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This site describes my many varied interests. I hope to keep it up to date with things that are going on in my life. For friends and family, I created the “Family” section. I'm also starting to attract some clients for web development and GIS consulting so I have a section for that. Music and Birding have been the things that take up my spare time since I can remember so I'll be building those sections up extensively.
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5/5/2007

Texas Vacation May 2007

We took a vacation to Galveston, Texas in late April and early May. We flew from Baltimore (BWI) to Houston (IAH), rented a car and drove to Galveston, Texas. We arrived on Saturday April, 28th and birded and explored a little bit at Big Reef Park on the eastern end of Galveston Island after getting settled in. The following day (Sunday) we went to High Island for some birding and then came back, had lunch and went to the beach in the afternoon. Then Monday we went birding at Bolivar Flats and then went to Moody Gardens.

Then on Tuesday May 1st we briefly visited High Island again and later continued on to Anahuac NWR. The birding at Anahuac was great. On Wednesday (5/2) we visited the town of Quintana and San Bernard NWR. On our last full day Thursday (5/3) we decided to go further afield and drove to Corpus Christi (an approximately 4 and a half hour drive) from Galveston. On Friday we visited the Johnson Space Center in Houston before returning to the airport. See the bird photos on J.B.'s Digiscoping Page

Some Photos

Donna riding on the Ferry to Bolivar, a cruise ship leaving from Galveston, and a scene from the Aquarium at Moody Gardens.
Donna on the Ferry Boat Cruise Ship The Aquarium
Donna in the garden outside the Moody Gardens Welcome Center, J.B. in the same general area with the Paddlewheel boat in the background, and Donna doing her Karate Kid imitation at the Jetty in Quintana.
Donna at Moody Gardens J.B. and the big boat Donna as Karate Kid

Food

We enjoyed much of the Tex/Mex cuisine but had a mixed review of some of the seafood that we ate. In Maryland we eat our crabs with crab seasoning. Crabs prepared with Tabasco Sauce instead of Old Bay was not to our liking. We had these fire-hot crabs at Bennos where we waited and waited for my crabcakes after being told twice that they were coming. I finally went in and asked about them. They wound up giving me my money back as we were almost done eating. I helped Donna eat some of the hot crabs. I like hot food and even hot sauce but these just made my mouth hurt.

We enjoyed dining at Fish Tales Seafood Grill. I really liked the Crawfish Etouffee and Donna's stuffed shrimp were to her liking as well. Salsa's gave us enough food to eat for two meals (which we did). In my esteem, it was very good close to authentic Mexican Food. We also enjoyed the same class of food at Tortuga's. Joe's Crab Shack was good too but they didn't have blue crabs so Donna settled for King Crab legs and I had a decent burger. We ate outside and enjoyed the ocean breeze from a vantage point that was not too close to the traffic on Seawall Boulevard.

Summary

Overall we enjoyed Galveston very much. The beaches were nice, the food was good, the birding was spectacular. We'd recommend it to anyone looking for that sort of thing. The bugs were a bit bothersome when we drove through an apparent mating event (bugs were stuck to one another). The windshield was a mess.

The day pass at Moody Gardens seemed pricey but it was an interesting place. The IMAX movies were a treat and we enjoyed the paddleboat ride. We didn't like the Johnson Space Center as much as we did like the Kennedy Space Center when we visited Florida. We may have been in too much of a hurry to get back to the airport to make a proper evaluation, but it seemed like there was less to do here than in Florida.

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