Saturday, August 16, 2014

Galveston Vacation Day 5

Time to leave had finally arrived, and we decided to do a little sight seeing on the way back rather than just drive straight home. It probably made us a little more tired than we needed to be, but we had a lot of fun on the way.

We left our hotel around 11:30 and decided to grab lunch before making our way over to the San Jacinto Monument. Standing 567.31 feet tall, it commemorates the site of the Battle of San Jacinto, a decisive battle of the Texas Revolution. It was constructed between 1936-1939 and is the world's tallest masonry column. By comparison, the Washington Monument is 555.427 feet tall.  We toured the museum at the base of the monument and then took the elevator up to the observation deck, 489 feet up. 

 Next we drove over to see the Battleship Texas across the street. We decided not to pay to actually walk onto the ship because it was so hot by then, and standing on a large steel structure in the heat is not my idea of fun. So we looked from the sidelines, bought a couple of small souvenirs to support the site, and walked around the grounds for a little bit looking at some of the tombstones in the area.
 We hit the road for Huntsville next so we could stop by the large Sam Houston statue that sits on I-45. Mom never knew you could actually walk up to it and that there was a visitor's center back there. We didn't stay long because everyone was tired, but it was a nice little stop anyway.
 After that it was one more stop for a bite to eat when we hit Corsicana and then on home from there. 9.5 hours later I walked in the door to my house. It was a very long day but a great way to end our vacation week.

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