JAN/FEB 2022 RV Trip Destination Key West
We’re still in Texas….. it’s really big
Our first stop in the Houston area was for fuel, which turned into an hour and half at amazing Buc-ee’s. I’d been looking forward to this. It’s sorta like a truck stop, but no big trucks allowed. It’s quite an experience. We picked up their beef jerky and pulled pork sandwiches, and stayed clear of the fudge.
Our Harvest Host site was right downtown near the stadium. Equal Parts Brewery provided a nice level field behind the brewery for 5 rigs. We decided to try an Urban setting and we’re right in the heart of Houston. It was different. The staff was very friendly, and we had a nice view of the inner workings. Turns out brewing beer is pretty complex.
We’ve been to Houston many times, mostly for work. We both have friends here. We made a quick stop at Sunstate for David to check in with AJ.
Thanks to my Hertz/Herc/Hirg (??) friend Craig and his wife Mary for a welcome dinner out. We had a nice relaxing visit and proved that we can leave our fiesty dog back at the RV park with so issues for over three hours. We don’t think she barked and howled while we were gone.
It seemed like we circled around downtown Houston several times in the couple of days we were there. Harvest Hosts only allow one night stays, so we spent the second night at the Trader Village RV Park on the Houston Flea Market grounds. It was HUGE, but there was no event in progress so it was pretty quiet.
We were checking the maps, trying to determine how to visit Galveston without too much back tracking and yet another pass around Houston. Well, what do you know? There’s a ferry! And it’s free!!
There are some beautiful buildings and homes on Galveston Island. It’s obvious that all building is done planning for hurricanes and tsunamis. In 1900, a category 4 hurricane ripped through Galveston killing an estimated 6,000 to 8,000 people. The city is less than 9 feet above sea level. It’s pretty obvious that homes are now built to withstand the storm surges. Everything is built on stilts, even the schools and churches. The city was pummeled again by major hurricanes in 1961 and 1983, but they caused much less damage.
This is a vey busy port. They have up to five ferries at a time running back and forth taking travelers on SH87 between Galveston Island and the Bolivar Peninsula.