Summer Adventure number 8: The Sun-kissed Beach Of Galveston Island State Park
The beach always holds a special place in my heart. For some reason, being near to it makes me feel that I’m close to home. It brings about wonderful memories as comforting as the gentle waves caressing my feet.
Every Summer for the past 3 years, my family and I would visit the Galveston Island State Park, a coastal gem at the west end of the island. The pristine beach offers solace from the hectic city life. Last Sunday, my son and I revisited the beach side of the park. We had a great time swimming, playing and making sand castles.
It was a perfect sunny day for the beach. The clouds were so blue with huge , pure white puffy clouds. I woke up with a headache that morning and forgot to take some Tylenol before we left the house. I thought the caffeine from the newly brewed coffee will cure it but I was wrong. I still felt some throbbing pain on my forehead just before we arrived in Galveston.
As soon as we hit the Seawall turning west towards the park, the sight of the sea and smell of the sea breeze seems to have some healing properties. Like the waves that greets the shores, my headache drifted away. My son was staring at the waters, pointing to the Pelicans resting on the Pier’s worn out deck. He didn’t notice I was staring at him from a rear view mirror. He had this big smile on his face.
We had to pass by the visitor’s center first before heading to the beach. I gave my son 5 dollars for the entrance fee. He gave it shyly to the park’s caretaker. He took some brochures before exiting the door. He knows Summer isn’t over yet. He asked me, ” dad, can we go next to this one?” as he pointed to a picture of salt water fishes inside an aquarium. I replied, ” We’ll see.”
As soon as we parked our car, my son was all ready to jump and head for the beach. I reminded him that we still have to put some sunblock and make sure that we had all the things we needed including our breakfast.
My son saw a couple of kids playing with their colorful buckets. They would fill them up with both sand and sea water. He tugged my arm and whispered, ” can you ask their mom if I can play with them?” I was surprised by his request. Normally, he initiates the conversation when he meets new friends but today he was being shy. Anyway, I spoke to the mom who was more than happy that he plays with her children.
I sat on our red folding chair while I watched him play excitedly with the other kids. For some reason I kept staring at the bright-colored buckets. Some full of water, others halfway filled , while others fully empty. They reminded of my childhood bucket of memories.
For as long as I can remember, a lot of my happy memories involves the beach. When I was about 6-7 years old, my parents would bring the family for a barbecue picnic at the beach during weekends. Back in those days we don’t have fancy floating devices so we improvised. We would use the cover of the styrofoam coolers as our body boards and the inflated inner lining of the truck’s rubber tire as our float tubes. It was always a fun time for everyone.
I could hear my son calling another boy to play frisbee with him. My son’s laughter was as crisp and clear as the skies above me.
I had to get out of my chair and join my son with the other kids. They were heading towards the deeper waters. They discovered how fun it was to play with the waves. They would jump as the wave comes their way. Sometimes my son gets toppled down and I would pick him up quickly. He was having a blast. We were having a blast!
I heard my son telling me from a distance, ” Dad, I’m hungry. Where’s the food?” I kept looking inside the bag and I can’t find any. I didn’t realize my wife placed it inside a separate paper bag. I told him I left it the car and that we had to go back and get it. He said, ” dad, you’re in trouble.” I replied, ” well, I didn’t know. Come on, we need to go back.” He answered back confidently, ” you can leave me here. I can wait.” I looked at him seriously and said, “No, you can’t. You’re coming with me.” He did look tired and hungry so I carried him on my shoulders.
We had some delicious cheese croissant with sweet mangoes for our “brunch.” We were so hungry that we finished every bit of whatever was in our picnic bag.
Before going home, we went to the RV Camping site, I saw a couple playing cards inside a covered picnic cubicle. Wish I can do something like that one day. See the best parks and beaches in America in an RV.
Another Summer Adventure has passed. Can’t wait for the rest of the many exciting adventures to happen.
Wishing everyone the most fun and memorable of Summer adventures. What is your Summer adventure Story?
- Gone fishing in Galveston! (goodbyehouston.wordpress.com)
- An incredibly brief history of Galveston Island (quirkydirt.wordpress.com)
- Galveston named one of Gulf Coast’s best beaches (click2houston.com)
- Travel Channel names Gulf Shores, Orange Beach in top 5 ‘Best Gulf Coast Beaches’ list (al.com)
- In Galveston, Texas: Checking Into Hotel Galvez Before Boarding Disney Magic (avidcruiser.com)
- Galveston-mecca for Fun (otrwjam.wordpress.com)