_ The sunrise was beyond gorgeous this morning. BHW cooked some oatmeal and we set up chairs to enjoy the morning together. I don’t think I’ve ever seen the sunrise before and it was so peaceful. We were literally the only people on the beach, I couldn’t believe people were sleeping through this experience!
We finally found a place to sleep in New Orleans called Joe and Flo’s Candlelight Hostel for $55/night. I spent all morning at Starbucks trying to figure it out, worried that we didn’t have a place to sleep and we were going to be there tomorrow! It was way out of my price range but it’s somewhere to sleep, a private room, and we were getting desperate. I didn’t want to have to sleep in the car.. in the middle of a ‘not so nice’ city. They only had 1 night available and we needed a place to sleep for 2 nights. I refused to pay for another place to sleep so I called a couple friends from back home. Bama, a friend from ultimate at Ball State, hooked me up with his friend Rhodie who lives in New Orleans. I was told to call him Dragon when I met him on Thursday. Not sure why, but I’m sure I’ll find out when I see him.
The internet pointed us in direction of The Strand, a historic district of Galveston with shops and food joints. We walked into a few of the shops, not really finding anything authentic. I was a little disappointed until we came across LaKings Confectionary Shop. I walked in and all I could smell was chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate. Row upon row of truffles, fudge, and brownies were all I could see. On the other side of the shop was something even better, ICE CREAM! They handmade milkshakes and malts from anything you could think of. I went with the traditional chocolate chip cookie dough shake and BHW had a chocolate malt. We also both got truffles, Amarato mousse for me and Grand Marnier for BHW. Everything was delicious, and fattening. Before we left we watched a guy hand make the chocolates.
After walking up and down The Strand we headed off to our next adventure, a dolphin tour! I didn’t know dolphins were in/near Texas but they sure are! We took a boat tour around the Galveston Harbor and learned a ton about the city, it was really interesting. The guide talked about off shore oil-drilling and things of that nature. We also saw a few dolphins here and there too! They didn’t come right up to the boat or anything but it was still awesome!
Since we hadn’t eaten since 6AM we found a place for lunch called Taco House. Another hole the wall, family owned place. If you haven’t caught on.. we like to eat at places that look a little iffy on the outside, slow service, might not be up to health standards, but totally worth it in the end. Running low on cash, we shared a dish that had tamales, tacos, guacamole, beans, and rice. The service was fast and friendly and the food was fabulous.
I’ve never ridden a ferry before and neither has BHW. The tour guide on the boat said the ferry that took you Bolivar Penninsula was free. Being cheap college/college grads we headed over to the ferry! It took us to, well, nowhere really. We turned off on a side road though and we literally drove onto the beach and about 2 feet from the ocean. We could have driven in if we wanted! It was pretty strange. After our day full of adventure, we headed back to the campgrounds, made a fire, heated up our leftovers from Shrimp N Stuff, and hit the sack. Tomorrow we wake up at 6AM and head to New Orleans for a couple days!