Sunday, March 25, 2012

Kemah Boardwalk, San Jacinto, & More

First, I might mention I still haven’t heard from the publisher about my book, Hidden Heritage. No news is good news. The longer they have it, the more seriously they are looking at it to publish. One thing about this trip is that I don’t have much time to fret over it.

Fun and games this week; well all but the rain that kept us inside Tuesday. We went to the Houston temple that day instead of Friday like we planned. I’ll backpedal to Monday in the next paragraph.

The week before we left on this road trip, a friend of mine from the temple and her husband also started a trek of a different sort. Theirs is shorter, but much more adventuresome. They are going from sea to shining sea on a tandem bike (bicycle built for 2). The week before they left we joked about meeting up somewhere along the road. We did! They were in San Antonio at the same time we were. Here is a picture of us having breakfast at iHop. Their trek is half over, and we’re only about 1/9 of the way through.

After breakfast we dropped them off at the Alamo, and headed for Houston where we have been all week. For the same price of staying the planned 5 days, we were able to rent a space in the RV park for a week, so we won’t be leaving until next Tuesday. Thankfully we made it safely to Houston before the storm started (we spent Monday night at Wal-Mart in a major rain storm: thunder, lightening, slightly rocking RV and all). Below are some pictures around our campground.

Wednesday was a fun and relaxing day. In downtown Houston they have 7 miles of air conditioned underground tunnels. In a lot of places along the tunnels there are shops, restaurants, and even a post office. We walked and walked and walked. There is also an observation tower in the Chase-Morgan building. After that we took a nap at the campground.
Thursday we visited the Kemah boardwalk. It’s a fun place, but I recommend you go in the summer time, on Friday, or on a weekend. Nothing opened until 11:00, and half of the rides wouldn’t run at all. It was still fun to see.

Friday we went to the San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site. I learned a lot about the history of Texas. The site is where they won the battle with Santa Anna, the president of Mexico. Although there were more skirmishes, even after Texas became a state, it was the turning point that eventually lead to the annexation of not only the Texas area, but land to the Pacific including California where I live.

Saturday we visited Galveston Island. A fascinating place with unique architecture and a free ferry ride. We were walking down the road, and noticed a few cars with their hoods and trunks open, so we figured it might be some locals showing off their cars. As we walked between the rows of cars, and rounded a corner it was much larger than at first glance. It was an official car show.

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