Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Test Run to Galveston - April 2013

When we bought our rv almost six years ago, we committed to each other to spend many weekends a year traveling around together, spending quality time with each other and with our children. The reality of the rv outings haven't come to as many as we hoped, although each time is a treasured experience and memory.

The rv has been patiently waiting for attention since the end of last May. Anticipating a busy summer, we took it out for a test run, and everything was working fine, except the generator. We took it in to a shop and had them replace the awning as well.
fresh new look with new awning
Then, we thought we'd take it on a trial run to Galveston and see what we might have forgotten before venturing off on bigger trips I hope to plan this year.

We stayed at the Texas State Park in Galveston.
Image of the Texas State Parks Pass
The Park pass costs $70 a year for family and covers daily entrance fees and discounts on camping at all Texas state parks. A good deal since the state does not charge a per person fee, it covers all who fit in my vehicle. (my vehicle can fit many - my whole family!)

It was good the see the park open again after suffering significant damage from Hurricane Ike.Hurricane Ike destroyed this state park back in 2008  The resulting change was significant. Now so many less beach spots over 150 before the storm and now less than 40 on the beach side. The bay side is still nice, and you are welcome to cross over. It would be nice to have septic at site, the park does have a dump station. It would be nice to have a bathroom closer,  but still had one in walking distance. (There are eight of us).

I took the three younger girls and drove down early on Friday, to beat the traffic thought Houston. The rv ran well, everything went smoothly. I do wonder why drivers of little cars like to cut in front of me like I am not there. We arrived safely. I had reserved our spot months ago to be there to cheer on an aunt in the Ironman triathlon and was only able to get a bay side spot. Which isn't a bad spot, there are nice views of the bay.

We had a nice visit  with Max, who spent most of the day and evening with us. The rest of our crew came and brought Mario's pizza for dinner. Saturday we played at the beach, went to mass and met family and friends at Gaidos for dinner.

Sunday Ironman day. We had so much fun cheering on the athletes biking by the state park.

I caught sight of Mar too late coming by at the 10 mile
But knew to have the camera ready as we cheered her on past the 45 mile mark.
We came back Monday after a wonderful family weekend.

I do have some projects I would like to get get done. I am going to redo rv front curtains, give it a major clean inside and out, maybe convine Nick to give it a wax job, and steam clean the carpet.

Bay side beach

quick sand bay

Ready, set go!
Hermit crab races
Park entrance to Gulf side beach

special time with sisters

I always dreamed of visiting Lake Como...
Kayak and wake board water trail

full service kitchen

we always eat well on these trips

Ready for next adventure

1 comment:

  1. Mary,
    I was so touched by you and the kids being in Galveston and cheering us all on! I didn't realize it was you until I was a few minutes down the road and then it clicked!
    Thanks so much for being there and making signs and supporting the athletes! It means so much!