On Friday the boys and I took a trip to Galveston. We like Galveston. First we rode the ferry, which is both exciting, and free. (Sadly, this time we did not see any dolphins.) The ferry goes from Galveston Island to the Bolivar Peninsula, which doesn't have much of anything on it (thanks Ike), except for the Fort Travis Seashore Park, which is interesting thanks to its crumbling old concrete bunkers and fortifications.
These kids are so stinking cute together, I can't stand it. Isn't this a cool rusty old door? It leads into one of the old concrete bunkers. You can't see the jagged piece of rusty metal sticking out right behind Noah's bare legs.
I guess funds are low or something because this park does not seem to be big on safety. It was odd to see this open manhole cover without at least caution tape or a warning sign or something. I suspect that some unsupervised youth have been using this tunnel here to access the interior of the bunker, which is supposed to be off limits.
Looks kind of desolate, don't you think?
Oh, here at last is a "danger" sign. Just to the right of all the broken off fence posts with the jagged metal edges. It's funny, walking around this place, I felt like I was trespassing on abandoned property.
We spent a little while on the playground (which is in good repair, thankfully). Behind Noah is the Houston ship channel, which leads to the Port of Houston, the busiest port in the US. In this photo, you can see five vessels if you look closely (one is just a dot on the horizon). It's kind of neat seeing all the industry along the channel--the huge loading docks, the oil refineries, and of course the cargo ships, fishing vessels, and oil rigs. Occasionally we see a huge cruise ship with passengers lining the rails. Lots of things to talk to the boys about, and to look up in the encyclopedia when we get home.
After we came back from the Bolivar Peninsula, we parked along the Galveston seawall and spent some time on the beach. The boys had a grand time digging in the sand.
In other news, the weather here gets more fantastic by the day. Look at the forecast for the next week: