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Today’s adventure was not anything like I planned it to be. Several things caused delays that prevented or hurried some events I had planned to cover.
Bolivar Peninsula was the location for today’s planned adventure. To get there from Kemah, the closest way is to go through Galveston and take the Bolivar ferry over to Bolivar. In my past life the ferry would back traffic up for hours and vendors would come through the cars peddling all sorts of stuff.
Today the wait was two hours long and no vendors were about. However the powers that be had set up portacans in the esplanade for the waiting families to take care of necessities. The return trip was only an hour of sitting in the hot sun.
The ferries hold a lot of vehicles each, but only two were running. The trip across the Houston Ship Channel takes about twenty minutes and the ferries do not go slow.
The scenery along the way is very historic in places. As you leave Galveston, on your left will be a special park. It was an old quarantine station when I was a child. My dad took us over to it and we walked around looking at the primitive housing. It was like a South Seas movie set. The barracks were on stilts with verandas all around them and screen wire for the top half of the outside walls. Palm trees were in abundance. It would be nice to have some pictures from that time of my life. Now it is a dressed up family park.
The first thing noticed from the ferry is the destroyer escort permanently set in concrete for display. As you go a little farther along the submarine Cavalla becomes visible in its permanent spot. Both of these vessels can be toured and certain groups even have sleepovers in the vessels for kids. It has been many years since I was in either of them and the area around them looks like it has been cleaned up a lot.
Next is the Seawolf Park Pavilion and fishing pier. For a fee you can fish from the pier into around fifty feet deep water. Before the pier was put in, we used to anchor the boat there and catch all sorts of large fish like sharks and stingrays. That was a fun time in my life. In the right back ground you can see the concrete ship.
The concrete ship was the SS Selma. It was one of twelve built by the US government as an experiment. It developed bad leaks and had to be abandoned at that location. It was over 400 feet long. When I had power boats, I have been along side the Selma. Some fishermen used to get out onto the Selma to fish. Once I had the bow of my eighteen foot boat against the sand about midway along the Selma and the depth finder at the stern was reading 38 feet of water depth. That is a steep underwater cliff. It is very close to the ship channel.
Over on Bolivar is sooooo many things to visit that I ran out of time before I got to very much at all. Be forewarned that this report will continue tomorrow with a report on Ft. Travis.
Meanwhile, the Bolivar or North Jetty that protects the Houston Ship Channel can be seen in the next picture. It is the long line of very large granite blocks piled in a scientific manner, that extends way out to sea. It was built in the 1890’s by the Corp of Engineers to protect the ship channel from silting from the alongshore current bring sand and silt into the channel. It extends about five miles out into the Gulf of Mexico. There used to be a paved walking surface that went out two miles. The end of the walking surface has had my presence at night and it feels odd to be that far from land in the dark. Additionally under bad conditions I have seen waves breaking clear over the walking surface. A place where extreme caution is required. In this picture, the low brown strip running left to right is the jetty and it continues on to the right out of sight.
Another point of interest is the Bolivar light house. It was built in 1872 and used until 1933. It was replaced by the light house at the end of the South or Galveston Jetty. (This is a whole other story in itself) Now the Bolivar light house is privately owned. According to records, several times folks have taken shelter in the light house during bad storms and watched the area get blown/washed away. The nominal elevation of this whole place is around three feet to five feet, so storms can really wreck the place.
These topics have good coverage of details when a search of the Internet is done. Copying and pasting the individual information was my first thought. The first pasting came out to seven pages. My decision was to let the reader research any interesting topic on their own. This is blogging not booking and I am at page five now.
So you get to wait until tomorrow for the part of today’s trip to Ft. Travis and the pictures of that adventure and some other things that happened. The pictures from that trip still have to be sorted and gotten ready for publishing. WOW for a messed up time table I certainly came close to having tooooo much fun.TheOFM