Galveston in Winter
I had hoped that we would have made a trip back to the beach, from our last trip in the summer, before now, but here we were, late December and just now getting back to the beach. Back then I think we thought online school was going to be different and we could just skip Zoom lessons and do work later. Which, we *could* do, but it turned out to be more complicated than just being flexible and up and going to the beach in the middle of the week. So, we never made it there.
Since we found ourselves with some time over this holiday break we made the trip down there on Monday. Temperatures were in the high 60s, low 70s, and perfect winter beach weather. As I mentioned in a post a few days ago, Forest and I dropped Chris off at San Luis Pass to fish and we drove back down the island to splash in the water—well, Forest splashed in the water and I stayed dry! I mostly wanted to play with my new toy lens for my Canon, a Holga HL-C lens that sorta replicates the effects of a Holga camera. It took some getting used to but I really loved it and shot all of the photos I took that day with it.
Aside from the beach, we popped into Galveston Island State Park to hike some trails and check out their bird observation towers. And we detoured back down the island to the Artist Boat Bird Observation Blind afterwards to check it out. It turned out to also have a 1-mile long trail but we didn’t go down it in favor of returning to the beach. I will keep that in mind next time we’re down there so we can scope it out.
The weather seems to have been better this week than we (and the forecast) anticipated and now we are just waiting for the rain and front to push through later this afternoon. So, maybe we could have squeezed some camping in? Oh well.
These photos are great! Is the beach side of Galveston State Park open now? Did you have to make an online reservation?
When you go back, if you follow the road past the Artist Boat bird blind (I think it’s Settegast) north to the Artist Boat headquarters, the empty fields on the north side of the road are my go-to place for finding sandhill cranes. They’re often close to the road, and great fun to see! And have you visited Lafitte’s Cove? It’s west from the Artist Boat blind — only a mile or so, then turn right at the Birding Trail sign. There’s a pond and trails into an oak mott. It’s a real hotspot during spring migration, but fun any time.