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Galveston State Park and Ocean Star museum (drilling rig)


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Our next stop was bringing us back to a beach (at least into a state park on the beach). The park was almost fully booked so the only way to stay there was to book a different site for every night, one at a time. This was the way we did it in Banff, Canada as well when we were there. So each morning we had to move to another site and at the second morning our neighbour laughed after we pulled into the site next to him: he had to move to our former site so if we have asked we could have stayed.

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The park had a very long beach and surprisingly here we did not find any garbage or plastic, only some plants and other natural pieces washed ashore. Very interesting that just a few hundred miles south from here in Mexico we have seen a lot more plastic and other waste. I am not sure if this is due to the currents or because of the better education and higher awareness to the environment around the state park.

Galveston is a nice holiday town and we picked a rather unusual attraction to visit: a retired offshore oil drilling rig. The Ocean Star is now a museum and education center about offshore drilling and while it is more technical we enjoyed the visit.

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You could also go for a harbor tour to watch dolphins and a nice tall ship, ELISSA, which is an 1877 square-rigged iron barque, shipped from a scrapyard in Piraeus Harbor, Greece to Galveston to begin restoration work in 1978.
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Posted by divatmotoros 06:15 Archived in USA

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