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A picture perfect day today. Joan and I took the Toad (towed car) up Seawall Boulevard from our RV park toward downtown Galveston. Why is it called seawall boulevard? Well in 1900 a large storm's tidal surge deluged Galveston killing thousands and doing millions of dollars of damage (in terms of human life it is still the worst disaster in US history). In 1901 the Texas legislature approved the building of a seawall for future storm protection. This first section was 3.3 miles long and 17 feet high. It proved it's worth in 1909 and again in 1915, saving lives and property. It has been extended over the years to 10 miles long. The whole city has been raised behind the seawall- buildings jacked up and filled under-got new foundations. The boulevard runs atop the filled area behind the seawall and allows marvelous views to the Gulf.
We headed toward the harbor side of Galveston to see the Ocean Star Drilling Platform that has been turned into a museum.
The fourth type of rig is the bouyant spar which is anchored to the seabed with heavy cables- shown in the bottom of the photo below. There are many variants of each type.
Drilling today is more than punching shafts straight down.
By the time we had seen most of the museum it was 1:30 and we were hungry. Lucky for us there was Joe's Crab Shack right on the waterfront near the museum. Joan had her favorite- the fish and chips while I opted for a crabcake caesar salad- both were excellent. We were seated outside on the 2nd story deck overlooking the harbor.
While eating and watching the harbor we got the idea of taking one of the harbor tours we saw passing the restaurant
In the end, it's not going to matter how many breaths you took, but how many moments took your breath away - shing xiong
Jeff and Joan