Nearly destroyed by wind and killer waves more than 100 years ago, the coastal island of Galveston provides some ... Texas-size fun

Linda & Roger Fasteson
January 19, 2014
posted under TMS 2013 Rockford, IL
We were on an island with gentle breez- es and shimmering water with the lyrics of the 1969 Glen Campbell hit "Galveston" dancing in our heads. We heard the "sea winds blowing" and watched the "sea waves crashing" and "sea birds flying in the sun," all on this Texas island in the Gulf of Mexico.

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