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May 11, 2013 - May 11, 2013 – Houston, Texas

May 11, 2013 – Houston, Texas Today was a fun day. It started with seeing the gigantic heads of presidents and 36’ tall Beatles. Also located at the site is a We Heart Houston sign. They are located at the workshop of David Adickes. The presidential heads range in size from 16’ to 20’ tall. They were cast for 2 theme parks – one in South Dakota and one in Virginia. Those have since closed, and the heads are now back at his workshop. Currently, there are 4 heads on display along I45. They are George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Sam Houston...

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May 10, 2013 - Rain Rain Go Away

Rained all night and much of this morning. Not used to such weather. This morning we visited the Johnson Space Center and found a lot of loud kids, many with parents who need parenting training. I found it necessary to remove my hearing aids in order that what little hearing I have left be preserved. One little loud mouth sat behind us on the tram and made it a reward when a thunderstorm caused the tour to be cancelled. We were able to see the actual mission control room that served all of the Gemini and Apollo missions. That was history we...

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The Gypsy Whaylands

Apr 22, 2013 - Nothing much

Houston, TX. First we ran a bunch of errands such as getting gas, shopping for books at some thrift store, and getting some supplies. Then we went SHOPPING. We had been intrigued by signs we saw for a store called Rooms To Go, so we went. They sell whole rooms of furniture and have showrooms in Florida, Tennessee, Texas, and North Carolina. We were most impressed by the Princess room. Wow! Then we went shopping at IKEA. We went in with absolutely no need to buy anything and came out with several purchases. Go figure. We finished off the day...

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Remember the Alamo

Apr 21, 2013 - A little culture

Houston, TX. Today we went to the Museum District in downtown Houston where we expected to get some culture by visiting the Museum of Natural History, the Japanese Gardens, the Houston Zoo and whatever else we could find. Instead, we spent the entire day at the Houston Zoo. It was a super nice day and is a very nice zoo with friendly docents. Unbeknownst to us, this was the zoo's celebration of Earth Day and they had lots of activities in addition to the normal zoo displays. Every parking lot was full and there were people everywhere in...

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Remember the Alamo

Apr 20, 2013 - The joy of friends

Houston, TX. Jim was delighted to discover the Jim's Restaurant chain and felt rather smug to have his name so boldly utilized. Checking on line, we learned Jim's Restaurants was started in 1947 and is quite well known in San Antonio. They are known for their breakfasts and their charburgers. Then we hit the road for Houston. On the way we discovered a statue of a winged golden man pulled in a golden chariot by over a half-dozen golden horses. Turns out it is actually tarnished bronze and is valued at $600,000. All one has to do is find...

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Remember the Alamo

Apr 20, 2013 - Houston, Texas

4/20 By 7:00 AM the house was closed up, our bags were in the Jeep, and we had departed for Phoenix. We left the Jeep in a long-term parking lot and took their shuttle to the airport for a morning flight to Houston, Texas. The Red Roof Inn shuttle picked us up at the airport and brought us to our room-for-the-night. We had dinner at the Chinese restaurant next door. Later in this journal we will discuss how American Chinese food compares to the real thing.

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Apr 16, 2013 - Arrived at the Job Site

After two full days on the road we pulled onto the job site Friday afternoon. Although we had driven through Houston in December, it is still overwhelming. Thankfully 10 West was painted on each lane. The GPS doesn't sort out the spaghetti of lanes going multiple directions. We're parked on the asphalt. That will add a few degrees to the hot, humid Houston weather.

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Apr 13, 2013 - Hobby International Airport

We got up really early this morning at 3. Jerry and Jared had a very early flight in Houston. It was at Hobby International Airport this time. We dropped them off and drove back home with a sad heart. We miss them so much. We all had a wonderful time together and that's what counts. Wonderful memories were made but our RV feels really empty right now. :-( On the way back the sun was coming up so I took some nice sunrise pictures. We also saw a lot of cool shrimp boats from the ferry ride back to the Bolivar Peninsula, I snapped a few...

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Apr 9, 2013 - Jerry & Jared Arrive!

We drove to Houston today and picked up two of our favorite boys, our son and oldest grandson. Yippee....let the fun begin. :-) They will be staying with us for the next five days. We plan to do a lot of fishing while they are here. Jared is incredibly blessed when it comes to fishing. We can stand right next to him and he catches one after another while we might get one each. We can’t wait to see who catches the most this trip. We took them on a quickie drive through Galveston and back to Bolivar on the Galveston Ferry. We had a great...

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Apr 8, 2013 - Day 5 & 6

Day 3. We met Lynn & Ernie Prochaska for brunch at the Cadillac Bar featuring everything including wonderful Tex/Mex. Such a great time catching up again after more than 13 years as well as a fantastic brunch. www.cadillacbar.com. Left immediately afterwards for Austin, passing by fields of wild flowers and blue bonnets with people stopping by the side of the Highway to take photos (kids sitting in fields of blue bonnets was a favorite!). Took a short side trip to Chappell Hill, a quaint old Texas town with wonderful old buildings and...

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Mar 13, 2013 - Our last leg - Houston

Well we are back on North American soil … we arrived early into Houston at 4:45 am. Should make for a long day. After coffee at the airport and breakfast down the road at the Waffle House, yes we are in the US of A, we head out to Jan & Rich’s about an hour away and get lost in the last 2 blocks but manage to get directions to the one road we missed. A bit of a lazy day just catching up with Jan and when Rich gets home we head to Keepers, a local Japanese restaurant for happy hour, tempura and sushi. We are joined by Rob (Jan’s son) and his...

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South America 2013

Mar 6, 2013 - Mutton Bustin & Carnival

We drove back to Houston again today, this time for the "Mutton Bustin" part of the rodeo and the carnival. It was cool watching 8 year olds try to stay on bucking sheep for 8 seconds, most of them fell off as soon as they passed the gate. I tried to get good pictures but it was all a blur, they came out and fell off in seconds. The place was packed and we could not even find a seat, we stood where the sheep were fenced and one of them kept coming up to me to have his head rubbed. He sure seemed much calmer and sweeter than the ones the...

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