|On Saturday we decided to take a drive along the Gulf of Mexico. Our trip started by heading into Galveston TX. to catch the ferry across the bay to Bolivar Peninsula. The peninsula is a long spit of land that is to the north east of Galveston Island. It didn’t take long for us to realize that this area of the Texas coast suffered the most damage from Hurricane Ike. Steps and decks leading to nowhere indicating houses had been and a number of new homes were under construction. The entire area is built on stilts as the peninsula is virtually only 3-4 feet above sea level. The entire gulf coast is one huge gigantic Beach that runs for hundreds of miles so we stopped and drove out on to the beach at a couple of locations. Near the Town of High Island, named not because it is an island but because it is a high point of land, the road along the coast was closed so we had to head inland. By this time we had decided to head into Louisiana to at least say we were in that state. The area of Louisiana is not much different from Texas. The area along the coast consisted of miles and miles of beaches and houses on stilts. We stopped at a Louisiana beach called Martin Beach where Connie stuck her feet in the surf. At the end of our visit to the neighbouring state we drove back toward Houston taking the quicker route on the I-10.