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Jun 17, 2016 - Houston and going back in time

Easy day of travel, didn't leave till 10 am and only have 3 hours to travel. The back roads of this area are almost like freeways, but you still get to go through all the towns. As we got closer to Houston the road did turn into a freeway and got a lot more traffic. Houston is a huge city, 4th largest in the US, and they are working on half of all the freeways at the same time. The freeway we had to take was packed and going bumper to bumper at 1pm in the afternoon (we discovered that this is the normal condition most of the time, that is...

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To Maine and back

Jun 11, 2016 - Homeward Bound

About an hour and a half away from HOME!! What a trip! We traveled with friends to Washington, toured 14 states, traveled 4500 miles, spent tons of money (ugh), visited family three times, and just had an amazing vacation!! But we are now in Texas, driving through rain, but oh so close to home!! Have missed our Texas family!! Sad to see our adventure end, but our bodies are telling us that home is looking pretty good!! Don't believe full time rving is in our future. We love our home base, but look forward to future travels. It's been so...

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May 5, 2016 - Preparation

Our preparations are almost complete. The RV has been serviced, it is sitting in the driveway, and we are starting to load for our trip. Our first 3 weeks are planned in some detail and reservations are made. Our traveling friends are also getting prepared and they also have reservations made. We are looking forward to our east cost adventure.

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Apr 11, 2016 - Johnson Space Center Houston

We had planned to visit the space center, however, a couple of months ago, we met a couple that suggested we take the Level - 9 (VIP) Your rather than the normal tram tour and we are glad we did. The tour included only 12 people, took 6 hours, and allowed us to go into areas the normal tours don't go. The tour started at the Sonny Carter Neutral Buoyancy Lab which has a replica of the actual space station in a 40' deep pool. This is where the astronauts learn every exterior inch of the space station and practice the tasks that need to be...

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Rocky Mountain Trip

Apr 6, 2016 - San Jacinto Battlefield and Monument

Just southeast of Houston is the monument commemorating the battle in which Texas won its independence from Mexico in 1836. The monument is 567' tall with a huge 9-pointed star at the top. At 490', there is an observation deck that you get to via an elevator. From the observation deck, you can see the USS Texas, a battleship that saw action in both WWI and WWII, and the Houston shipping channel. The museum has many artifacts, pictures, and articles about the battle, Sam Houston, Stephen F. Austin, and Santa Anna.

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Apr 1, 2016 - Houston, Texas

We stopped for 2 nights in Houston and had the opportunity to see our two sons, Andy and Billy. Andy was free for most of the time but Billy and his girlfriend were hosting her sister and brother-in-law. Since the Men's Final Four were at NRG Stadium, and Villanova was playing, and they are 'Nova alumni, their long-planned visit of course turned into a basketball weekend! They all got tickets and they were a little tied up on Saturday. We had a cookout Friday evening at Billy's and Emily's and that was the last we saw of them! Andy was a...

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Mar 31, 2016 - Galveston

Neither of us had been to Galveston, so we headed down to the coast for a day trip. We found the city pretty interesting - it was almost like three different cites in a small area: the drive on the famous sea wall (built after a hurricane destroyed the city in 1900) was much like any beach resort; in another area, there was a huge medical complex with a Shriner’s Hospital affiliated with UT Medical Branch; and the older center of town being revitalized for the cruise ship industry. Of course, across the bay, there are numerous oil...

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Mar 30, 2016 - Holocaust Museum Houston

We took an afternoon to visit the Holocaust Museum Houston which was developed by concentration camp survivors that settled in Houston after WW II. The museum presented a chronology of events in both pictures and artifacts that are very moving and, in some instances, gut wrenching. The most moving was a film compilation of several survivors telling their personal accounts of that period. It brought tears to your eyes to hear of kids being separated from family members and never seeing them again. Years ago, we had both (separately) visited...

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Mar 29, 2016 - George Bush (41) Presidential Library

After leaving MS, we headed west to the Houston, TX area. We took the hour drive from Houston to College Station to visit the George Bush Library on the campus of Texas A&M. The campus was one of the largest we have ever been on. It was really spread out with huge sports facilities and a lot of building going on. Also, there an area that was surely made for a party - the fronts of stores, restaurants and bars are all designed in an old west motif. One can only imagine what Saturday night after a football win is like! The Bush library was...

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Dec 27, 2015 - Head West Young Man

Had breakfast at the hotel, Ji made his own waffles, & we were on the road by 8.30am. Travelled through to Houston, which Ji informs me, is the 4th largest city in the US. We arrived at the hotel at 12.30pm, and like with every other hotels that we have stayed at, we were allowed to check in straight away. In this hotel, the Westin Oak,it is attached to a huge shopping centre! In the food court is a skating rink, that's how big it is! The boys were in the 6th floor, & Darren & I were given the 14th floor. We visited the food court for lunch...

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Dec 20, 2015 - Houston, Texas

Houston, home of Andy and Billy! We arrived for a 5 day visit with lots of time to celebrate Billy's 28th birthday, see the new Star Wars movie, have some great dinners, and celebrate Christmas! Billy's girlfriend Emily was with us for a few days before she flew to New Jersey to spend the holiday with her family. We are staying at a 'city' campground less than 2 miles from Andy's house, still in the city of Houston. Houston is a huge city, very spread out, and you can spend an hour driving from one end to the other, so we are fortunate to...

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Nov 7, 2015 - Houston, we have a problem!

I'm not joking with the journal title! Our new place is not up to the same standard as our other places have been. While its clean and a roof over our heads..... The bed barely passes for a double and it's so creaky and noisy. Neither of us slept well last night and woke quite sore today. Our phone credit ran out yesterday so we had to locate a shop today to do it and thinking we were both renewing I didn't take my charger as we usually use Ish's phone. She decided once we were out not to renew hers and we were left with the quick screen...

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J in the USA!

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