Sunday, 9 February 2014

Houston (Day 3)

My research & development department (a.k.a. Doug) found out that we could go on a "FREE" boat tour of the Port of Houston the other day!! He checked on the internet for "things to do in Houston" and this boat tour on the Sam Houston came up. All you had to do was register at least 72 hours in advance. The boat can take up to 100 people. We have really been looking forward to it and it did not disappoint!!

We arrived a tad bit early for the 2:30 p.m. departure time but they did say to get there at least 1/2 before we left. We walked around a bit. There isn't too far you can go. Naturally, because you are in the working part of the shipping channels, you have to go through security which meant we had to show the nice man our ticket and our passports. That done we parked and made ourselves at home!!

Beautiful, downtown Houston!!


This is how Houston moves traffic!!

 

Nice tile work on this building. Don't know what it housed as it was locked....

 Euri sits, sadly, in the parking lot waiting for more friends!!

Me and my R&D department!!

 

There's our ride!!

 

Super clean, cool old boat....
 
 

 

New oil drilling platform.....


 

 Memories of our Panama cruise!!

Big government ship - not sure what it was used for but
there are 3 of them in port!!

 


 


...so many oil refineries along here!!



 



They fill these fuel barges right at the oil refineries. Some of the refineries right here
on the shipping channel produce up to 200,000 barrels per day!!
Handy to just pump gas into these barges!!  
 
A tug pushing a fuel barge up the channel....

 

Sorry, but this is what happens when you are
tall and the "Necessity Room" doors are not!! (Yes, I was standing!)

 

See the heron??

The captain spoke a little about the garbage problem in the shipping channel.
At first, it wasn't noticeable but then it became, sadly, very apparent... 

 ...fill 'em up!!

That was an amazing (...and free) tour. If you are ever in the Houston area, we strongly recommend this tour. It lasts for 1.5 hours and the Captain talks just enough to point out interesting things as you go by them.Doug did one heck of a job figuring out our Houston "things to do" so a big shout out to my best friend for making sure that we had a good time while here!!
 

Emptying out every drop of that blood, I mean wine!!

See our little Euri??

Thanks Southlake RV Resort for a great stay.
Superb facilities and staff!!
 
Well that's it for Houston for us. We will be leaving here tomorrow (Monday) morning and heading for the great state of Louisiana!! We are so excited to see the next great state on this tour of ours!!
 
We will be staying at the Sam Houston Jones State Park, just outside of Lake Charles. Apparently, there is WIFI there but we have heard that it is only good for checking emails, etc. Might be a bit dodgy for blogging - we will see!! If you don't see me for a few days, don't worry. I will do a full report when we get back on line.
 
We are also excited because we are meeting up with our dear friend, Mary-Pat. We met Mary-Pat in Mexico last year and are really looking forward to our visit with her. She will arrive at the park on Wednesday so we will definitely stay until she gets there.... 
 
Peace...
 
Thought for the Day: That awkward moment when you fail at being mad at somebody because they make you laugh....(we all know someone who does this to us!!)
  

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