Sure, we’ve all heard about the damage to Galveston — from news reports and the sad tales of returning residents. But how’s the place looking to tourists? Lou Minatti took his kids for a visit over the weekend:
The island is in sad shape. But there were some bright spots. The Moody Gardens Aquarium is open, and since there are so few tourists they have greatly reduced the entrance fee. (The Rain Forest Pyramid is closed until further notice.) The kids did get to see a beautiful shrimp trawler up close. They were fascinated.
What struck me most was the fact that all of the trees are dead. All of the beautiful live oaks, planted soon after the 1900 hurricane, are no more. They were killed by the flood of salt water. The only trees to survive are the palms and Norfolk Island pines. My best guess is that every deciduous tree more than 5 blocks from the seawall is dead.
Meanwhile, the Strand
looks like something from a “day after” sci-fi movie. On a nice 82 degree fall day like today Galveston would normally be packed with tourists. But now it’s all shut down and the only noise is the occasional sound from a repair crew. Not a thing is open. Nothing will be open for many months.
More pics here.
- Galveston, November 1, 2008 [Lou Minatti]
Photos: Lou Minatti