Galveston Has Big Plans

Hotel Galvez

I grew up about 80 miles east of Dallas Texas, if I’ve grown up at all. For those of you not looking at a map that is a little over 250 miles from the ocean. Where I’m from we call the Gulf of Mexico the ocean. The place we found ourselves if we drove straight to the ocean was Galveston.

When I was so small no one would have considered me grown up I saw a cartoon describing vacations. It said when people go on vacation they go to one of two places: to the beach, or to the mountains. The cartoon illustrated both types of vacations and the activities associated with each. It’s been a long time since I saw that cartoon, but I think mostly you sit on the beach and hike in the mountains.Watch Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download

I like the beach and the mountains, but I’ve been exposed to more beach in my life and have sought time on the beach more often. If I’m sitting on the beach listening to the waves hours can pass without me noticing. I find the surf captivating.

Now, Galveston’s beaches aren’t in the same category as Florida’s snow white sand and turquoise water. But there is a lot to Texas beaches besides them being ours for a fellow to like. I can drive down to Galveston and hang a right, go over the bridge at San Luis Pass, and pretty soon I can be driving down the beach. When I find a place I’d like to stop I can get out, pitch a tent, and stay a few days. Try that in Florida why dontcha. Also, I’m likely to catch a big fish on a Texas beach. I might catch a few fish in Florida off of the beach, but none of them are going to be 30 inches long. That sort of thing happens all of the time fishing in the Texas surf.

I was in Galveston last week with my wife, taking pictures of the old historic Hotel Galvez. While there I remarked that it’s been a long time since the area really thrived economically. I wondered what the local government might do to encourage more growth.

Well, today I saw an article on how a former mayor of Galveston is working to upgrade downtown. We traveled the streets of downtown in a horse drawn carriage with my parents not too many years ago. Galveston is a town full of history and charm, and I for one applaud any efforts to promote it. You can read about their plans in the Houston Press and Galveston Daily News.