Galveston Journals

ROADTRIP - Celebrating Independence a Week Early

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A June 2004 trip to Galveston by Jose Kevo

Miles into Mere Steps Photo, Galveston, Texas More Photos
Quote: It's Tuesday afternoon. We're sitting at a patio table in my dining room; island motif and music melting its mojo. My friend sighs, "I'd sure like to go to the beach." Looking over, I volunteered, having Saturday and Sunday off. There was a rather transfixed stare bridging pause. They offer to drive . . .

ROADTRIP - Celebrating Independence a Week Early

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Miles into Mere Steps Photo, Galveston, Texas
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What Have I Been Thinkin'? When leaving NYC 5/01, I drove a rental truck to Missouri. Otherwise, my longest drives since have been to airports...always off to someplace further. As if living in the Middle-of-Nowhere doesn't scream LANDLOCKED!, my IGO-passport also says, "I can't function properly when becoming too tropically deprived". Here's proof that's nothing a roadtrip can't cure!Destination BEACH!: Trucked-in sand at local lakes just don't cut it! From Missouri, the Gulf Coasts are our closest options; extra distance to Galveston worth better conditions for indulging obsessions ; appropriately near where I first saw the ocean at Padre Island as a teenager....Read More

Galveston Island State Park

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Hotel

Galveston Island State Park Photo, Galveston, Texas
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Best Things Nearby:It was only about a 15-minute drive into town. We didn't appreciate the solitude until driving into Galveston the next day.Best Things About the Resort:BEACH ACCESS! Close enough, sounds from the rolling tides sang us to sleep.Resort Experience:Three campgrounds are listed through Google, but I like staying in National/State Parks even if it means giving up some extras usually found at private establishments. I called the State Parks hotline on Thursday afternoon getting one of three spots not reserved for the weekend. However, don't believe everything you're told. The specific number for Galveston is 409/737-1222 should you need anythi...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 7, 2004

Galveston Island State Park
Seawall Avenue
Galveston, Texas
(409) 737-1222

Galveston Island State Park

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Attraction | "How Far We'll Go..."

Galveston Island State Park Photo, Galveston, Texas
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No matter how sleep-deprived envisioned catnaps may be once arriving, I don't ever remember stopping to take one; this trip no different. Once camp was set, there was only one thing left - BEACH! What we'd driven 12 hours to achieve.Squelching a battery search, reasoning was we'd need the boom-box later that night. Actually, Mother Nature's symphony was already in progress as the only thing worth listening to. Scattered rain drops couldn't keep us from placing chairs in the moist sand and surrendering to be seduced.There were less than 30 people out in either direction; likely scared off from the forecast and threatening grey skies yet I could feel the salty heat on my body. Tides mirro...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 7, 2004

Galveston Island State Park
14528 Stewart Rd
Galveston, Texas 77554
(409) 737-1222

Downtown Galveston

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Attraction | "More Than Just Beach"

Downtown Galveston Photo, Galveston, Texas
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Complying with 11:00 a.m. check-out, we headed off without a map or plan to see what else Galveston had to offer. The sun we'd spent most the previous day yearning for was out in full force cooking-up Gulf humidity that made the air-conditioned driving tour welcomed.Crowning attraction of Galveston is the 10-mile beachfront along Seawall Avenue. It's pretty much what you'd expect with inland side lined with hotels/condos, restaurants, shops, and any other tourist trap-line of nonsense. Across the Avenue is the seawall which also includes parallel parking and promenade/sidewalk the entire length.In many spots tides are pounding at the base, but closer to the center are where public ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 7, 2004

Downtown Galveston
historic Strand district
Galveston, Texas

Moody Gardens

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Attraction

Moody Gardens Photo, Galveston, Texas
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When coming from the mainland, off to the distant right on Galveston Island are three utopic-looking pyramid structures which contain central attractions in Moody Gardens; what has became the area's most popular, modern destination.Anchored around a deluxe hotel and convention center, there's no less than a dozen activities around the complex which was likely the best Family Attractions I've seen short of amusement parks; also a great alternative for rainy days.An all-day pass cost $31 and is definitely the better ticket-option. We only had a couple of hours and chose the Rainforest Botanical Gardens housed inside the medium-siz...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 7, 2004

Moody Gardens
One Hope Boulevard
Galveston, Texas 77554
(800) 582-4673

WAL-MART - Can't Leave Home Without It!

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A Beachfront Wal-Mart Photo, Galveston, Texas
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If you've grown tired of all the traditional I See Something... roadtrip games, here's a new one to test drive: count the number of Wal Marts you pass for the duration of your trip and expect passengers (including driver) to need all twenty toes and fingers!This little adventure came at a time when none of us could really afford to do anything; but perhaps that was part of the appeal? Everyone always seems so amazed when I talk about my travels and how inexpensive it can be for having the time of your life. Drawing up a rather extensive list of what to bring, the goal was to spend less than $50 among us for everything else not including splitting cost for gas. I'd still like to believe th...Read More

MENTAL POLAROIDS

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Story/Tip

The Hatchery Photo, Galveston, Texas
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Shame on Me! Coming home from work the day after this plan had hatched, I was still trying to wrap my mind around the extreme spontaneity that had became almost as foreign as my usual travel list. One thing that was certain: I looked white as a ghost and needed to catch some "flava" so as not to roast by absorbing unlimited sun and surf.Stretched out in the backyard, I could reach out and touch a piece of my created Midwest paradise. There's no denying I've contracted chronic island fever; often terminal at times. The thought of beach whetted my appetite, but I remembered what the Texas coasts were like. When coming back inside, I wrote this potential journal description/overview...Read More