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Aug 1, 2013 - Hello Houston

Phil and Murray added another state to their road trip by arriving in Houston late Wed night. The visited the Houston Space Center on Thursday. They found the exhibits very professionally done. NASA is now funded with the Orion program which is building the capability to send a man to Mars by 2030. They plan to return to the moon and perhaps journey to an asteroid with the capabilities they are designing into the Orion space craft. On Thursday night, Phil and Murray attended a dinner organized by Lori Slater. A number of Phil's Houston HP...

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Jul 9, 2013 - North to Alaska

(To view photos, click on "all photos", then double click on the first photo to enlarge to size of your screen, click on "slide show" & 5 sec. or 10 sec. to automatically advance photos) Touring Alaska has been on our bucket list for several years. We had taken the Alaska Inside Passage cruise with Princess about eight years ago and thoroughly enjoyed it, but didn't have time for the land tour at that time. After much research, we decided to take the six day Alaska Railroad land tour and combine it with a seven day South bound cruise aboard...

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Jun 9, 2013 - Thelma and Louise hit a Rodeo

Hey y'all! I guess now that all the cupcake vodka's gone, I have nothing else to do but blog about it's exquisiteness and maybe some of the other things we've been up to. Don't worry-we will be bringing some of that back! So we've been living the high life for a whole week now and I can barely believe how quickly it's gone. I can only hope the next 6 weeks don't go as fast. Up until now we've spent an inordinate amount of time dancing around the pool to 90's classics (too much vengaboys for my liking, not enough Taylor Swift) and...

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Jun 3, 2013 - Skinny birds and Taco Bell

Hey y'all from bloody hot Texas! Pleased to say the flight was the best I've ever had and I even slept a little bit, despite the lovely albeit slightly irritating Spanish man sat next to us who seemed to know the whole state of Texas inside out. He didn't, however, know how to effectively get a bag down from the over head lockers which resulted, much to our amusement, in a pair of crutches falling on top of him mid-flight. So 14 hours of travelling, 6 time zones and about 7 in-flight meals later, we were greeted by Karen, David and Beth who...

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May 18, 2013 - OTRA - TX - Houston

Finally. The last leg of our journey to Houston TX to have some maintenance done on the Ti. Left at 11:00 under sunny skies along smooth roads with light traffic...who could ask for anything more? So, we pull into the Red Roof Inn at 12:45 and in about 20 minutes (hot minutes!) we had unloaded all the stuff from our under-the-bed storage area (that's where they're going to have to do some work) into the motel room. Then, leaving Sam at the motel, we piled Nellie and Taco back into the truck and off we went to drop the trailer at Ron...

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May 13, 2013 - May 13, 2013 – Houston, Texas

May 13, 2013 – Houston, Texas Today I spent at the Space Center in Houston. I thought I might spend a couple of hours, but I wound up being there almost 6 hours. The 1.5 hour tram ride takes you around the NASA headquarters. You get to see the historic Mission Control Room which saw the most dramatic moments in the space program – the moon landing, the missions in which astronauts were lost and the one where they had major problems and they weren’t sure they’d get the astronauts back. They have one of the 3 extant Saturn rockets. Since...

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May 12, 2013 - May 12, 2013 – Houston, Texas

May 12, 2013 – Houston, Texas The 1st stop today was something I saw as I was driving home last night. I don’t know what the name of the place is, but it is a school of some kind. I loved the cap and tassel on the sculpture. It was a cool morning so it was a perfect time to go to the Japanese Garden in Hermann Park. This particular garden is a daimyo style and includes a tea garden, a kaiyushiki stroll garden and a scroll garden. The entry garden is a dry landscape garden. Imagine you are standing on the sea and the boulders are the rising...

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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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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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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

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