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Jan 17, 2014 - Houston Marathon

We drove back up to Sharon's this weekend to cheer Adam, Peter, and Sharon in running the Houston Marathon. It was Peter's first marathon, Sharon's second one, and Adam's third (or maybe fourth!). Additionally, Sarah flew down to be a cheerleader and to spend time with her nieces and nephews! We met them at mile 13 with our posters and our cheers, and Abby high fived everyone who passed (which made her quite a hit as people love encouragement while running)! Sharon made her goal of running under 5 minutes (4:59 and some seconds!) Adam had a...

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The Circle Continues

Jan 17, 2014 - Final Day at Sea

Our final day aboard the ship was at sea, returning to Houston. The sea was very calm and we are happy to report that none of our happy little band suffered from seasickness at all. Each of the couples pretty much did their own thing that day, but did enjoy dinner together, as usual. Part of the time was spent in packing up and making ready to disembark the ship on Saturday morning. The entire voyage was a good time for everyone. The fun and general harassment of one another kept the laughter going throughout the trip. The food was very...

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Nov 27, 2013 - And The Adventure Begins...

My travels began early yesterday with my arrival at Cherry Capitol Airport just before 7am. After a 6 hour layover I arrived in Houston almost 1 hour late and without luggage. It turns out they sent my bag on an earlier flight, but there's nothing like fretting about lost luggage on a trip like this. Patrick was waiting for me when I arrived and the delay put us in prime time rush hour at 5pm. It took 2 hours and $7 in tolls to reach his hotel on the east side of Houston. We went to a great southern seafood restaurant, Pappadeaux, for good...

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Nov 15, 2013 - Ingrid and Spring Texas

We left Henderson this morning and headed to Spring, Texas which is on the north end of Houston. The drive today was the least impressive for scenery since leaving Alberta, although it was a great day to travel. The only excitement today was when we got into 6 lane traffic as we we're approaching Spring. The Campground we stayed in was Rayford Crossing and RV Resort in the middle of Spring Texas. It was a nice campground and there was some ball fields beside it to walk Trapper in. Jan finally got to see one of her really good friends from...

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Al & Jan on the Road

Nov 1, 2013 - Houston, Tx

Hier nous avons souper au resto du camping où pour $23 on a manger, Agnès et moi, chacun un demi "rack" de "baby back rib" fumés comme il se doit, avec deux "sides" et thé glacé à volonté. Pour dessert on a eu droit de piger dans la citrouille de bonbons. La sauce maison pour moi (plus piquante) et la sauce standard pour Agnès, ça nous a donné un souper extraordinaire. Les ribs fumés sont totalement différentes des ribs bouillis que l'on retrouve au Québec. Ce matin nous sommes parti pour le Northlake RV Resort situé dans le nord de la...

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Open Range

Oct 11, 2013 - Sand Burrs

If you ever encountered sand burrs, you know the pain they give. They are a multi barb ball that sticks to anything, including your skin. Once they have attached to your shoes, socks and pants, the barbs reach and grab your skin. Painful! South Texas is covered with this weed. There is not much else that grows in this area except for mesquite. My brothers Norman and his wife Lallie are traveling with us with their motorhome. About 60 miles from the nearest service station, they encountered a ruptured on one of their air bags. The air bag is...

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Oct 10, 2013 - Houston, TX

Well folks this is the one you have been waiting for! We left San Antonio and had a delightful drive to Houston, wind at our back, better than average mileage, warm but not too hot right up to the last two blocks before the RV Park. Then the wheels came off. Jean and the GPS had a difference of opinion, the GPS said get off at exit 22, Woodall’s Camp Ground Guide said exit 23 so we got off at 23 and that must have pissed the GPS off. It wouldn’t recalculate and started into its make a U-turn as soon as it is safe. When that didn’t work, it...

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Sep 10, 2013 - Outlet shopping...

OK, so this was crazy... Betty, Irene and Sharlene are all hopeless shopaholics. So don't ask me how it happened, but this one slipped through the itinerary some how. So 2.5 hours in the Disney store, and over 3 hours in GAP! + various other stores. Well for a lot of us it was too much! There was even an attempt by someone who shall remain nameless to get the place evacuated! That fire alarm sure does have a loud annoying ring to it! Luckily that was our last store, we headed quickly back to the Salvo Bus that Darvin and Betty had borrowed,...

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Our Grand Adventure.

Sep 9, 2013 - NASA, Houston, Johnson Space Centre

A fantastic day at the Johnson Space Centre in Houston. We all went because Phil wanted to, but much to our surprise it was pretty cool! To be honest I'd say we all misjudged his ability to select an outing, but we are all in his debt for such an incredible day. A great day with some impressive exhibits ranging from early space flights, the Apollo missions, the Shuttle story, and robots being developed for Mars expeditions. They also gave us details of a new space module that is expected to take a crew of four to Mars for a one year stay in...

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Our Grand Adventure.

Aug 28, 2013 - Day 7 at the Convention

This was another full day of speeches and reports, though there were a few highlights. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas spoke...an incredible speech. He didn't address the current national news of potential war; rather, he spoke of our rights and religious freedoms, more specifically the religious freedoms of our military personnel. He spoke from in front of the podium without notes or teleprompter. Only toward the end did he pull a piece of paper from his jacket to read the prayer General Patton said at the Battle of the Bulge. Unfortunately, the...

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Aug 27, 2013 - Day 6 at the Convention

Long day today. We started at the Convention Center at 8 AM, leaving the hotel shortly after 7 AM to catch the bus, then walk some distance to get to the hall where we were meeting. I stopped to get some breakfast at one of the kiosks, then make my way through the magnometers / security since this was the day Vice President Biden was speaking. The opening ceremony was nice. Music was provided by BeBe Winans and the MC was Rita Cosby. There were several high-profile awards to The Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders and the Samsung Corporation. The...

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Aug 26, 2013 - Day 5 at the Convention

Today, which generally is a "down" day, allowed us to sleep in a bit. Nancy took the day to go to the Galleria Mall. I headed to the Convention Center to get some information on media resources, then attended the Past Department Commanders Club luncheon. The luncheon was very nice. Annually, they preset a "Good Guy" Award and this year was to George Foreman. His acceptance speech was AWESOME. I am so glad I got to be there. The food was good too. I spent a bit more time at the Convention Center looking at exhibits, then came back to the...

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