This morning we took a six mile walk along the Gulf side of the beach at Galveston, Texas. Then we drove around the park where where we're staying -- Galveston Island State Park -- to scout out a hike for tomorrow, and looked around the city.
Galveston was one of the largest ports in the country until it was devastated by a hurricane in September 1900; between 6,000 and 8,000 people on the island were killed in the deadliest natural disaster in US history. Shortly after the hurricane, the Port of Houston was created and Galveston never came back to its previous level of economic importance. But Galveston is still a port plus a cruise ship terminal and a big tourist center. And just like other places along the Atlantic and the Gulf, Galveston still gets hit by hurricanes. The latest big one was Ike in 2008, which, among other damage, destroyed all the buildings at Galveston Island State Park. They've done a great job of rebuilding.
|When we started out this morning, it was so windy the sand was streaming by our feet.|
|Jim did his part to make his corner of the world a nicer place by picking up trash along the beach.|
|Birds guard the Gulf of Mexico.|
|Bev found three nice shells on our hike. It looks like the entire Gulf side of Galveston Island is a public beach.|