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April 30th, 2011

galveston

Friday we saw waves crashing on a beach, penguins swimming at an aquarium, a blow-out preventer on an offshare drilling platform, fresh grilled flounder, dolphins swimming in Galveston Bay, pelicans diving, laughing gulls laughing, cargo ships cargo-ing, and oatmeal sitting in a bowl. I liked that when the belly dancer danced in the restaurant, many of the women got up and danced with her.

I worked at 4.17 a.m. on Friday. I realized my wife would love to see the royal wedding, so I woke her and we watched it. It was interesting, and I loved hearing a Charles Wesley hymn. Just after the wedding, but before the carriage ride, the fire alarm in the hotel went off, which is too bad, except that it was obvious most of the middle aged folks who had to pad down the four stories of this historic hotel were already awake, watching the wedding.

galveston island saturday

Today we took the free ferry from Galveston Island to the Bolivar Peninsula. We liked the dolphins that
surfaced in Galveston Bay. We saw a large, immature magnificent frigate bird on the ferry. We walked around near the Bolivar port, finding shorebirds and red-winged blackbirds and beaches with old tires on it.

We ate lunch at our hotel. Then I dropped my wife off at a salon. I drove to LaFitte's Cove Nature Preserve. It was great. The small preserve was carved out when a housing development was put in, and features woodland and pond/wetlands. When my wife finished her appointment, we drove back there. We loved in particular the pair of indigo buntings we saw at the Cove.

Tonight we went to the Art Walk in downtown Galveston. We were impressed not only with the art we saw, but also with the enthusiasm of the other attendees. We've had a great weekend here in Galveston.

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