We decided on the spur of the moment to take a trip down to Galveston Island, about an hour and half from Sugar Land.
Here’s our route:
Amazingly we ended up doing a circle and going about 166 miles. A good day!
On arrival in Galveston after the obligatory stop at Starbucks (for Stephen) we headed out to the State Park Beach about 9 miles south. After taking an annual Texas State Parks pass (great deal if you want to go to many parks) we headed for the beach, a stone’s throw from the car park. The park ranger had let us know there was much seaweed on the beach and that there may be a sea turtle or two starting to come up and lay their eggs. Interestingly when they do lay there, the park rangers relocate them to Padre Island where they are native. That’s the way to bring to bring up kids!
Walking along the shoreline we came upon a 14″ floundering catfish washed up on the beach. He was still alive and I managed to pick him up avoiding his sharp spiny teeth, wade into the sea as far as I could, and release him back to his home.
Sitting on the beach we soon figured out we had a busy neighbor crab kicking sand in our faces as he burrowed out his homestead! He showed no fear as I took about a dozen photos of him, half in and out of the burrow. However, when the shadow of a seagull passed overhead he was back underground in a flash.
After leaving the park, we tootled down the island in search of adventure and instead came across a fun beach bar, Pirates’ Alley Cafe, which even served up a delicious (Austin) veggie burger! I guess Austin is the only place with vegetarians and hippies like us.