2 Naked Gnomes and 1 Large Ship!

This weekend me and the Betty Booty got a chance to enjoy a once in a lifetime experience.  We got to board a Spanish boat!  Not just any Spanish boat . . . but a beautiful, historic replica of the 17th Century Spanish Galleon.  The Nao Victoria Foundation designed and developed this ship to create a functioning, traveling museum to share with the world.  Read the information below about this beautiful boat that has sailed over 48,000 nautical miles (dang it . . . it travels more than we do!).

Enjoy a few shots from our angle, Donny Dimples


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El Galeón is in Galveston, Texas as a part of the

“Tour of the Seven Seas” from April 13 – 23rd.

Hours are from 10 am to 7 pm at the Texas Seaport Museum, located at Pier 22, right next to our very own Elissa, which was named in 2005 by the Texas legislature as the “Official Tall Ship of Texas”.  Built in 1877,  it is one of only three 19th-century iron square-riggers in the World that continues to sail.

Tickets are $10 for ages 13 and older, $5 for ages 5-12 and FREE for 4 and under.  Tickets can be purchased by Clicking Here or when you arrive on site in the gift shop.

More information can also be found on El Galeón’s Facebook Page

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El Galeón

17th Century Spanish Galleon Replica. During a period longer than three centuries (16th to 18th), Galleons were the boats that took the lead role in the trade and cultural routes named the Indies fleets. These were the longest routes in length and also lasted longer than any other in navigation history.

El Galeon was built during 2009 to 2010 by the Nao Victoria Foundation. Designed and developed by Ignacio Fernández Vial at the Punta Umbria shipyard (Huelva, Spain), the boat was launched on November 30th, 2009 and then the masts were added at the beginning of 2010. El Galeon has covered more than 48,000 nautical miles between 2010 to 2016 along the world’s largest seas and oceans, visiting ports in four continents and participating in many cultural projects. El Galeon has sailed across the Pacific, Indian and Atlantic oceans, as well as the Mediterranean Sea, the Red Sea, the Southern China Sea, the Aegean Sea, the Bosporus Strait and the Caribbean Sea. So far, visitors have been able to step on her decks in almost hundred ports all over the world.

The Nao Victoria Foundation

The Nao Victoria Foundation is a non-profit entity specializes in promoting and spreading historical events, which are supported by the construction of historical ships (the Nao Victoria and El Galeón) that are sailed throughout the world’s ports. The vessels are a powerful, unique and very attractive marketing and educational platform that have been used successfully to support great world events during the last decade.

Our vessels have taken part in national and international expositions and events with great media exposure and publicity. The added value received includes:

  • Serve as a powerful platform to disseminate and exhibit contents.
  • Function as a great reach beacon.
  • Have unique, innovative elements and a strong appeal both sailing and in-port.
  • Reach prominent presence and impact through domestic and international media
  • Receive exceptionally warm welcoming, plus institutional and diplomatic impact on every port of call.

From El Galeón – Foundación Nao Victoria’s Website

 

Betty Booty and Donny Dimples visit the Galveston Strand

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So I took Betty down to the Strand District in Galveston while Greg and Thomas are working on the BBQ.  I loved playing a game of chess at Saengerfest Park.  These chess piece are LIFESIZE!!  I mean I am a tall guy.  I’m about 14 inches.  Betty is about the same (that is why I won’t let her wear high heels – I don’t want her to tower over me.)  We had so much fun playing chess we kind of felt like that scene in Harry Potter where they are playing chess with the life size pieces.  Thank goodness ours didn’t come to life to try and chop off our heads.

Click here to check out Saengerfest Park

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After that strenuous game of chess I decided that we needed to cool off a little so we went over to La King’s Confectionery.  La Kings is this great soda fountain / ice cream parlor / candy shop and taffy maker that dates back to the 1920’s.  Betty and I shared a shake and then picked up a few sweet treats to take back to the BBQ with us. 06/16/2016

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Click here to check out La King’s Confectionery

Betty Booty and Donny Dimples visit the Albatross Galveston Old Smokey Throwdown IV

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So Greg and Thomas have entered the The Albatross Galveston Old Smokey Throwdown IV as the team “Rub it Dry”.  The rules are that you can only BBQ on an official Old Smokey.  So, I (Donny Dimples) decided to take Betty down to the Throwdown to check out the competition.  As you can see Greg and Thomas are doing a good job.  We were there when they unloaded the pit with their first submission.  The category is “Something on a Stick” and they are submitting their Sticky Boneless Pork Ribs. 07/16/2016

After they finished working on the BBQ I took Betty out for a little bike ride.

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Click here to visit Albatross Galveston

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Betty Booty and Donny Dimples go Surfing

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Well. The happy couple decided to sign up for surf camp with Ohana Surf & Skate in Galveston with my 12 year old. Let’s see how they do.

Well it looks like we need to take a few more lessons.  Looks like we didn’t quite master the skill yet.  I think it is time they took a break and soaked up the sun a little bit.

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Click here to check out Ohana Surf and Skate

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