Not All Work…
My 8 weeks away weren’t without some fun. The highlight of my summer was probably my family’s trip to Texas in early July. The best part was when we took my nephews to Galveston Island and let them play on the beach. Being Kansas kids, they’d never seen the ocean before. Though to me the Gulf is just a loogie of an ocean, it was ocean enough for them.
We also visited Old City Cemetery. It is the resting place of early settlers of Texas (residents before Texas was even a state) and the only buried victims of the 1900 Hurricane. Because of the sheer number of fatalities, most were sent out to sea instead of buried. The 1900 hurricane was a category 4 that killed nearly 12,000 people and is still today the 2nd costliest Atlantic hurricane in the US (equivalent of $560 million today). Due to this hurricane, a 17-ft high Seawall was built to help protect Galveston Island from this kind of devastation again.
Galveston Island was hit by Hurricane Ike in September 2008, a category 2 hurricane. Some areas were literally wiped out by the storm surge and roughly 48 people died (but much more were protected by the seawall). I was so surprised to see how quickly they’ve been able to put things back together again. But I guess they’re used to it by now.
Okay, so yes, I’m a bit of a history buff.