Galveston Tree Sculptures

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On September 13, 2008, Hurricane Ike covered most of Galveston in a tidal surge.  The combination of powerful winds and waves uprooted many of the islands’ trees and led to the eventual demise of thousands of them.  Where many saw destruction and waste, many Galveston homeowners saw an opportunity to transform the tree stumps into signs of rejuvenation.  They enlisted local artists to carve them into symbols of Galveston Island.

"Pod of Dolphins and Mermaid"

This was a privately funded initiative with most of the sculptures found in the East End Historic District but there are several in other areas of the island.  We did a walking tour of among the historic homes which have the bulk of the sculptures and we present the photos of a sample.  And the bonus is that you can also view some of the beautifully restored historic homes.

Palacios, TX

This was a one night stopover for us while driving along the Texas Gulf Coast.  Palacios was possibly named by early shipwreaked Spanish sailors who claimed they saw a vision of three palaces on the shores of the bay.  But this is a popular legend so who knows.  It is midway between Corpus Christi and Houston on Tres Palacios Bay which is a part of Matagorda Bay.

Nice spot by the bay

The town of just over 5,000 people is the third largest shrimping port on the Texas Gulf Coast but has proclaimed itself to be the “shrimp capital of Texas”.  We overnighted at an RV park adjacent to the harbor and we could see the impressive number of shrimping boats for a town of this size.

Next stop:  Galveston, TX

Port Aransas, TX

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Port Aransas is a small town on the north end of Padre Island, just off the coast from Corpus Christi, TX.  Padre Island, the longest barrier island in the world, runs along the Texas gulf coast for about 113 miles, from Brownsville near the border with Mexico to north of Corpus Christi.  We stayed at the Pioneer RV Resort which is on the beach about 3 miles south of Port Aransas.  From the RV park they have a short boardwalk that takes you out onto the sand.  In Texas, the beaches are treated as legal roadways so you can drive out onto the sand.  Periodically there are access points where you can get back onto the more traditional roadways.

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Sonora, TX

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With the objective of getting to San Antonio, we looked at the map and found that Sonora, TX, was more or less mid-way from Fort Stockton.  And, as luck would have it, Sonora is home to the Caverns of Sonora.  Are you sensing a theme here?  So far on this trip we have visited Kartchner Caverns and Carlsbad Caverns.

The Caverns of Sonora is privately owned where Kartchner Caverns is an Arizona state park and Carlsbad Caverns is a National Park.  With only about 3 miles of developed passages, the Caverns of Sonora is not the biggest or deepest cave system, it is impressive nonetheless.

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