An old post indicates that it had been more than a year since the last time I went to Galveston. Today I took another road trip, heading down to the coast, just to enjoy the day. On the drive down, the skies were mostly cloudy with enough of a shower here and there to get the wipers going.
Just when I got to the causeway (the bridge that connects Galveston Island with the Texas mainland), it really started to pour, and I thought I might just have to turn around and head back home. However, when I got to 61st St. and turned to go over to the seawall, the rain gave up, and it was just overcast the rest of the time.
If you’re really looking, there’s still some evidence of the havoc Ike wreaked upon Galveston. There are still a few restaurants and shops at the far end of Seawall Blvd. that never re-opened and look rough on the outside. The Flagship Hotel, which sits on piers out over the water, has the same gaping hole and looks much the same as the last time I was there. However, for the most part, the businesses appear to be back to about the same as in the pre-Ike days. In fact, there are a few new hotels and shops, and a lot of the old ones have spruced up.
There were a lot of people enjoying the beaches near the San Luis Hotel, but the numbers began to dwindle very quickly not far down. It was, however, a Thursday, and had just rained.
Filed under: All About H-Town (Houston), Maps, Geography, and Places, Travel, Weather Tagged: | 4-wheeler, beach, Flagship Hotel, Galveston, Galveston Causeway, Galveston Seawall, Hurricane Ike, lifeguard photo, Murdoch's