Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Galveston Day Trip

A few weeks ago, one of my dear friends and former co-workers decided she wanted to celebrate her "milestone" birthday by spending the day in Galveston with the girls.  Six of us were able to go and my friends rented a 15 passenger van for the day. 

We began our day with breakfast and coffee at:
Hoisting ourselves up into this mac-daddy van, proved to be quite entertaining throughout the day.
The ferry is always a nice part of the trip - and for many of us, brings back years of memories.

I always get a kick out of the birds that fly alongside of the ferry.  They fly at the same rate of speed, so it looks like they are flying in place
The architecture in Galveston is just beautiful.
We did a lot of shopping and EATING on The Strand.
Always shopping shenanigans.
One of the girls mentioned that she heard of an artist who donated his time and talent after Hurricane Ike in 2008 to carve amazing sculptures out of dead trees that covered the island. 
I googled it from my phone and found the area where many of these works of art were displayed (mostly in the historic district.)  They were stunning.  It seems like the residents got to choose their own theme of the sculptures on their property.
The tin man from Oz.
What an amazing gift.
We got the biggest kick when we stopped to look at the Great Dane at this Great Dane Sculpture.
(See the little old lady on the porch?)
She came out to talk to us and tell us about the sculpture.
She told us the actual dog still around and, in fact, in the yard!
Pretty too.
And the food was certainly a big part of the BEST of the day.
The Jazz Martini (crab) was unquestionably the best thing I ate that day.
And then it was back onto the ferry...
...at sunset...
the most perfect way to end the trip.
Except for the beautiful moon that reminded me of Gianna's rendition of Moon, Moon, Moon - her favorite song.
Happy Birthday, MB!!! Thanks for sharing your birthday celebration with us. :)
(Pics came from my phone....not fantastic, but they captured memories just fine.)

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