In celebration of the 50-year anniversary of the moon landing, we asked on Facebook: If you were in space for a year, what would you miss most about the upper Texas coast?
I would miss the winter beach after a cold front comes through and the water is clear and sparkles, the wind lays down and the air is fresh. Fifty years ago, my family and friends went to Rockport to a fishing house on stilts my father and friends built. We rented a black-and-white TV and about 20 of us watched the landing sitting on the deck. I remember the awe of the evening.
Julie Harding Lang
I just got back to Texas and had not made it back in two years. This is exactly what I told Pam I missed:
The shoulder of the road is much wider than other states.
There is a special smell of Texas — plants and trees.
I missed Whataburger, Shipley Do-Nuts, real Mexican food and fresh seafood.
Most of all, I missed the people of Texas.
Taking a deep breath of fresh Gulf Coast air.
Can you fish in outer space?
Rex Joy Natividad
I would miss the people and a community that really cares about people. We are unique in that we “do good” every day and rarely talk about our philosophy. We live our values, and I love Galveston for this!
The sight of pelicans floating in formation overhead and, of course, the familiar and comforting sound of seagulls cawing.
Oxygen. And beer.
Taking pics of the moon!
The sound of the waves, the beautiful water, the seagulls and pelicans, all things the five senses can provide about our experience here. And the very hospitable, kind and fun-loving friends.
I would miss everything the Gulf Coast represents, the people, the salty air, the waves, the food, all things wonderful.
Starfish. But seriously, I’d miss the great Earth food and a single-malt Scotch.
The pelicans flying over my house at 6 every evening. My wind chimes tinkling every morning. The salt air and coconut suntan oil you can smell driving down the seawall.
I’d miss the beautiful view of the bay looking out from the front of my home. Also, the wonderful seafood of this area.
My little condo by the sea.
Patricia Forbes Tewksbury
Sound of the ocean, sunsets, seafood and lemon drop martinis!
Whataburger and Rocky Mountain jeans!
Jon W. Booth
Jumbo Gulf shrimp.
The seafood! That and the gorgeous Victorian houses on the East End, the historic downtown architecture.
The sound of the waves and seagulls. Always the same, never too loud — they always make me close my eyes and smell the air. I am at peace.
Seafood, sunrises, sunsets and my beautiful Galveston Island that I am so lucky to call home!
Fried shrimp! Sand between my toes! Sundays at First Presbyterian!
Mandy McGuire Rider
I would miss the Texas beaches and looking out at the Gulf of Mexico the most.