Now that school is out and summer is here, I am trying to get down to some serious relaxing and enjoying life! Recently, my brother and his lovely wife were here visiting us from their home in Hawaii. ( I know, we should be visiting them right! ) For a fun excursion, my husband and I took them for a day at the Kemah Boardwalk.
Kemah was once a sleepy, little fishing town where Galveston Bay and Clear Lake merge. I remember as a child going to Jimmie Walker’s or the Flying Dutchman for a delicious seafood dinner and to watch the boats come in and out of the harbor.
Some would have called it a “dive” in those days, but we loved being close to the water and getting to watch the sailboats and trawlers cruising in and out of the harbor on their Sunday jaunt.
Later on, my dad, who was an avid boater, would keep his boat at Lakewood Yacht Club and we would be the ones on the boat waving to the onlookers as we gloriously breezed through the harbor.
Then, one day, Landry’s Restaurants bought the property and it became the infamous Kemah Boardwalk that it is today, filled with numerous restaurants, a ferris wheel, rides galore, shops, and a boutique hotel! You know, they paved paradise and put up a parking lot!
Well, that’s enough of my ramblings! Seriously, it really is a great spot to send the day!
We enjoyed an amazing brunch at the fabulous Cadillac Bar where we were able to sit and gaze over the harbor and wave to passing boats. We then boarded the FantSea Yacht for a cruise through the harbor and Clear Lake. Many beautiful homes and marinas line the shores of Clear Lake and it is quite a sight to see. It is also fun to visit the many shops, ride the train or any of the other fun rides at the amusement park.
For me, I enjoyed just being near the water again and having a chance to reminisce about days gone by when we would anchor out in the lake, swim by the boat, and then picnic off the back of the boat! I was also glad to get to visit with my brother and his wife. We don’t get to see them near often enough!
You never know, maybe next time we will get to visit them at their home on the lovely island of Oahu! When this happens I’ll be sure to send you a picture!
Aloha for now!