Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Moody Gardens - Galveston, Texas

After my appointments today I had a couple of hours so I made a quick trip to Moody Gardens in Galveston.  The area is still recovering from the effects of Ivan.  The hurricane left the island devastated.  The signs of the invasive weather are still evident all over the place.  Moody Gardens was inundated with 14 feet of storm surge.  The pyramids were flooded and lots of destruction took place, based on the photos on exhibit there.  The Gardens are open.  I only had a short time so I limited myself to the rain forest pyramid.  Unlike the last time I visited maybe 5 years ago, the birds, butterflies and monkeys are gone, visiting the zoos in Dallas and Houston, waiting on the rebuilding of the rain forest facility.  The plants were there and appeared to be intact although I was told that a lot of reconstruction was needed to get to where it is today.  This fall the facility will be closed and totally remodeled with a bridge walk overhead.  At the end of that project the exiled will be allowed to return from their temporary homes at the zoos.


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