Last month, I drove down to Lake Jackson to do a Halloween Mad Science event at the mall there, and I couldn’t possibly justify not going to the beach while I was at it! Now, as some of you probably know, there are a good number of options in the area, but I wound up going to Bryan and Quintana because it’s the drive with the best signage (I didn’t need a map to get there, and I didn’t have to ask directions). Now, I have no idea what part of the beach is Bryan and what part is Quintana. The signs sit on opposite sides of the sand road leading onto the beach highway:
Basically, insert road here. These signs are even angled so that they sort of face each other. Anyhow, it was a spectacularly beautiful day! I found a remarkable number of beautiful shell treasures, none of which I took home (I was in the middle of a move, and when I’m moving I have a pretty strong aversion to the acquisition of things, even if they are small things), and I saw a really amazing array of birds.
Seashells galore! (E.G.D.)
So many nice shells! (E.G.D.)
I saw plovers, pelicans, and a family of seagulls that included chicks! At least they looked a lot like the seagulls in coloring, and they were hanging out with the adult gulls. What do you think?
Baby Gulls? (photo by E.G.D.)
Whatever they were, they were super-cute! Anyway, aside from shells and birds, I came across a good many people picnicking, fishing, using metal detectors, walking dogs, and swimming, and I also came across a very clever and enterprising ice cream truck. Here in Texas, a lot of our beaches are actually designated highways, so this system actually works:
Ice cream at the beach, anyone? (photo by E.G.D.)
I didn’t wind up buying anything, but I was amused. In all, it was a really delightful walk, and I certainly get the impression that everyone on the beach that day was having a really wonderful time.
Fun times! (E.G.D.)
Right before I left for home, the shadows were getting long, and I got artsy with my camera. I’m not going to insert a slide show here (though I probably could! I got a whole series of seriously artsy shots), but for fun, here’s an interesting shot of a buried driftwood branch/log. Aaaaaaaaaand that’s the story of my most recent trip to Bryan/Quintana. Fun, right? It’s a lovely beach, and I recommend it to anyone, but bear in mind that there are no restroom or shower facilities, and there didn’t appear to be a lifeguard on duty. On the other hand, there was ice cream! If you’re going to have to choose your amenities, that might be the better way to go on a hot day. Have a great and beachy holiday weekend, everyone! Thanksgiving, not Halloween. Better late than never- E.G.D.