Day started out as severely overcast but by the time I got to Galveston there was a hazy sunshine which lasted all day. Very humid and in the upper 80s though. First thing I planned on doing was catching a couple of films, one about the 1900 hurricane and one about Jean Lafitte the pirate who had a colony here back in the early 1800’s. I was stunned when I got to the theater to see they were closed on Tuesdays. Why Tuesday? Doesn’t Monday make more sense? Plus the website doesn’t say anything about being closed in Tuesdays.
Just down the pier is the Ocean Star which is a retired oil drilling platform which has been turned into a museum. There are displays about everything from how oil is formed, to the various types on drilling equipment, to how the workers live. I spent about 75 minutes here and probably would have stayed longer but I had a parking meter about to expire.
After lunch at Jimmy Johns, checked out the shops on The Strand which is the historic shopping district, while killing time waiting for a 1 o’clock harbor cruise. The cruise only lasted an hour and stayed primarily in the area between Galveston Island and Pelican Island. Still it was a pleasant way to spend an hour and was only $10.
Next took a tour of Moody Mansion on Broadway. This house was purchased by William L Moody Jr in 1900 right after the big hurricane. Mary, a daughter lived in the house after father passed away in 1954. After she died in 1986, the house was passed along to the Moody Foundation and was converted into a museum. This is a self-guided audio tour, which is a good way to do this type of tour, that lasts about an hour.
Took Seawall Boulevard out of town just to check it out. It runs along the beach w/ the requisite souvenir shops, restaurants, and hotels as well as Pleasure Pier which has numerous rides on it. Ran into an accident on the way home so took me almost 2 hours for what should have been a 45-minute trip.
Steps 9826/949104 Bike 0/135.5