I’ve written before about being a morning person and the fact that my husband isn’t, but we have a rythym worked out. My sister, on the other hand, is also a morning person and so on Sunday when we were in Galveston and both awake at 4:45 a.m., it made sense to get up. The IHOP on Seawall Boulevard is open 24 hours a day and it was an easy walk from the Holiday Inn. It also wasn’t what one would call crowded at the time we arrived and we sat by the window where we could gauge the sunrise.
Parts of the sky were turning pink when we finished and we went across the street as we had the evening before, but for the sunrise instead of the sunset. There were actually a number of joggers and dog walkers out and it was a beautiful sight as the pink-gold sun seemed to emerge from the bay.
We set back out for Houston and took a different route, stopping in a small seaside theme park at Kemah. It’s an old boardwalk design mixed with a couple of large restaurants and some nice rides all at the edge of the water, and then a number of cute shops on the approach to the water. There was a Starbucks of course and we sipped and strolled, watching brown pelicans, seagulls, and other birds along the shore.
One more stop at a Marshall’s for a little shopping, then back to the house to get caught up on email and then lazed away the afternoon watching “War Horse” and a couple of episodes of “Without a Trace”. Dinner was at a Saltgrass Steakhouse, a chain that we all enjoy. It’s good food in an utterly Texas ambience and they serve a delicious beer bread. We topped the evening off with watching the original “Miracle on 34th Street”. That was hardly my brother-in-law’s choice when he came downstairs to see what we were up to, but he indulged us knowing that we early birds would go to bed soon and he could switch to whatever he wanted to.
It was a pleasant last day and we’ll see what next year brings.