My travels continued on Saturday morning. My sister and I drove from Dallas to Waco, to pick up my parents, and then we headed to Galveston for a family vacation.
We looked like the "Beverly Hillbillies" driving down the road. The van was packed with luggage on top. Inside, there was my sister, my parents, my two nephews, myself & more luggage.
As we proceeded down the road, we were hit with many road blocks. A trip that normally would have taken 4 1/2 hours, took almost six hours.
One road was closed & we had to detour in another direction to get to Interstate 45, which would take us to Galveston. Because we did not have internet service, we weren't able to pull up google map. Thankfully my sister had her old faithful paper map in the glove compartment. As we approached Houston, there were signs saying "I-45 is closed in the downtown area". Fortunately, I had lived in Houston, so I was able to take an alternate route.
About 5 pm, we finally crossed over the bridge into Galveston. We saw the ocean & we knew we had arrived. We drove straight to one of our favorite restaurants, Benno's, to enjoy hush puppies, french fries, and fried shrimp.
After dinner, we headed to the beach house with the ocean front view to unload. After unloading, we were able to walk the beach and enjoy a beautiful sunset. This was a great ending to a very stressful day.
For those who are not familiar with Galveston, here is a little history.
Galveston is an island city on the Gulf Coast of Texas about 30 miles south of Houston. It has a population of approximately 47,800. The city served as the main port for the Texas Navy during the Texas Revolution, and later served as the capital of the Republic of Texas.
During the 19th century, Galveston became one of the largest ports in the United States. It was devastated by the 1900 Galveston Hurricane. The natural disaster on the exposed barrier island is still ranked as the deadliest in United States history, with an estimated toll of 8,000 people.
Galveston Island is a family favorite vacation due to its 32 miles of beautiful Gulf beaches.