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Some of my most beloved memories as a young child. are the many family camping trips we used to take. I never thought of it as a let down that we were not in a hotel with a pool, it was so much better. We did not need a pool we would have a River or Lake or The Beach at our front door.
At least a week ahead of time mom would start loading a large wooden box with dry goods, pots, pans and dishes, soap, towels, medicine and whatever else she could conceive that we may need/want for our adventure. The night before our trip dad would pack the car with the musty old green tent, cots, blankets and all our gear. Usually complaining mom had packed too much and it wasn't going to fit, but in the wee hours of the morning we would wake up, pile in (literally, I was sometimes on top of some of the gear) and head off to our camping adventure. Thats right, no fancy RV or pull behind camper for us, my parents told my brother and I that camping in a tent was 'real camping' but I still longed to at least have the convenience of a close and indoor facility.
Admittedly many of these camping adventures were to a favorite TX camping destination, Garner State Park, Garner was a must at least once a Summer we had to tube the Rio Frio River. However, we also got to visit and see lots of other camp grounds, almost always a State or National Park, and mostly always in Texas. I remember dad getting a hot rock out of the fire-pit and wrapping it in a towel so my mom could keep her feet warm at night when camping in The Davis Mountains State Park, canoeing at Inks Lake State Park, hiking the beautiful canyon at Palo Duro State Park and horse back riding at Big Bend Ranch State Park.
We may not have had the RV or pull behind camper and I never thought of camping as not a 'real' vacation, on the contrary those were the vacations I remember the most. Being outdoors with the family, exploring, hiking, fishing, cooking outside, swimming, boating, listening to the Ranger talks learning about the areas and animals and gaining a respect for my environment and deepening my love of Texas.
Galveston Island State Park did not open until 1975 and took a few years to really catch on, so it was not a destination when I was a young, (Im starting to give away my age here). However it did become a favorite destination of my parents once my brother and I were away from home and they purchased a pull behind 30' Airstream camper. (funny how the definition of camping changed when I left home) My parents also instilled the love of camping in my children at a young age, but it was in the camper so they did not get the full experience in my book.
So if your considering a StayCay this year, maybe up your game a bit to a Stay-Close-Cay and get back to nature with your family at Galveston Island State Park. Rent a camper or do it the old fashioned way in a tent there are also cabins for rent, it's much less expensive than renting a beach house and you have the Beach at your front door! You can Fish, Swim, the kids may like to try Geochaching, or becoming a Jr. Ranger. The park is close enough to make quick runs into Galveston for shopping or dining, and other entertainment like Moody Gardens. Galveston Island State Park is also a TX Aquatic Science Certified Field Site.
Summer is looming in the horizon, we are starting to have some fantastic weather already this year, so you may want to consider camping at Galveston Island State Park, for a quick, inexpensive, and close get away. Camping is a place to relax, disconnect from your daily disruptions and reconnect to family and your surroundings. Makes some lasting memories, its all there waiting for you at Galveston Island State park.
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Galveston real estate is not short on adventure at Moody Gardens. Delve into the ocean and explore the lay of the land underneath the waves in the Aquarium Pyramid. Creatures from the sea make their Galveston home here. State of the art exhibits focus on education and conversation gently reminding visitors that we can all do our part for the well being of Mother Earth.
In the Aquarium Pyramid the oceans flowing around the globe are well represented. Aquatic animals thrive in their exhibits and bring the unique versatility found under the waves to the surface. While wandering this piece of Galveston real estate guests can imagine themselves traveling the world. Honoring the relationship of modernity and the environment the Gulf of Mexico Rig exhibits showcases two-stories of marine wildlife. Aquariums here are expertly displayed in a oil platform setting. Watching jellyfish swirl and float about can be mesmerizing. Hypnotizing experiences are the norm in the Jellyfish Gallery. Everyone loves these little creatures! The beauty found on the shoreline of the Northwest Gulf of Mexico is honored in the Flower Garden Banks display. Hands get wet in touch tanks found in the Mangrove Lagoon. Fingers are tickled by invertebrates and little fishes. A second tank houses Bonnethead Sharks and Cownose Stingrays.
Two species of penguins waddle and frolic with one another in the South Atlantic Penguin Habitat and the newer Humboldt Penguin Habitat boasting both cold and warm climate birds. Fans of the black and white cuties can actually meet them up close with a private animal encounter. The experts share their knowledge with aquarium visitors. Divers interact answering questions while they are immersed in giant tank aquariums. Inquiring minds want to know and the answers are given by staff in the Conservation Lab. Colorful characters have frequented Galveston real estate throughout history. The Aquarium Pyramid honors illustrious pirate Jean Lafitte in the Pirate Shipwreck at the Caribbean Exhibit. This space is filled with a replica of the buccaneer's own 19th Century rum-runner.
The Aquarium Pyramid is open every day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Come explore an underwater wonderland.
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