Our Story

Welcome to our site! We are Joanne & Steve. After 20+ years working for a city school department and police department, we sold almost everything, bought an RV, and started living on the road with our three children. Joanne homeschools and works online.
What we have chosen is to live life as unencumbered as we possibly can and to spend time with our family, for our family, and as a family.
This website is a record of our travels. But, we also hope to educate, entertain, and inform others about RVing, roadschooling, and the great places we visit in this country.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

A SeaWall Walk From 25th to 53rd Streets

The other day, I enjoyed a 3 mile, solo walk along the Sea Wall the other day.  Steve dropped me off to snap some photos while he shopped with the kids, and picked me up when he was done.  

This area has gone through many transformations over the years, beginning with the 1900 hurricane that devastated the island, killing over 6000, people and causing the building of the seawall.  After Hurricane Ike in 2008, and more damage, the Seawall of Galveston has been rejuvenated and continues to be built up again.

Opened in Summer of 2012 on the site where the original Pleasure Pier stood, built in 1943
and destroyed during Hurricane Carla in 1961.

Pleasure Pier at 25th Street and Seawall.

New benches with a new Pleasure Pier.  Tiles designed by local school children.

Galveston history and biology combined with places to rest.

A walk out on the breakwater.

The Laughing Gull

Fort Crockett, just west of 45th Street

Dolphin Sculpture on Seawall
Where what was once a wide open space with a single palm tree, is now a grove of 28 palm trees and a grand fabric structure with tables and spectacular views. 
Fort Crockett
Fort Crockett

Fort Crockett, across the street and part of the seawall, was a military reservation built in 1897.  After the 1900 hurricane, the fort was not garrisoned again until 1922.  During 1941 - 1946, German prisoners-of-war were interned at the post.  After WWII, the post became a recreational facility fro active and reserve military and their families.
In 1955, the post was considered surplus and began to be dismantled.

1900 Storm Memorial
Erected in 2000, this bronze statue sculpted by David Moore is in memory of the over 6000 Galvestonians killed in the 1900 Hurricane.

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