We have now parked our home in Dickinson, Texas. The town lies between Houston and Galveston. We were in this area two years ago and have returned because my brother Jared and his wife Sherry live here. We just had to return to Galveston, I have many happy memories from my childhood of times our family spent on that beach. John and I were determined to get in some time yesterday just to walk on the sandy shores of the Gulf, which we did. It was necessary to wear a jacket, but still the sun was warm whenever it did decide to come out. While on the beach we happened upon Pleasure Pier, a recreational area overlooking the beach with amusement rides. During World War II it was a recreational facility for the U.S. military. Hurricanes Carla and Ike destroyed the pier twice since then, this past year it was once again restored. The majority of our day was spent at Moody Gardens, a resort complex featuring beaches, gardens, a convention center and several theaters. Three glass pyramids are the centerpieces of this complex. There is an aquarium, rain forest, and science center in each one of those buildings. In the background of the picture below is one of the pyramids. The gardens currently are decorated with holiday lights. We were at the gardens late in the day, just before the lights were turned on.