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Adventures in Galveston Island & The Countryside I: Get To Know Me Better

Posted September 2nd, 2015 at 7:50 PM by Meganium
Updated September 14th, 2015 at 3:42 PM by Meganium

*Part of a "what have I been doing while I was on DLoA" series

August 27-29, 2015

As most of you guys already know, I've been driving down to northern Galveston county to visit Roy all summer long. He actually invited me to visit after he's finished with his university classes as a way for me to unwind after all the hustle and bustle the past several days. I've been dealing with so much schoolwork, as well as crazy hours at work. The good thing about it is that I was able to get at least two days off that week (Thursday and Friday), along with an afternoon shift on Saturday. So, why not spend two nights at the Galveston countryside?

Little did I know that I was bound to enter a warzone of bloodsucking mosquitoes around the Countryside. Since Roy's mom's house is sitting next to a pretty bayou, it was mosquito heaven. And my attire was not appropriate for said "warzone". I was wearing a sundress and sandals. FML.

Immediately I was greeted by Roy, wearing a long sleeve shirt and skinny jeans. He sprayed repellent all around me so that way I won't get bombarded. But they still did, anyways. He greeted me with a kiss, and a Pikachu amiibo he said he was going to get me. :3

I ended up making dinner for Roy and his mom: steaks seasoned with basil and garlic along with some salad and mashed potatoes. I didn't want Roy's mom to exhaust herself since she's had a productive day around town, so I actually offered to cook. She mentioned about Galveston Island and how much the place had changed since she's been there. The last time I went to the Island was when I first traveled to Houston for the first time back in February. It was cold at the time, thus I couldn't stay longer than I wanted. I was intending on actually road-tripping there sometime, but couldn't due to being busy. So I never really explored the Island as much as I wanted to.

This morning when Roy and I got out of bed, and made ourselves coffee, Roy's mom suggested: "Let's go to Galveston Island." Roy was also pretty stoked on going, especially for me since I never explored the place as much. It was actually a beautiful, non-rainy day outside, so we decided to go for a short road trip there!

Pictures inside the spoiler! (they are pretty big, just a warning~)

Crossing the bridge heading towards the Island!

Seawall Blvd :D

Pleasure Pier!~

At the Galveston bayside.

Historic Downtown!~

In front of the Santa Fe Railroad Museum. I'll be taking Roy there one day when we're not too busy.

Best Empanadas out there!

We drove down to the shoreline so we could dip our toes in the gulf water. Roy and I held hands as we walked towards the small waves crashing towards us. The water? So warm and refreshing! It was also crystal clear…so clear that we could actually see fish swimming around our feet. I really wanted to try out fishing at the pier someday. Roy wants to learn how, so maybe someday I'll teach him some basics. :)

I felt like a tourist. Roy's mom took me literally EVERY SINGLE PART of the Island. The Railroad Museum, the Port of Galveston, the oil rigs, the ferry port, Galveston Bay, the historic part of downtown, and lastly, the Texas Bakery…where we end up buying the best empanadas out there! There's also numerous attractions such as Moody Gardens, which is a nature place that has an aquarium as well as a big IMAX theatre…as well as Pleasure Pier, which is an amusement park on the beach (kinda like Santa Monica back in California! Man I miss that place so much). I kept asking so many questions to them, such as "can we actually surf here?", "you can bring your car down there?", as well as many weather related questions such as "how badly did Hurricane Ike hit here?".

It was the most amazing time I had so far as I live my live in Texas. I can finally cross off another thing off my list: visit Galveston Island, and touch the waters of the Gulf of Mexico. The best part of all is that I was able to share my "first-time-in-Galveston-Island" experience with my amazing boyfriend, who he and his mom became wonderful guides to me. I guess I could always rely on them for getting to know places I really need to get to know in Houston as well as Texas in general. It was an experience I will never forget. Roy and I plan to return to Galveston someday, once our schedules are not as hectic as right now, he wants to step inside the Railroad Museum, and I'm gonna make it happen for him. :)
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