2012. Curiosity only cost 2.5 billion dollars and that doesn’t count the rest of the rocketry used to get it to Mars.

The centre has a lot of items from all the different missions over the years.

I grew up with the Apollo program; I even have some of the same Apollo mission photos back in Halifax that I received when I was in elementary school.

Karen and I had a wonderful day.
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