Miles 8273 – 8369
Brazos Bend State Park to High Island, Texas
After leaving Brazos Bend State Park, I decided to go east around Houston, for one last glimpse of the coast. I stopped in Galveston for an ocean-side meal at Benno’s on the Beach. Lucky for me that it was still too early for oysters, or I would have missed out on the perfectly-prepared softshell crab and hush puppies… mmmmm. I took the car ferry across the bay to the Bolivar Peninsula, and had time to watch the hustle and bustle of the harbor along the way. The pleasure boaters, waverunners, and sightseers seemed to take no notice of the ocean-going freighters and heavy industry, while the commercial fishermen went about their business as though none of the rest of us were there.
The Bolivar Peninsula was a flat, sandy strip of land that was, I am told, significantly more desolate than it was before Hurricane Ike passed through in 2008. It was interesting to see all of the buildings up on stilts, to protect against high waves. While most of them were nondescript cabins, some werejust regular houses! I stopped for a while at the only public beach I could find, though I had to forge my way through a mound of wind-blown sand to get there. I spent an hour or so looking for souvenir seashells along the shore of the Gulf, then I hopped back in the car, turned
inland, and left it behind.