Trip Start Jun 04, 2010
100Trip End Sep 08, 2010
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Guest of Alan and Donna Bilger
We drove on back roads of Texas primarily State Hwys290 and 105 then some county roads. We arrived in Splendora about 1:18p.m. and we were greeted by Chelsie and Donna. I have not seen Chelsie since she was a babe in arms and Donna in over 15 years. We relaxed for the afternoon caught up on years of chatting. We then planned what we would do for the next couple of days
Splendora, Texas, in Montgomery county, is 34 miles N of Houston, Texas. There are an estimated 1,275 people in the city. Families have pride of place in the city, and much of the housing seems designed with families in mind. "If kids are our future, then the future might look a little like Splendora". The kids here are young and many. How was the city named... One tradition says the community was named after a ship in a popular song; another says it was named for the splendor of its landscape. Where ever the name came from Splendora was a splendid place on our vacation.
Alan and Donna treated us to dinner at Molina's Mexican Restaurant in Houston. What can I say....another great meal. We enjoyed the food, the hot sauce is very good. The servers there are very nice and helpful without being annoying and very efficient. They removed any dirty dishes, refilled drinks and salsa as needed without us hardly noticing.
On the way to Molina's we stopped by the Beer Can House. In 1968, John Milkovisch was just another retired employee of Southern Pacific railroad. He lived in an undistinguished house in an undistinguished suburban neighborhood of Houston. Then John got antsy
The house and landscape are adorned with many different brands of beer cans that John, himself, drank (though his neighbors and his wife, Mary, were always glad to lend a hand!). Did he prefer one brand to the next? His favorite beer was always "Whatever's on special".
Over the next 18 years the house disappeared under a cover of flattened beer cans for both practical and decorative reasons. Garlands made of cut beer cans hanging from the roof edges not only made the house sing in the wind, but also lowered the family's energy bills. Ripley's Believe It or Not estimated that over 50,000 cans adorn this monument to recycling. John considered his work an enjoyable pastime rather than a work of art, but he did enjoy people's reaction to his creations. He once said, "It tickles me to watch people screech to a halt. They get embarrassed. Sometimes they drive around the block a couple of times. Later they come back with a car-load of friends..."
We didn’t have a problem stopping and taking a picture or two of this unique abode. A minor stop on our vacation, but one we will always remember with a laugh or two.
God Bless Donna, Alan and Chelsea for showing us a great 1st day in this area. Bless all the people who are creative and come up with unique ideas to recycling and keeping our world free of trash. Even if it is a beer can or two.