Return to Galveston, Texas – February 22nd to March 3rd, 2017

My niece invited me back to Galveston to go to Mardi Gras. I was curious to see how it compares to New Orleans so I went. This time I stayed at the Stella Mare RV Resort. This isn’t right on the beach so hopefully won’t have too many wind issues like I did at Dellanera.

So I got to Galveston before Candace got back from Florida. So the first day I went to Seawolf Park and looked at the Submarine.

Not sure I could live in a submarine and be under water for that long. But fortunately I don’t have to. Thank you to all the veterans who have served our country over the years so that I don’t have to.

The next day I went to the Moody Gardens. I ended up just going to the Rainforest exhibit. The main reason is they were remodeling the Aquarium and it was closed.

This is the Corpse flower in it’s tree stage. I saw a corpse flower in bloom last year.

On Friday night I had bought balcony passes for my niece and I to watch the parade from above. This is similar to what my Uncle Doug did for me when I went to Mardi Gras in New Orleans the first year. This was also to be a meet and greet for Stoney LaRue. Which I completely spaced. We were enjoying things out on the balcony that when Candace asked me what people were lining up for I had completely forgotten. When we went down to the band stage she knew his music. I hadn’t heard it before but it’s been a while since I reliably listened to country music.

Now Galveston Mardi Gras is a little different. They block off the area around the Strand and you have to have a ticket to get in. That is the only way you can see the majority of the parades on Friday and Saturday. There are two exceptions. The first being the parade that goes down the Sea Wall.

The second exception is the Krew of Momus parade. This is on Saturday night. Got just as many beads as I would have in New Orleans. Overall I think this is a more family friendly event than New Orleans. But then you don’t have the influences of Bourbon street. The first night on the Strand is the only time we saw anyone flashing to try and get beads and they were people that you really wished had kept their top on.

The Krewe of Momus parade is as close to a New Orleans Krewe parade as you are going to get. I think some of the floats are built by Blaine Kern’s Mardi Gras World. I thank my niece for inviting me down. It’s been a lot of fun. She and I were a little disturbed by the 12 to 14 year old girls twerking during the middle of the parade but it is a different part of the country than were we are from.

She was also nice enough to take me down to see her Fire Worms at the University of Texas A & M Galveston. Beautiful school.

We also went out to eat at least four times. Lunch at the Galveston fishing pier.

Dinner at a Mexican restaurant, the Black Pearl Oyster Bar, and the breakfast at ShyKatz Deli and Bakery.

There was one more parade on Fat Tuesday that I went to.

After this I somehow managed to completely rip out my pants getting back into the truck.

The only other thing I did in Galveston was attended one Rotary meeting.

I was getting ready to leave and continue down the coast when I got sick and started running a fever. Between that and the diarrhea I stayed in Galveston for a few more days than I was planning to. Fortunately, I was able to get on the road in enough time that I made the Rockport Oyster Festival.

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