Galveston, Texas… Less Than 24 Hour Visit

On Tuesday at about noon, I boarded a plane for Houston, Texas.  By 9:30 Wednesday evening, I was back in Washington D.C.  Needless to say my first visit to Galveston was short and sweet!  I had an important meeting to attend Wednesday morning in preparation for my deployment to Africa.  I had a few hours free Tuesday evening and was able to walk around the downtown area, namely the “Strand.”  Galveston really has a nice downtown.  There are lots of wonderful 19th century stone and brick buildings that make a stroll around town enjoyable and of course there are plenty of great seafood restaurants where you can enjoy the day’s catch.  One thing I noticed was that there were quite a few vacant storefronts.  I was informed by some of the locals that after Hurricane Ike in 2008, many of the businesses that left to escape the storm have not (yet) returned.  There are numerous markers on the buildings showing the waterline from the storm surge, it looked to be at least 8 feet high… I have never been in or close to a hurricane and hope to never be!
All in all, I would definitely say Galveston is worth another visit… I just hope it will be longer than 24 hours!

Above, a view of Galveston Bay from the area around Pier 21.

Above and Below, some of the beautiful brick and stone 19th century buildings in downtown Galveston, Texas.

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I am an adventure-loving American man, with a severe case of wander-lust and a desire to experience as much of this wonderful world as humanly possible. Every place I have visited or lived has taught me something about life and helped me grow. For me, traveling opens my eyes to how similar the human race is, yet at the same time, how unique we all are. I hope this blog will motivate you to put down the TV remote, dust off your backpack and decide to take a chance on an adventure. It can be a walk in a new neighborhood 2 miles from home or a trip to a far off distant land. I have lived in or visited over 50 countries during my life and hope to see many more. I want to share my experiences. I hope you enjoy the blog. -WAND3R3R, Somewhere on the Globe, 2014.