Our Last Days on the Gulf of Mexico!
Trip Start Mar 28, 2013
56Trip End Jul 31, 2013
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We headed to Galveston without anywhere booked to stay that night. We had reservations for our other 2 nights at Galveston Island State Park but they were completely full on the night we were arriving. They said to try calling that day as they may have a cancellation. We looked into the other 4 RV parks on the island and found the same results, full, but call in case of a cancellation. We checked to see if they had a Walmart and they did so we knew we could always stay there if we were stuck! After numerous calls through the day to find out there were no cancellations we headed to Walmart. As we arrived we couldn't believe what a great location it was, the beach was right across the street! When we started to look around the parking lot we thought how odd it was that there wasn't any RV's anywhere. Whenever we drive by a Walmart no matter what time of day, there is always at least a couple RV's in the parking lot. That's when we noticed the sign saying no overnight parking. WHAT??? Walmart's that don't allow overnight parking??? Walmart was our backup plan! Aimee immediately started looking for hotels, Bruce tried calling all the RV parks again. It was 8 pm at night, we'd had a really long driving day (7 hours), Clare was overtired and crying and we were all exhausted. Fortunately one of the RV parks must have felt sorry for us and "ended up having a cancellation". We set up in the dark, then while Aimee put Clare to bed Bruce took the boys for a late night swim. The boys are such troopers and had been so patient and well behaved in the truck while we made our panicked inquiries about accommodations for the night. They deserved a little fun in the pool before going to bed that night!
We woke up the next day to the sound of ....... horses? Setting up in the dark the night before we really didn't have a chance to get a look at our surroundings. We opened our curtain and saw at the edge of the campground was a beautiful field full of grazing horses. We laid there for awhile and just enjoyed watching them as we woke up.
After a swim and a game of mini golf we headed down the street to the state park. We set up, did some school work, went grocery shopping then drove along the beach in Galveston. We picked up a pizza from Mario's Ristorante who's slogan on their sign says, "We speak very little English but we make the very best pizza". It was great and we enjoyed it outside at the campground. We watched a beautiful sunset by the campfire and then settled in for the night.
Since our arrival at the state park we noticed tons of little black bugs flying around. They didn't seem to bite but they were all over everything including us. They were more a pain than anything else as every time we opened the door to the trailer they would come flying in. They were very clearly mating and when we looked them up we found they are called "Lovebugs". They're kind of like our May flies except bigger and were only bad by the beach. They seemed to get better in the evening and we all just got use to them.
After a picnic lunch we went to Oceanstar Oil Drilling Museum. When we arrived in Galveston you could see some off shore oil rigs and we thought it would be interesting to learn about them. The museum was ok but most of it was too advanced for the kids and they were kind of bored.
We found a "Zoltar" fortune teller (looked just like the one from the movie Big) and Cohen decided to have his fortune told. Apparently he is going to have a happy reunion with a loved one soon (geared to tourists I wonder?) a new turn of events will come around, and has a very trusting nature (obviously, to pay to get his fortune told!). We all thought it was funny and we told them what happened in the movie Big.
Caleb "earned" his blow up boxing gloves while in Galveston and the boys had their big boxing match. We waited for the tears to come but they both just had fun and didn't try to beat each other up too bad! Wow, they really do love each other, or maybe they just know they'll disappear if someone gets hurt!
After dinner we went for a long bike ride on the beach as this will be our last stop for awhile on the ocean.