Monday, July 20, 2009

Trip to Galveston

It's a 2 hour trip from our house to Galveston. That seems a long way when you are driving it with kids, but a really short distance when a hurricane is bearing down on you. We loaded up, gave the boys handheld gaming devices, grabbed the portable DVD players and away we went. 

The trip went fast and we arrived on the island. Drove around a little to see all the rebuilding. Saw a lot of houses that are now abandoned due to the damage done by Ike.
We got caught in a thunderstorm, and were amazed to see blue tarps still on many roofs. The gov't supplied the tarps and they were all supposed to be repaired a long time ago with gov't funds. No idea why they are still there.
This little fishing pier is on the back side of the island and yet it looks like twisted tinker toys. 
This is The Flagship Hotel, built on a pier over the water. It has been around for about as long as the seawall. Unfortunately, it is slated to be torn down now. So sad. Even sadder is the thousands of Oak trees destroyed by the salt water. They are busy cutting them down all over the island.
Thunderstorms can pop up out of nowhere and disappear just as quickly. This delayed our beach time a little, but not too much. We grabbed some lunch and waited it out.
My boys at the beach. Notice the man off to the right in the picture. He is way out there and the water is only up to his thighs. It stays shallow for a very long way. 
Those black dots in the sky above the kids are Pelicans. 
Although the beaches by the seawall were crowded, we were at the west end of the island and the beaches were really empty.
Ahren took to the water right away, but wasn't too happy when he kept getting sand in his water shoes.
Ahren spent most of the time running back and forth from the sand toys to the water. 
Sun protection was high on my list.
Best buds.
More running up and down the beach. This is a most excellent way to wear out small boys.
Splashing in the surf. Nice little waves.
And one last shot of Levi and his freaky eye thing he does.  Attack of the Zombie Albino Boy.

We had a wonderful time. In fact, we had so much fun we will be placing an offer on a house down there today. A nice little beach house, located on a canal with a boat dock. It's only a few years old, in brand-new condition and comes fully furnished. Three bedrooms, two baths, and just 5 minutes by golf cart from the beach in the above pictures. It's on the high end of the island and they only got 3 feet of water under the house during Ike. No damage. Chris's company is buying it for investment reasons, but it will be our weekend get-away spot. Cowabunga, Dude!!


Julie said...

Good luck! It looks like a beautiful escape!!

Reba said...

How wonderful! I enjoyed seeing the pictures. We went to Galveston two summers ago. We were devastated to hear about the hurricane...we had had such a wonderful time there. I hope it will continue to recover and rebuild!

Deb said...

Dude- count us in on a weekend trip to visit with you- maybe in Jan/Feb when the winter snows are flying here in OH.

Love to you,

PS- I am totally joking with you by inviting myself down- certainly I think you should host an LRH meeting instead (HAHAHAHA)

Gina said...

First, I wanted to tell you how much I enjoy reading your blog. Levi is so funny!! I bet he's even more funny in person! And your captions are a hoot! I always get a giggle reading about your adventures.

Looks like ya'll had a great time at the beach. I was wondering what kind of hand-held game does Ahren have? We are planning a trip that requires a LONG time in an airplane and need as many things as possible to keep Lucas entertained/content or we will have a very unhappy 3 year old - as well as a muy, muy unhappy plane load of people. You can e-mail me at hawgnpaws at yahoo dot com. Also, if you have any other ideas to keep a toddler occupied and entertained while on long trips, I'd be happy to hear them. Thanks a million!


Dana said...

What a great place - I love it! The beach house sounds wonderful!! What a blast! Only in Janauary are our beaches that empty. sounds like you have found a gem of a place!
Love you!