Saturday March 12 – Today we headed with Angie and Rick for a cruise on the Houston Ship Channel. But we had to make a quick stop along the way at the “Stone Heads”, aka Presidents’ heads. We stumbled on these guys a couple years ago and have visited them several times since. We used to be able to wander around and among the heads, but vandalism forced the artist to move them to a fenced in area. They are actually made of fiberglass.
How this got in there we have no idea. But it is cute.
We arrived at the Ship Channel with time to spare before are 10 a.m. boarding. This is a free cruise. It is extremely popular. On-line reservations need to be made weeks in advance. There are three sailing times today (100 people per trip), and they are all booked solid. We did this trip a couple years ago with our daughter, Carrie, and enjoyed it so much we wanted to share it with Angie and Rick.
The Port of Houston is a 25-mile-long complex of 150-plus private and public industrial terminals along the 52-mile-long Houston Ship Channel. The Ship Channel is an amazing economic boom to the city of Houston.....read all about it here.
A 2015 study by Martin Associates says ship channel-related businesses contribute 1,174,567 jobs throughout Texas, up from more than 1 million jobs cited in a 2012 study.
This activity helped generate more than $264.9 billion in statewide economic impact, up from nearly $182.6 billion. Additionally, more than $5 billion in state and local tax revenues are generated by business activities related to the port, up from $4.5 billion.
What a great day so far. That was part of Marsha’s tour for Saturday. We will finish up the tour in the next post.
Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see y’all back real soon. Have a great day!