(Me and my mom and three of my siblings, Galveston Beach. Aprox 1987)
One of the best things about the island IS actually…the beach. Don’t believe what people tell you…this beach is beautiful and alive and enjoyable. Did you know that the beach has “season’s” ? Not many people see Galveston Beach outside of Summer time…in it’s brownest water season as well as it’s Seaweed season…maybe it’s why people get a a bad impression even though you should know that our brown water is not caused by being dirty but by our jetty’s, the way the water stirs in the Gulf when it hits this little corner (think of a washing machine) as well as being fed by the brown water’s of the Mississippi. However it only takes a very short distance out to hit greener and bluer waters as well as often we don’t get much brown water at all, such as this past summer were it was mostly emerald.
The seaweed on our beaches have their good years and their bad as far as amount of seaweed or “mess” of. This past summer we had ZERO seaweed actually (though reports are the south island’s had an extra large amount.)
Seaweed feeds a lot of the life we have on our island from birds to fish and much more and is a very important part of our eco-system. It even protects the beaches. The best thing to do when there is a high amount of seaweed during your visit that might interfere with your swimming is to:
1. Check out the amazing living creatures in it.
2. Bird watch.
3. See the view from a high point (because it looks like an oil painting)
4. Visit NOAA for a Tour and learn about Turtle’s on the island.
5. Visit and take a kayak tour with Artist Boat and learn about exactly what all this seaweed means up close and personal.
6. Visit Mood Garden’s that will also teach you a lot about the marine life of Galveston.
Past the summer and “Seaweed” Season there is what I call the JellyFish Season, it’s right before the Seaweed and this past year also on the light side (so fascinating is our eco-system, ocean and Earth).
The JellyFish season means that right before summer we tend to get a LOT of Jellyfish on the beach sometimes….the prettiest are the poisonous (so much can be said for that in our life). But many are harmless. However learning about Jellyfish care is probably a good thing just in case. Thankfully we have a lot of lifeguard stands out in and around the season and our beach patrol is pretty awesome. The fun part about Jellyfish season is that it’s still surfable waters as well as exploring the beaches and a cause for many rainbows can be found with our fun little prettiest and most poisonous guy’s who beach. Picture taking opportunities abound around this time (also often a good shell and barnacle collecting season).
There is what us islander’s call the “quiet season” as it’s that most beautiful time of the beach, clean and quiet in October. After the craziness of summer has past, school had begun and the temperature has cooled we can take the most wonderful early morning sunrise or late evening sunset walks and see the best art ever created…and never the same. The colors of the sky over the calm waters are a sight to not miss. This is also when you will see the joggers out with new resolve after the hot summer almost did us in.
But one of my most favorite Season’s of the Beach is the “Fog Season” This is in about February/March though this past year crept a bit into April/May. This is the time when you can take ghostly walks alone on the beach and easily get lost. The fog so thick you can’t see two feet in front of you and it rests upon your sweater in a layer almost like snow. Walking my black dog years ago would always result in an interesting scene. This is a time of quiet and ghost stories galore. A time of solitude at it’s best if you are seeking it. The quiet almost so loud that it rings in your ears. But my most favorite. My most.