Thursday, March 15, 2007
Found myself waiting for my new work project (need client provided data to begin) and since it was raining cats and dogs which made it a little depressing in the RV I decided to not just sit around the RV but go somewhere. So I decided to go to the Houston (Johnson) Space Center.
The first night I arrived here in Winnie, Texas the couple in the RV next to me told me about this easy way to get to Galveston from Winnie. It is by way of the Port Bolivar and Galveston Ferry. They said they had been going that way for several years now and they never had to wait more than a half an hour or so. Sounded like it would be a better way to go than trying to skirt Houston on the beltway.
Even though there were record breaking rains that day it was a very nice drive by way of High Island and the Port Bolivar and Galveston Ferry. Sure enough I only had to wait about 30 or 40 minutes to get across into Galveston. Galveston looks like a neat little city. Someday when I decide to spend more time in the area I may try to stay somewhere in the area. In fact on the way there I found a nice little RV Park named Bolivar Peninsula RV Park. That would most likely be the place I would like to stay.
After plowing through all the rain, I finally arrived at the Johnson (Houston) Space Center. Once I saw their parking lot, huge and full, I realized I may have not picked the best time to visit. It turns out that this is spring break and there were a ton of kids there. It has been years since I had been around that many kids all excited and vibrating with energy.
The rain was so bad that the tour trams were off more than on and the lines were longer than I was willing to tackle. So I just walked around and looked at the various displays and mockups. Thinking I might be back this way within a year I decided to go ahead and get a membership with the Space Center Houston.
My trip back to Winnie was better because it had finally stopped raining. My wait for the return ferry was only about 10 minutes. So if any one else is looking to bypass Houston, and is coming from the East, you should consider taking the Port Bolivar and Galveston Ferry. The 15 minute ride has a very good view.
On the way back I also stopped and checked out a couple of RV Parks. While chatting with the owner of the "Life of Riley RV Park" he had on his TV set the History Channel and they were profiling dredging barges and one of them was one I had just seen while crossing on the Port Bolivar and Galveston Ferry. It is barge that looks much like a Mississippi River Boat minus the paddle wheels and is a bright red.
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