Force of Nature
Trip Start Aug 11, 2009
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Today we saw , albeit second hand, the brutal power Mother Nature can wield when she's annoyed, but before we go down that sombre road let me share some of the lighter side of our day with you.
Today Trace and I experienced the true meaning of "Drive Thru America". ..........a drive-thru ATM, yes, we drew cash from the comfort of our car. You could also do normal banking from your car. All deposits or bill payments are simply placed in a plastic capsule which is then sucked up into a network of tubes into the actual banking hall where it is stamped or signed or whatever, and then squirted back out via the same tubes to the driver.....more genius.
When we got thirsty we stopped at Sonic which is a drive-thru fast food outlet
It doesn’t end there, we also saw a drive-thru pharmacy.....Seriously!.....A frikken drive-thru pharmacy. I’m not sure what kind of system they use to dispense their medicines but I’m sure it’s super efficient like most things in this country.
My all time favourite for obvious reasons had to be the drive-thru Booze Barn. You literally drive your car into the middle of the barn, tell them what you want and they load you up and you drive out the other side.......it’s like something created by a criminal mastermind. Legal ram-raiding.
Once we had driven passed miles and miles of oil refinery piping we came upon Seabrook and the Turtle Club. This pub is floating on a lake next to a massive marina and is generally a hang-out for power boaters. Today we were the only clientele and were very well taken care of by Darla (not her real name, but I call all the waitresses in America Darla)
70 percent of the houses along the coast here are built on top of twenty foot stilts because the area is super flat and obviously susceptible to rising water levels. Ike was a bit more than a slight rise in water level. We saw a few houses that had been completely swept away and a few that had been ripped apart by sustained 70 to 90 mph winds. The worst was still to come.
Galveston is a fairly large barrier island that took almost the full force of Ike when he was at his angriest.....but because it is quite a popular beach resort there was some protection against hurricanes ie a sea wall. But you can’t build a wall around an entire island so the waters simply went around the edges of the wall and washed away everything not set in concrete....and in some cases the concrete didn’t help much either. It was quite obvious that a lot of repair work had already been done to Galveston and it was getting back on its feet again. The same cannot be said for Bolivar.
We drove onto a ferry for the short trip to Bolivar....a trip that was made pleasant by the appearance of a pod of dolphin
Good luck and positive energy to all those that have to re-build their lives because of Hurricane Ike.