Chainsaws and Fibreglass
Trip Start Sep 27, 2010
34Trip End Mar 23, 2011
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At the visitors centre in Kemah the lady in charge told us about the number of oak trees that had been destroyed on Galveston Island and how they have been given a new lease of life because their stumps have been carved by chainsaw artists – yes right up Malc’s street of course! (She also told us how her daughter had gone to England to study and met an English boy and subsequently married him and stayed – a bit like our story in reverse – evidently she wasn’t too keen on this development. That’s where our stories differ!)
To get back to the carvings, we had a leaflet showing the location of the ‘statues’ so we set off to find them, not realising at first that some were in peoples gardens. Anyhow we had a great time walking in the warm sunshine seeking them out. There were a few others on the same mission, though they drove around and some didn’t even leave their cars – they opened the car window and photographed the carvings from the comfort of their cars! … Shame. We thought they were great, what do you think?
The fact that one lady had instigated the idea and not only persuaded the authorities to allow it, but had also persuaded the home owners to foot the bill was laudable. If your home has had nearly 3’ of water in it your priorities may not lie with the remnants of an oak tree that once stood in your garden. Our search took us to streets we had not been down last time but as before we were delighted by the wonderful architecture. It’s a very pretty city. We took the little ferry across to Bolivar Point (about a 20 min ride - free - not like Sandbanks!) and drove along the narrow coastal bar towards Crystal Beach, sounds wonderful doesn’t it? But in truth there is not much there, many of the beach houses have been rebuilt, (remember – that windy guy Ike) but many have not. I can’t imagine what it must be like to loose everything, to have to start again when it’s all been washed/blown away. To be fair we are not here when it looks its best and I’m sure its very popular in the summer.
Before we moved on from our camp ground, we took a drive to Seabrook which lies further around the bay from Kemah. Here we found some pelicans…now pelicans are favourites of mine but these were not quite what you might expect. There are a flock of 30 six-to eight-foot tall painted pelicans roosting throughout the city. The fibreglass sculptures are part of the Pelican Path Project, in honour of the return of brown pelicans to the area. Placed on their perches near local businesses back in 2001 some had been displaced by Ike, but had been found and rescued. "Some floated away during the hurricane but we found every one of them and they are back where they belong," said Domino Taylor, Marketing director director at Seabrook Visitor Information. There were more than we have included in this selection. It was fun discovering them…I suppose there’s a child in all of us.