Whenever I would like to think of a happy place, an image of a beach with its pristine, calming, turquoise waters, gentle soothing waves, and powdery, white sands fills my mind. I was in high school when my aunt brought me to this untouched island about 45 minutes from my hometown using a local boat. Everything about it was mesmerizing. The myriad of colorful tropical fishes and beautiful corals were breathtaking. It was my first time to experience saltwater snorkeling and I could feel my heartbeat racing wildly from excitement. Since that first discovery to the wondrous world of the sea, I’ve constantly long for it. The best ones that I had been to where from the Islands of my birth but now that I’m in Texas, I discovered several stunning beaches such as the one at South Padre Island, Galveston Island, Surfside Beach, Quintana Beach and Kemah.
Today, the beckoning of the sea has called me once more. It was already late in the afternoon but the yearning was too strong to ignore. I asked my wife if we could all go to Galveston Island on the coastline of Texas about 40 miles south of Houston. She said yes . Galveston Island offers 32 miles of appealing, sun-drenched beaches and one of our favorite spot is along the Seawall , where you can find several fishing piers and 15 rock jetties . We usually stay near the 15th street which is close to the famous San Luis Resort. Our other favorite place is at the west end of the island called Galveston State Park, a 2,013.1 acre site made open to the public in 1975. I read about it in a magazine 2 years ago, did some research and the rest is history. We go to the park for swimming, bird watching, shell collecting, picnicking, sand castle making and for basking under the warm Texan sun. Last year, we spotted some surfers teaching young kids how to surf. It was really cool to see them ride their first wave.
We left the house about 07:00 p.m. I had to wake up my son from his late nap so we can make it before the sun sets. We arrived in Galveston’s Seawall by 07:45 p.m. and had less than an hour to enjoy daylight. Short it may seem , we still had a lot of fun. My son kept running back and forth, trying to break the waves. I could tell that he was very happy based from his endless laughter and giggles.
The most memorable part of that day was finding a mother Blue Crab and her baby. My wife saw them being washed to the shore. My 5-year old son was so excited to see the baby crab being protected by its mom. He kept saying, “it’s so cute, it’s so cute.” After watching them for a while and several pictures later, I told my son that it’s time for the mother crab and her baby to go home. He sadly said goodbye . We watched them being pulled back towards the sea by the current until they disappear from our sight.
We decided to eat dinner at Landry’s noted for their fresh and delicious seafood. My son had clam chowder soup while me and my wife shared the Broiled Seafood Platter. For appetizer we had Fried Calamari dipped in marinara sauce and for dessert, we had the signature Banana Foster . My son looked awed while the woman was showing us the fake dessert sampler glued on a plate as she held it perpendicular to the table.While waiting for our food, we were admiring the view of the gulf of Mexico at night.
After dinner, we sat by the bench just outside the restaurant. We talked about the good things we saw and experienced that day . The cool, fragrant breeze felt nice and comforting. Finally, it was time to head home. I’m grateful that I had the chance to be reunited with the sea and had my longings rekindled.I know in my heart that our path will cross once more, hopefully soon.
Thank you for sharing your day reading this post. I wish you all a fun, adventurous and memorable Summer. This season has just started and I know that all of us will have more stories to tell in the days to follow. I would be more than happy to read them.
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