We plan to spend most of this weekend at Galveston, on the beach. Cold Beer. Fishing rod. Grilling burgers. Music blaring. No one in sight.
That’s what is nice about Texas, there are a ton of people here, but the state is truly massive. So even on Memorial Day weekend, when you go to the beach, there is still plenty of room. My (our) favorite spot is south of Galveston, in Brazoria county. Right past the San Luis Pass, heading into what the map calls ‘Christmas Tree Bay’. You just turn left right onto the beach, literally, just turn left, drive on the sand and then park wherever you want.
You could never do that up north. Going to the beach in Delaware or Maryland is sort of a hassle. First, there are too many people and too little beach. So it’s crowded, and parking is a hassle. Once you do get parked, it’s normally blocks from the beach, so you have to walk all of your shit to the beach.
If you’ve forgotten something, well you better not forget anything. It’s too much of a hassle to get back to the car or house.. Then once you actually get to the beach, you have to find a spot to put everything. If you get there early, you’re fine for a bit. Fine, until a group of forty people set up right next to you and decide they want to play beach football across all of your stuff..
In Texas, and specifically Galveston, it’s not like that. There are probably hundreds of miles of coast here. The water is almost always warm, because it’s the gulf (something that can only be said maybe in late August for the Atlantic). Next, if get away from Galveston proper, where all the tourists like to be on top of each other (presumably because they don’t know better) by driving south, the beach is wide open. We actually drive 20+ miles south to get to our secret spot.
It’s worth the extra few miles too. Not only is the drive beautiful (the Texas Gulf Coast truly is beautiful), but you get to see all of these amazing beach houses built on stilts. Just imagine what those houses have been through – it seems every ten-twenty years Galveston Island is swallowed by the Gulf, only to be spit back up. Want to burn a fire or grill at the beach, go for it. Want to drink on the beach, no worries. Want to camp and stay the nights, absolutely.
Being a native Marylander, it was tough to start admitting this, but Texas truly is awesome. Texans don’t just do the beach right, they do Memorial day right too. I mean most states have flags and banners out. Other places BBQ and remember what the day is all about, sort of. Texans go all out. I mean there are already American flags everywhere here. Just a normal day in Texas would probably trump the patriotism shown in many other parts of the country. But for these big remembrance days, there are flags everywhere.
And it’s not just a few flags, on my way home to work they had flags set out every few feet on everything on my way home, for close to several miles. Then every town around has some parade where local veterans march. Then there are fireworks, and community barbeques, and just about everything you can imagine, but bigger (this IS Texas).
Anyways, lets stop my diatribe, here are the tracks. Also, don’t forget to thank a veteran. And if your military service member didn’t make it back, remember them in a way they would have wanted. Happy Memorial day!