"Galveston, oh, Galveston"
Trip Start Mar 15, 2012
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Where I stayed
Dellanera RV Park (City of Galveston)
Just prior to arriving back at the Gulf we went through the little community of Freeport and drove by Clemens Unit Texas Prison. Oh, it looks like the kind of place you would not want to visit, much less spend a prolonged period of time there. It was originally built in 1893 and looks like it. Scary. We saw a chain gang, dressed in stripes and guarded by mounted officers working the plantation.
We also drove through a section of country where people are obviously suffering financially. We have seen these areas in Louisiana, as I'm sure they are everywhere. However, many of these homes appear to be survivors of a better time, prior to a terrible storm. They are almost sinking into the ground. There are many mobile homes in the country that are almost demolished, yet people are living in them
I knew we were about to experience vast extremes in living conditions, and we did. Hitting the Gulf road up to Galveston, it was one big, beautiful beach house after another. Most of the homes appeared to be rentals or vacation homes. They were built atop stilts about 15 or 20 feet high. Most of these homes looked new, so I assume most had been remodeled in some way after Hurricane Ike in 2008. There was still evidence of the devastation across this area; some homes left to decay on the far side of the beach road. John saw one sign at a condominium on the Galveston beach advertising units for $295,000.
We stayed at another City RV park, because it was also right on the beach. But, I sure can't brag about the beach. I don't know why there are so many trees and branches on the beach. Combined with all the seaweed that rolls in constantly, it's not like the beaches we are used to on the west coast. During the night it felt like a true gale. We were rocking and rolling again and the wind was howling. So, there were really big piles of seaweed along the beach the next morning.
The water is warm, so we did see people trying to surf and wind surf (whatever you call using a little surf board with a parachute like kite to pick you up out of the water and drop you back down)
And the City beach at the other end of the strip was busy with lots of people playing on the beach. It does cost $8.00 to park there.
We went for a little drive through town and enjoyed the historic residential area. Boy, if those walls could talk... They have restored many of these big, old homes that must have been owned by the richest Texans as summer vacation homes. The architecture was so detailed and people are doing all the intricate rehabilitation on these houses. Beautiful.
We did not wander downtown. Galveston is a big place with a wide variety of things to do and see. I see why young people are drawn to this area.