Trip to Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge and Surfside Beach

sunny.gifToday was another beautiful sunny day. The minimum temperature was +13C and our maximum temps were +26C.

Today Ståle and Håvard took me down to the gulf coast. The original idea was a national park called Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge in Brazoria County, TX, just west of Galveston Island. This is a park that is normally known for its wonderful wildlife with alligators, incredible amounts of birds, frogs, plants, fish and other wildlife belonging to the marshes and swamps.

Brazoria Wildlife Refugee

Brazoria Wildlife Refugee

Unfortunately due to Hurricane Ike s the end of september a huge part of the normal wildlife had fled the area in search of clean water and food. What we saw (and experienced) most of was mosquitos. They were so hungry they actually knew we were inside the car and they were flying outside the windows in huge swarms hoping that we would invite them in for a meal. It was surreal how many mosquitos there were.

We tried walking outside, but quickly gave that up due to the huge amount of bloodsuckers in the air. We fled into the car again and continued driving around searching for other signs of wildlife. We did see one aligator and lots of birds.

Once done in Brazoria we decided to head down to the coastline to Surfside Beach.

Surfside Beach is one of the areas that were hardest hit when Hurricane Ike hit Texas. The beach is gorgeous, but the damage is visible absolutely everywhere. Roofs blown off the houses, wreckage all over the beach and small pieces of driftwood in the water.

Surfside Beach - Visible damage after Ike. The roof no longer exists.

Surfside Beach – Visible damage after Ike. The roof no longer exists.

On our way back to Houston we drove past the statue of Stephen F. Austin in Angleton. He was known as the father of Texas. The founder. Our drive back home was nice and uneventful. We were hungry as we arrived and we drove to downtown Houston skyline district, where we touristed the historical district and the theater district and the streets of the skyline district before we stopped for a beer at Mollys irish pub. That was a nice break.

By the end of our beer we came to realize that we were hungry and we decided to have dinner before we returned home. We found a Restaurant called Cabo at 419 Travis Street where we had fantastic Mexican dinner at the outside area in the second floor. We were surrounded by zanates – Great-tailed Grackle (Quiscalus mexicanus) filling the air with noise and movement preparing to go to rest for the night.

Back home I ran into Yvonne and Johan in my room and I invited them over for wine and nice company. Cin also stopped by and we had a great time together.

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