Texas Re-Tread

Trip Start Jan 24, 2009
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Trip End Mar 29, 2009


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Monday, March 2, 2009

Well, I'm back on the air.  I checked out there for a week while I was in Big Bend.  I wasn't able to get the Texas blog posted before going off the grid (Sorry 'bout that).

After leaving New Orleans, I was ready for some peace and quiet.  On my way out, I passed South of New Orleans to see some of the Cajun country and toured around the town of Houma, Louisiana. It was fairly unremarkable and un-photogenic.  The small Bayous are peaceful looking and filled with lots of fisherman hunt'n for those bass critters.  Since this is in a flood plane, most of the houses are built on stilts, kind of reminds me of the Sacramento Delta areas.

I overnighted in Houston and spent a couple hours driving around town since I passed it in darkness the first time.  The city center is very clean and modern, but things were dead as it was a Sunday.  I stumbled upon a memorial to George Bush Sr. and snapped a pic.  He was a Texas oil man in his younger days. 

I was getting hungry and wanted to have some lunch.  I realized I didn't have any cash on hand so I started looking for a bank.  Just when I was about to start cursing the Gods for being in a bank desert, I turned around and found the mother of all B of A drive-up ATM centers.  Now this is what we need back home, Sweet!

A short way down the road from Houston, is the Texas memorial for the battle of San Jacinto.  This is the battle that essentially won the Texas revolution and made it a new country.  The battle field is preserved almost in its original state.  Like everything in Texas, they do things big.  The monument is GIGANTIC!  It's the tallest free standing masonary structure in the world.

Houston is situated along the Buffalo Bayou, and is an active sea port.  In order to get to the monument, I actually had to take a ferry across the river, cool!  Apparently, this has always been a ferry point, even in the old days known as the Lynchburg Ferry.

As an added bonus, across from the monument is another memorial.  I didn't realize it but I stumbled upon another battleship!  The USS Texas.  This is a WW1 era ship that served all the way through WW2.

Well, got to keep heading West.  Big Bend is in the far West spur of Texas along the Rio Grande river in the middle of no-where.

More adventures await!

~JQ
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