Weekend getaway

My knee still has a little twinge of an ache on the side/back when I bend it a certain way, but it seems to be on its way to a full recovery. I still have not run since the injury two weeks ago, but I think this week I will venture into a brisk walk and see how it feels afterward.

With no running and therefore no races, we planned a little weekend getaway that had nothing to do with me running a marathon. And it was very nice to go somewhere for the first time in a long time with no obligation to run 26+ miles. When we went to Galveston in February for me to run a marathon, we were there for literally less than 24 hours. We got to the island around 5 p.m. that Saturday, my race was Sunday morning, and we were on our way home by 2 p.m. Sunday afternoon. It was a very abbreviated trip and we didn’t really get to experience anything, so we decided to go back this weekend now that summer weather is here and it’s just a three-hour drive away.

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It was still a short trip, but with no marathon scheduled, we actually got to enjoy it and just relax. We arrived around lunchtime on Saturday and had a nice waterfront lunch at Olympia Grill at Pier 21. They were still serving brunch so I decided to try something new – the Crab Cake Benedict, which was egg’s benedict on crabcakes along with potatoes and toast. It was very good!

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After lunch, we ventured into the downtown area where a Corvette car show was taking place. I had wanted to check out this antique/gift shop called Hendley’s, and there I became enthralled looking through old post cards. Some were still blank but a lot had been written on and mailed.

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There were several from the very early 1900s, which was just fascinating! I love little pieces of history like this. When I found one that had been mailed from New Orleans, I just had to have it.

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The post card depicts the Roosevelt Hotel in NOLA and was sent to someone who worked at Avondale Mills in Birmingham, Alabama, on Aug. 15, 1959. It read: “Dear Ada and all, We arrived safe at 3 p.m. Our room is $16.48 per day so we won’t be here long. This is where we are staying. I hope we have fun. See you soon. Lois and family.”

The Roosevelt Hotel’s current rates for the coming weeks start at $215 a night, for some perspective on that!

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After the gift shop, we headed to the beach and swam for about an hour. That night, we went to dinner at Farley Girls Cafe and then played board games and drank coffee at Board Game Island for a few hours. It was a very nice evening!

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The next day we ate brunch and then went to the Kemah Boardwalk and walked around a little, then got some boba tea. It was very good.

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We headed home after that. It was nice to go on a little trip that wasn’t jam-packed with activities.

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