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Adventure on Wheels!

RV-ing the National Parks
By Michael & Kelly Moad
If you’ve ever dreamt of hitting the open road and exploring America’s natural wonders, RVing through the national parks is your golden ticket. Let’s start where it all began: Yellowstone. Established in 1872, Yellowstone was the world’s first national park, and it’s still a

A Turtle and a Duck Walk Into a Bar

“Sorry, we don’t serve reptiles,” the bartender quacks.
By J. Lee Austin
Maybe I’m silly but at least I’m not crazy, my mother had me tested. As I write today, it is my 46th Father’s Day and while all my kids are all grown up and far away, their long distance wishes are making me so proud I wanna cry. But I won’t because I’m a big tough guy. All kidding

Summer Solstice, June 20

The summer solstice, marking the longest day of the year, is a celestial event that ushers in the joyous season of summer. As the sun reaches its highest point in the sky, it bathes the Earth with its warm and abundant energy. People around the world gather to celebrate this day, honoring ancient traditions and embracing the beauty of nature. From ancient Stonehenge rituals to modern-day


By Linda Elissalde
George Strong told his friends that turning 87 on Saturday, June 8, 2024 was not a special age. However, he reckoned without his family and friends thinking George is special at any age. His sister Sharry and Crystal Beach neighbor Nanette Gans decided that George needed a birthday surprise. Nanette included me

Magana Family Honored at Fort Bend County Fair

One of Crystal Beach’s very own is part of this honor – Sharon Magana McCurdy
It’s a family affair. The Fort Bend County Fair and Rodeo’s 2024 Fair honorees will be the Magana Family. Family patriarch Sam Magana and his 8 adult children, Sammy, Roland, Wallace, Melinda, Ricky, Sandra, Sharon, and Barbara have long supported the

Full Moon Party on the Beach

It’s Jerry Diaz’s annual Full Moon Party at Crystal Beach! It happens Friday, June 28, 2024 at “The Washout” (some call it the “Slew”), located between barrel markers 67 & 68, right on the beach! You’ll hear live music beginning at 6pm, and Jerry Diaz & The Reef will play from approximately 8pm-9:30pm. This is a FREE party, thanks to our wonderful sponsors. There will be MANY more announced

Firecracker Shootout

This is a tournament like we have never had at The Ranch. The format will be a two-man scramble where players can choose who they play with or just show up and be paired with another golfer. Players will hit the course playing with another team and keeping each other’s score. At the end of nine holes everyone will come back to clubhouse for lunch and to get their handicap. Then everyone will

Strawberry Moon

The solstice full moon of June 21 will be a sight to behold! Known as the Strawberry Moon, it will be low in the sky, just above the horizon, casting a mesmerizing golden color. Because the moon is so low, it will appear bigger than ever. “On the evening of June 21 — just after sunset — look towards the southeast to watch the full moon rise gently above the horizon,” the Old

Recreational Boating Safety – The 2126 Club

Bob CurrieBy Bob Currie, Recreational Boating Safety Specialist
U. S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Station Galveston Flotilla
You may be reading this if you are a member of the 2126 Club, whose members were seriously injured in a recreational boating accident in 2023. If you are a member of the 564 Club, then you are not reading this because you are dead. To be a member of the 564 Club one must

Captain Jeff Brandon Fishing Report, 6-18-24

Captain Jeff Brandon Fishing ReportBy Captain Jeff Brandon
Surface water temperature 85 degrees in East Galveston Bay. As in previous weeks, the Water clarity is still stirred up more than usual with all the freshwater entering the bay system from the heavy rains up above us. We are still finding good numbers of solid trout on the protected Shorelines over shell pockets, in areas with better

Final 2023 Split/Half Payment Due July 1st

The second half of the split or half payment installment for 2023 property taxes is due July 1st. This is also the deadline to apply for a payment agreement on any 2023 unpaid property taxes in order to avoid 15% to 20% attorney fees from being added to past due accounts. Avoid hefty penalty and interest and make those payments on time or contact our office to discuss your options. Direct

Bring your Pennies!

By Georgia Osten
It’s been a long time, but one of the Gals decided to throw a much-needed Mexican Train extravaganza. A Friday evening gathering, but ironically everyone was ready and willing. Like I said, it’s been a long time, so we were excited. I went to work on a spreadsheet knowing there were going to be 6 of us. Vicky told me everything was covered

Upcoming Events

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Thursday, June 20
Galveston Parks Public Workshop

Friday, June 28
Jerry Diaz' Full Moon Party

Satirday, July 6
Firecracker Shootout

Saturday, August 10
10th Annual Hardheads Bolivar Rig Run

Preparing for an Active 2024 Hurricane Season

What Texas Residents Need to Know
As the 2024 hurricane season approaches, meteorologists are forecasting an active period, with projections indicating above-average storm activity. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has predicted between 14 to 21 named storms, of which 6 to 11 could become hurricanes. Among these, 3 to 6

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