Until the end of January that is, when we finally took the road into Fort Travis Seashore Park.
And what a nice surprise of a park.
|A lot of marine traffic comes through here, as Houston is|
the nations second busiest port.
You can also watch the ferry boats from here.
Seriously. The bunkers are still there and the foundations for several buildings. A couple of the buildings remain, one serving as office space for the park maintenance and public restrooms.
And a terrific view of the Gulf as well as the entrance into Galveston harbor and the Houston Ship channel.
|One of the bird blinds overlooking a salt marsh.|
There's a lot of history in all those years....but then, there is a lot of history here on the peninsula that we didn’t know about. Like Jane Long. (The highway on the Peninsula is named for her.) She must have been a formidable woman. (Hmmmm, sounds like I might have material for another post. 😊 On second thought, you can learn more about her at:
|Chris checking on the ship traffic|
And if you’re into watching ship traffic like Chris is, it’s a great spot to watch Galveston and Houston maritime traffic as well monitor the ferry boats.
Yes, Fort Travis is a nice little seaside park, and has rapidly become one of our favorite places here on the Bolivar Peninsula.
|The road into the park is just to the right of these flags|
If you go:
The entrance off the highway is not really well marked, but as you come off the ferry, watch for three flags on the right. It’s the U.S. flag with a Texas flag and a Jane Long flag as well as an obelisk and two historical markers.
Oh, and be sure to take a moment to read the two history plaques that are there. You’ll learn a bit of overall history of the Bolivar Peninsula as well as Jane Long.
|Main gate into the park|
The entrance to Ft. Travis is to the right of the flags and you’ll need to bear left for the entrance gate.
By the way....entrance to the park is free.
|This sign is just inside the park|
|One of the earthwork gun batteries|
|Bird watching is good too. A flock of white pelicans flew by.|
They winter here on the Gulf Coast
|And we had a flock of white ibis fly through as well|
|A blue heron in the salt marsh|
|Jane Long...Mother of Texas is one of her titles.|