Aquariums, Lights and Galveston.

Moody-Gardens-Melanie-SutrathadaI am officially back on the East Coast, darlings! The trek back was a bit epic with a long delay in my flight and having to dig my car out from under two feet of snow (wearing cowboy boots of all things) in below-freezing temperatures. Finally getting back to my apartment and settling in under my big comforter was one of the most lovely moments though. There’s something so wonderful about coming home whether you’ve been gone two weeks or two days. I’ve definitely been missing Texas though, especially after looking through some of the pictures from the trip (which you’ll be seeing more of in the next week).

My favorites are from my New Year’s Eve trip with Joe to Moody Gardens in Galveston, TX. Joe didn’t tell me much about the place other than that he thought I’d love it, and that there was an aquarium and indoor rainforest. As an animal lover, I was pretty excited to say the least. The hour-long drive from Houston was gloomy though and the area around it definitely looked like it had seen better days. Therefore, we weren’t expecting too much. Still, we crossed our fingers and went inside Moody Gardens stopping to look at a board with details of the day’s events. Imagine our surprise when a complete stranger walks up to us and gives us a pair of tickets for essentially everything at Moody Gardens! Suffice it to say that this stranger made our day. Everything seemed to brighten up after that and what we originally thought would be a flop turned out to be one of the best trips we’ve had in a long time. We spent the whole day doing almost everything from making funny faces at fish at the aquarium and getting water sprayed in our faces at Polar Express in 4D to admiring the kissing reindeer at the Festival of Lights. Oh, and we walked away from Moody Gardens with a giant turkey leg the size of my head. That definitely helped (;

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  1. Wonderful photos , thank you for sharing .
    Happy New Year ,

  2. Your pictures from the aquarium are amazing, Mel! I can’t get over how good they look. That’s awesome that you were able to snag free tickets – the adventure looked great! It reminds me of the good old days at Sea World!

  3. I love sea turtles especially. I volunteer and help the babies hatch and reach the ocean sometimes and save the eggs from tropical storms. Did you know that only 1 in 80 actually survive? :(

    • That’s absolutely amazing, Becca! I had no idea that you volunteered with them – yet another thing that makes you wonderful (: Only 1 in 80? That statistic is shocking. Reading that definitely makes me want to volunteer too.

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