Now that the official spring break for Texas schools is over, it seemed safe to head back to the beach, so we drove about an hour to the state park on Galveston Island. We had read negative reports about this park after the damage caused by Hurricane Ike in 2008, but when we were here with the Jeep two weeks ago, we checked the place out and the sites that are still here are mighty fine. Some of the roads are not repaired, so Ken had to back down the road to the campsite that we will use to leave; there's no space to turn around. But that was not a big deal and we are enjoying the sound of the waves and the sea birds, having the place pretty much to ourselves once again. Today we combed the beach on foot, but it is hard packed and suitable for a bike ride, which is hopefully still in our future.
We continue to be impressed by the state parks in Texas, even this one in its less than 100% condition. Each spacious site has a shelter, a tall pole for hanging a lantern, water and electricity and a fire pit. Because the state parks charge a daily use fee, we bought an annual pass in January at the first park we visited. We got a temporary one, with the real one to be mailed in 4 - 6 weeks. Now that we finally have caught up with that mailing, it also included coupons for "2 for 1" camping nights. We're not sure that we will be able to take advantage of them all before we leave the state, but would encourage any campers coming to the state for any length of time to buy the pass and take advantage of the nice facilities. As Martha Stewart would say, "It's a good thing."