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Goodbye To Galveston - Part Three

Before we left Galveston, you know I had to try to get some family pictures on the beach!  Unfortunately, I lost a piece of my tripod, so I ended up just taking individual shots of everyone, but I think the photos still turned out beautiful.  The light was so moody and pretty.

The next day we waved goodbye to Galveston, but on the way home we checked out a few places of interest.

First, we stopped at Brazos Bend State Park.  We had tried to go there when we spent a couple days in Houston, but they wouldn't let us in without a reservation.  However, the areas I could see were beautiful, so we scheduled a stop on our way home.  It was gorgeous!  I really wish we could have spent more time there to birdwatch.  There were ponds with all this beautiful vegetation, and big moss-covered oak trees everywhere.

We decided to take the route through Waco because I was just curious to see where the Magnolia setup was.  Unfortunately we missed it's re-opening by a mere two days, but it was interesting to at least drive past.  I'm not a huge Gaines-fangirl like a lot of people I know, but I can see how it would be a neat place to visit.

We also made stops at all the historical markers on the way home (including a small, very interesting cemetery), and we had some Texas barbecue for dinner!

The next day we took another slight detour and drove through the Oklahoma panhandle.  Remember, I was reading The Worst Hard Time, and I really wanted to see the heart of the dustbowl.  It was certainly dusty.  We also stopped in a city that was mentioned in the book, one that I pictured being much bigger, and I was surprised at how small it still was.  It was really interesting to have a book I was reading come to life like that.  Thankfully no dusters blew through.

We also made a stop at John Martin State Park and Reservoir, for more impromptu birdwatching.  It was funny, because the rangers told us that one of the birds we saw in Texas (I want to say the neotropic cormorant?) happened to be there, which would be really rare for Colorado...but we had already seen it in Texas, ha!

That is pretty much everything interesting that we saw on our trip!  The rest was just alot of driving, and trying to read in the car, and fast food, mixed with gratitude to be heading home.

(A peek at our beach photos.)

(Isn't the light just beautiful here?)

(Then our stop at Brazos Bend State Park!)

(These were from another gorgeous area of Brazos Bend.  Seriously, everywhere we looked was so pretty!)

(Driving to the hotel.  Eating our barbecue.)

(The next day in the Oklahoma panhandle!  Told you.  Dusty.)

(John Martin State Park.  Last interesting stop before we booked it home.)

Did anyone else take a road trip this year?  Where to?  It seems that it's the thing to do in 2020!

Galveston Island - Part Two

Once we were on Galveston, we spent a lot of time at the beach, the hotel pool, and out on trails!

We tried a couple different nature trails, and we saw so many interesting birds that we don't have where we live.  When we were driving in the car in Houston, I spotted a bird with pink wings flying overhead, but I couldn't tell what it was.  "Oh," Wyatt said, "maybe it's a roseate spoonbill."  Well, lo and behold, when we went on a nature walk, what did we see?  A bunch of roseate spoonbills in a pond!  It was so cool to see those birds, because they really aren't anywhere else in the U.S. except right along the coast in Texas and Florida.  We also saw a blackbellied whistling duck, a yellow crowned night heron, neotropic cormorant, and a common gallinule.

We ate picnic lunches along a canal (it looked like a popular fishing spot), and the beach.  We also went out to eat a couple times.  Our favorite was The Rainforest Cafe!  We don't have those where we are, and the kids thought it was so much fun!  Well, except for when the "thunderstorm" started - then Georgie slapped her hands over her ears and made the cutest little face until it was over.

We went miniature golfing, and really, is there anything cuter than little kids trying to hit a golf ball?  I think not.

We went to the beach a couple times and built sand castles and waded in the water.  None of us went out very far though, because there were rip tides a few of the days that we were there, which is terrifying to me.  I'm a born mountain girl, and the ocean scares me in general, so we are very cautious with the kids by the water.  We make them wear their life jacket/floaties whenever they even put their feet in the water, and they aren't allowed to go our past their ankles without one of us holding their hand.  Like I said, the ocean scares me a bit.  But I loved getting to relax, and play in the sand with the kids, and read!  I got a little paper reading in, but I mostly do audiobooks on the beach so I can watch the kids at the same time.  Even with Derek there, it's good to keep two sets of eyes on five kids.

We also loved the hotel pool, and we went swimming almost daily.  The kids are getting more and more confident in the water!

This was a quieter vacation for us overall - we generally pack our days with all the local sights, but this trip we just took it easy.  It was a nice reset from months on stay-at-home orders, though I told Derek I felt like we needed another week!  One week to get back to a stressless baseline, and another week to really refresh.  But still, it was a timely and needed vacation.

(See the spoonbills?)

 (We walked along the seawall to get to a gift shop we wanted to visit called Murdocks - which is funny, because Murdocks at home is a country-western store, not a store filled with seashells!)

(The seawall had these tiled benches all along it, and they had information about ocean-related things.  We stopped and read each one.)

 (All kinds of neat coral and shells.  We let the kids each pick out a shell as a souvenir.)

(Rainforest Cafe!  We also got the kids little stuffed animals here, which they proceeded to play with the rest of the trip.)

(Inside the cafe.)

(Mini golf!)

(This would be a great picture of me, if it wasn't for the mini-golfing/overalled figure behind me, ha!)

(The ocean, just after a big rainstorm. Of course we proceeded to walk on the beach, because the light was so interesting and pretty.)

(These pelicans just kept flying past in a huge line.)

(Frozen yogurt in the evening.)

(Lots of evenings at the pool!)

(And more sandcastle building and reading on the beach!)

We saw a few pretty sights on the way home, so last part of our vacation photos coming next week!
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