That all changed tonight! And it felt wonderful!
Dare I say normal?
Our life pre-Ike included a lot of date nights in Galveston. We used to love to drive over the causeway, some 25 miles from home, park on the seawall and just walk. Honestly it's been a while since we actually walked on the sand, much preferring the stability of the sidewalk on top of the seawall, enjoying the traffic, the activities at the local establishments that we passed, deciding which restaurant we were going to eat at...well, that was usually a given, our favorite is The Spot. Especially during warmer weather when we could sit outside in their Tiki bar (across the street from the seawall) and have a nice hamburger, or salad and baked potato, occasionally a grilled shrimp dinner...As they say...those were the days my friend, we thought they'd never end (grin).
I think we've eaten there once, maybe twice since Ike, but tonight was the first time we walked the seawall -- and the FIRST time in over a year or more that we walked on the beach.
Galveston, on a good day, isn't the prettiest beach in the world. Some say it's dirty colored sand and they complain of the dark water -- but what they don't realize is Galveston is the end of the line for a lot of streams and rivers so that's why we don't have the crystal clear blue waters you have in the Florida area...Ah, but it's still a beach and it beckons me.
I love the sounds of the seagulls and the sights of the waves -- some days they are good sized, other days they are flat -- just depends upon the weather I guess. I love looking for the tiny seashells, the ones that take hundreds to fill your pocket. As a kid I used to look for the ones with a little hole in them so I could string them into a bracelet or necklace. Now, many shell collections later, I just love to look at them. Occasionally picking up one to remember my special moment, my day at the beach.
Being an island with the bay side to the north and the ocean side to the south, you really don't have the sunset moments like you do in Key West. We also don't have the bagpipe player (sigh) but that doesn't mean we don't have beautiful sunsets, they just aren't over the water. It was still romantic.
After our walk we went to Fish Tales, one of the local restaurants also on the seawall and had our fill of grilled and fried shrimp with a wonderful salad and vegetable melody. We had an ocean view and enjoyed the dusk turning to night as we dined like "we used to". The evening was topped off with sharing a slice of key lime pie!! I dare say it's been well over a year since I've had key lime pie (my first key lime pie was in Key West, so it's a beach thing for me) -- making this a truly wonderful date night!
I didn't have my camera with me, just my cell phone, but I thought it did a pretty good job of recording my special evening with my special someone (grin) So I'm sharing with you a taste of sunset on the seawall....
wishing you beautiful sunsets with the one you love, now and for always