We asked on Facebook: What are you most thankful for about living on the Texas Coast?
Thirteen-plus knots of warm breeze blowing out of the south, so I can sail out into the bay without using my engine.
– Mike Janota
I’m thankful I can wear shorts and flip-flops nine to 10 months out of the year and that no one looks at me funny for doing it. Also, thankful for fresh flounder in my belly in the fall.
– Taylor Wilson
The great beauty and diversity of wildlife that calls my island their home as well.
– Stephen F. Duncan
Thankful for the beautiful pelicans that soar over the Gulf and the many palm trees that reach high.
– Meresa Prather Fincher
Sunrises and sunsets are better on the coast.
– Robert Flores
Breathing. The smell of the sea is intoxicating. Seeing. The sunrise on the water, the beautiful birds, turtles, butterflies, the blue skies. I never get tired of it. Hearing the call of a bird, the hypnotic crash of the waves. It brings me peace. Feeling the waves wash over my feet and the sand between my toes makes me smile. Tasting all of the amazing fresh Gulf seafood, what could be better? The island awakens my senses, and makes me feel alive. For this, I am thankful.
– Susana Finkel
Since I was a young boy, I’ve been thrilled to drive south to ascend the seawall incline and behold the Gulf. It’s a feeling of escape from the norm and entrance into the gift of nature. Words really can’t describe this feeling that I’ve enjoyed for over 60 years. My bride and I go at every opportunity.
– Bobby Hocking
Fresh seafood and mild winters.
– Kelly Flint
Being stuck in traffic on the seawall in the summer looking at all the pretty girls.
– Tracy Calvert
The cool, fresh air with breathtaking crisp, clear colors of the sun brightening the sky when walking my dog.
– Helen Pausewang
The 40th Thanksgiving Day Turkey Bowl.
– Kathleen M. Tiernan
The Gulf breeze that blows most afternoons here at Haak Winery.
– Gladys Haak
Watching the beautiful explosions of color as the sun sets over Galveston Bay.
– Kim Smith Mytelka
Island living on the third coast, historical preservation and, in general, three seasons with mild winters.
– Lee Branum
Hard-packed sand, flowering dunes and shore birds whose space I try to respect, even as they rise up and fly to another spot I’ll soon violate on my beach walk.
– Holly Thorson
Could have moved anywhere when we lost everything in Hurricane Ike. Realized we couldn’t choose anywhere better than here. Cookie cutter homes in Houston don’t do a thing for me. Ike made me appreciate and realize what we have and take for granted.
– Barbara Pickering
Small island, big-town culture. Relaxed attitude. And let’s not forget the migrating birds and the year-round shorebirds.
– Lisa Wilson Velasquez
The end of another hurricane season.
– Guy Taylor
Fabulous sunrises and sunsets, an ever-changing view of the Gulf, endless summer fun at the beach, and a city full of character.
– Saralyn Jacobson Richard
A beautiful, glassy Gulf with the sun shining down on it, illuminating all of its glory.
– Roxanne Clarke Gonzales