_ 6:44AM: Seagulls screeching and the sun is shining. Welcome to Galveston! BHW and I woke up just after the sunrise and we went out to the beach to check the place out since it was dark when we got in last night. It was beautiful, and hardly anyone was camping at the site so we basically had the place to ourselves.
At 8:00AM, we went to the park rangers office to get everything sorted out with them. We obviously set up camp at the spot, but what we didn’t know is we set up camp across the street from where we were supposed to be. The camp grounds over there were $15 and on the bay, the spot we set up in was $25 and 200 feet from the beach. I decided to just do the full upgrade, I hated paying almost double what I had planned, but the view and location is just too perfect to pass up. Sometimes traveling doesn’t always go smoothly! Gotta learn to roll with the punches. What I didn’t know was that apparently you have to pay $5/person/day to stay here.. now that was something I just about refused to pay.. but 105 dollars later, we had our spot secured for 3 nights and our passes purchased.
BHW has a portable gas stove and we took it out to the beach to cook oatmeal for breakfast. The sun was rising and we were chowing down on some warm oats, it was amazing. We were the only people on the beach, paradise for sure! After breakfast we went to put the dishes away when a man came up to our tent with his 2 little kids and wife trailing behind him. In an accent he said ‘hello! We’re from Switzerland and we have a gift for you!’ Uh.. ok? ‘My roommate back home is from France and she gave us 15 gifts and said we had to give them to strangers and video record it for her, you’re gift #1.’ As he turns on his iPhone he gives me a little box wrapped in colorful paper. I open it up and it’s one of those 3D puzzles with the wood and rope and metal link in it. We thanked him for the gift and they went on their way, strange but awesome!
The rest of the day was spent making a sand fortress and being lazy on the beach. Tossing the Frisbee around we realized that not many more people had joined us outside. Everyone was cooped up in their RV’s.. the people next to us even had satellite TV! Oh come on! Is the beach not good enough for you? We went on a little hike through a marsh-land and watched the sunset from our camp site, how gorgeous!
After showering, we headed to a family owned diner called Shrimp N Stuff. As a local favorite, we just had to try it out! We pulled into the parking lot and walked into a simple diner. Placing our order at the window, we waited for the food that has everyone talking to come out. I ordered 2 pieces of catfish and 4 shrimp. BHW ordered the seafood platter. Our food came out and everything was HUGE! Neither of us could finish our meals, too.much.food! The catfish was fantastic and BWH got hooked on the fried oysters.
The night ended early after a long hard day at the beach. Too much relaxing just makes ya tired!