Sunday, March 29, 2015

A GREAT DAY AT THE PARK AND BREWERY

Saturday, March 28 – We met up with Carrie and her friend, Stephanie, for a walk in the park. Houston Buffalo Bayou Park has just re-opened recently after a many, many million dollar renovation. They have separate paths for walking or running and then one for bikes.

Buffalo Bayou Park

Buffalo Bayou Park

Buffalo Bayou Park

One of the cool areas we were headed to see was the Johnny Steele two dog parks. They have one for small dogs and one for larger and small dogs.

dog park signs

Both parks were packed. Both have a water feature that the dogs seem to really enjoy. Bet they enjoy it even more during the hot summers Houston is known to have. The small dog park still has a very nice grassy area but those big dogs have worn much of the grass in their park away. They get pretty rough!

Houston dog park

Houston dog park

Houston dog park

Houston dog park

Spring has come to Houston.
flowers in park

After our walk in the park, we headed to the Karbach Brewing Company. This place was PACKED!

Karbach Brewery

Karbach Brewery

Karback Brewery

Carrie and Stephanie
Karbach Brewery

There are two tasting packages…$9 gets you a very nice souvenir 9 ounce glass and 4 chips to taste four kinds of beer, and for $12, you can get a 12 ounce souvenir glass and 3 tasting chips. Tours are also included, but they were booked up all afternoon. The earliest spot available was for the 6 o'clock tour, and we didn't want to stay that long.

The girls opted for the 12 oz, and we did the 9 oz.
Karbach Brewery

There is a food truck, or you are permitted to bring your own food into the tasting area. There is plenty of seating plus several Corn Hole games. The young people were having a good time and appeared to be drinking responsibly.

So fitting…don’t you think?
Karbach Brewery

After a couple hours, we headed back to Carrie's neighborhood, Mid-town Houston, for something to eat. After that we called it a day and headed back to the 5th wheel to watch NCAA March Madness Basketball.

Carrie treated us the entire day. It is part of her birthday gift to us. Paul’s birthday was Friday, and so this was a very timely treat for him. Thanks so much for a wonderful day, Carrie.

Cheers
Karbach Brewery

Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see y’all back real soon. Have a great day! 

Thursday, March 19, 2015

FINISHED OUR TREK ACROSS TEXAS

Thursday, March 19 –  We've arrived at the Houston Elks Lodge. Of course, we are mainly here to visit our daughter, Carrie, but we feel so comfortable here, we call it home.

Welcome to Texas

We continued our journey across Texas on TX-36 and US-290. Again, love the back roads of Texas. Not much traffic, few large trucks, nice wide berm, and enjoyable scenery. For you non-Texans, don't be surprised, if you travel the back roads, to see people pulling over to drive on the berm to let you pass. It's a little scary, but the berms are as wide as a traffic lane and if you're careful, it seems to work well for allowing others to pass. Just BE CAREFUL!

Houston

So we are at the Houston Elks Lodge in Stafford, Texas. There are 10 sites here (8 with concrete pads and 2 gravel). We are on our “usual” site #1, a nice concrete pad with no one on our patio side. We have a 50 amp FHU site. The street is gravel and the campground is just behind the lodge. There is a pool, that if it warms up, we will jump in to cool off. Yes, you do have to be an Elk to use the campground, but that makes the lodge available to you also.

Stafford Elks #1

Stafford Elks #1

Stafford Elks #1

We know many of the people here so enjoy staying here. We also have learned our way around Houston and have nearly mastered Houston traffic. “Nearly” because one never “masters” the freeways in and around Houston! Especially, if you are over 50.....ha ha!

Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see y’all back real soon. Have a great day!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

A NICE, EASY DRIVE THROUGH TEXAS

Wednesday, March 18 – We got another early start on our travels this morning, pulling out of the Roswell, NM, Elks Lodge bright and early. We pass through another time zone again today. When we cross the Texas state line, we will be in the Central Time Zone .

Today's travel through Texas was very enjoyable. We stayed on US-380 most of the day. What a nice road. Texas’ back-roads are quite nice and sure beats traveling on the interstates. We jumped on I-20 in Abilene for a short jump to Baird, TX.

We are staying at the Baird Motor Inn & RV Park. We have a 50 amp, FHU site. The sites and streets are gravel with a small patch of grass between the sites and small trees between each site. The price is reasonable, especially considering it is almost full with full-time workers. There were only three sites available for over-night stays. This park is fine for an over-night stay. Texas is getting tough to find a reasonably priced campground for short over-night stays. I guess this might be true for the entire country.

Baird RV Park

Baird RV Park

Looking right.
Baird RV Park

Looking left.
Baird RV Park

NOTE: To clear up a possible misunderstanding from yesterday’s blog:….The Radio Astronomy Observatory is located on the Plains of San Agustin, between the towns of Magdalena and Datil, some 50 miles west of Socorro, New Mexico. We copied the section entitled…Why did they choose Roswell, NM, for the VLA site? directly from the official website. It states that it is located in Roswell, NM. We found it was about 20 miles East of Datil.

Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see y’all back real soon. Have a great day!