Saturday, August 8, 2009

All Good Things . . .

. . . must reach their end, and our family vacation to Galveston is now one for the history books. The kids had a great time, and the parents survived the adventure in reasonably good shape. Thanks go out to Randy and Steph for helping us keep up with the kids on the Strand.

My hopes of visiting museums was realized with limited success. I got to go to the maritime museum, and also see the tall ship Elissa. Sadly, the train museum was still closed due to damage from Hurricane Ike so I'll have to hope they have that one open again next year. Sheridan was pretty disappointed over that too.

There was still surprising amounts of damage from Hurricane Ike, even a year later. For instance, the tropical rainforest pyramid in Moody Garden no longer has birds and all their big fish that were in the central pool have been shipped elsewhere. On the way in to town we passed what looked like a junkyard full of wrecked boats. The train museum is closed. Several stores along the Strand were either closed or under repair. And then there are the missing or damaged piers. Galveston still has a ways to go before they have put Ike behind them.

But it's good to be back. . . even if it is too a messy house that I will spend most of tomorrow trying to straighten up.

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