Thursday, January 28, 2021

Our Last Full Day in Galveston!

 The first and the last day of a vacation are somehow the sweetest ones!

The sun was shining this Thursday in Galveston!

I woke up first so this was my quiet spot for the morning.
I made a pot of my flavored coffee and poured it up in three coffee cups before making the second pot for Louis Dean using his regular truck driver coffee!

My special place in the sun....

and his!!

We left the hotel shortly after noon and headed back to The Gumbo Diner!

I had the beignets and HE had chicken fried steak with French fries and EXTRA gravy on everything, along with a whole bowl of fried okra!!
I'm so glad Debbie recommended this place because we really enjoyed both meals!
It will be a regular for us when we come back.

Next stop - Galveston Railroad Museum!

A little train song......

It was fun to go back in time.
This brought back a lot of memories for Louis Dean from when he was a young boy selling newspapers at the train station in Abilene. It was around 1946 and he was 10 years old.
The porters took him under their wings and allowed him to board the trains 10 minutes before departure to sell his papers for a dime. They were a nickel in the station but the train was about to pull out so he made a little extra money - with the porters' blessing!
He remembers a woman jumped off the Wooten Hotel and it was all over the news.
He sold at least 100 papers that day.

My train memories were when my sister and I would ride to Kansas City, Mo. with Mother and Daddy.
We made that round trip twice back in what seems like another life.

We decided one last beach walk and a trip to Murdochs was in order.
It's a tradition!!

The water was beautiful and the air was cold!
AND the wind was blowing.

I was determined to sit on the balcony with my drink - and I did! For a whole 20 minutes!
Then I came in all bundled up in a blanket to sit at the counter and thaw out!
Louis Dean didn't last 3 minutes before he went in.
At least he saved me a seat!

We walked the beach below Murdochs and were surprised to see real foam on the sand.

I've never seen foam like this before!

It floated along the shore.

Louis Dean found a few shell treasures.
I need to take a pic of the bowl with sand and shells in the hotel lobby before we leave tomorrow.
We want to make something similar when we get home.
OOPS! I need to get a scoop of sand on our way out of town.

As the sun was setting, we headed back to our hotel and freshened up before dinner at Tortuga!

It was a great ending to a wonderful beach trip.

Louis Dean and I both feel like we have recharged our batteries.

And that's a wrap!
We have had such a good time in Galveston and can go back to normal life with a fresh batch of energy!


Ginny Hartzler said...

What a wonderful day it was! Do you know what causes the foam? The water is so pretty, and it looks like you had the place mostly to yourselves!

Kathy said...

I need a vacation like that. I so love the beach. Thanks for taking me along with you. Sounds like you had a wonderful time.

Changes in the wind said...

What a wonderful time you had and look forward to seeing your shell display.

Beth said...

Linda, I'm glad you are enjoying life with your beloved Louis Dean! Despite all the issues going on in the world, perhaps you would say, "It's a wonderful life!"
I was interested to see you drink flavored coffee and LD prefers regular coffee. It's the same way at our house. Have a blessed week.

MimiG said...

Recharging your "batteries" at the beach - doesn't get much better than that! I'm a coffee girl too, but I don't want any flavors or additions in the morning - I something add something to my afternoon, but mostly just strong coffee with 1/2 teaspoon of creamer.
We have something in common - I left out of Kansas City, MO on a train to come home to Birmingham one summer. I was about 11 - my mother and one of my sisters and I. How funny.
Thanks for sharing your "water/beach" photos - as soon as we can travel around, my first trip will be to the Florida Panhandle!! Have fun at the ranch!

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

That sunshine is deceiving. One could imagine it was summer. Glad you had a cozy blanket to wrap up in. I've never seen foam like that either. For a minute it looked like snow until I read your description. It would be wonderful to have some sunny days here to enjoy. It's so dark and gloomy, I hardly know daylight has broken. So glad you are refreshed and renewed. Your beach trip was just what was needed. Take care and safe travels home again and we hope by now the rain has ended there as well.

Arlene @Nanaland said...

I feel like I went to the beach with yall. What a good few days and like you said, a change of scenery is good for us.

Sandra said...

so glad you went and sorry it is over, but you have all the memories in your head and your photos. i can feel the cold and hear the surf and smell it to. now i am dying for fryed okra. I do love it. bob would love the chicken fried steak, i rather have sausage gravy and biscuits and i bet they have that too... hope you have a safe trip home. waiting to see where you put the new rockers

photowannabe said...

Recharging the batteries is what it's all about. There is nothing like it.
I can't wait until Dave and I can do that too.

When?? Not for a I will have to be satisfied with peeking into your lives..(:0)

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

You are so right, Linda, that a short trip can recharge you and glad to see and read about your Galveston adventures. You did look mighty chilly wrapped in that blanket.

Carole said...

the thought of you with recharged batteries is slightly scary ... you'll be moving so fast you'll just be a blur! Cheers

Visits With Mary said...

I saw your blog on a friend's blog list and decided to stop by for a visit! I was excited to see you're a fellow Texan. We live about an hour from Galveston and have been there many times. These days we go to the Kemah Boardwalk, it's fun, just so crowded if you go on the weekends. I enjoyed my visit, it was good meeting you!

Rain said...

Hi Linda! :) I love all of the photos of you drinking coffee...and that lovely margarita!! :) The food looks awesome!!