Sunday, April 23, 2017

We Got Out

We left Texas at around one o'clock this afternoon after having another really good barbecue dinner at Dyer's Barbecue in Amarillo, Texas.  A local places that serves dinner family style.  Great service and the ribs were absolutely great and the onion rings were so well done that we could eat the whole thing and not pull out the onion.  With the exception of the beans, we loved every bite.  We told the lady at the desk that they needed to move to Seattle.

A funny thing happened on the way to the actual restaurant location.  Google maps has been our go to GPS for finding place and usually she is right on the mark.  Today we entered BBQ shops around us and found Dyer's to be one of a couple that were open.  Sunday seems to be a day for closure or what they call "Shut" here in Texas and New Orleans.  Anyway, we found ourselves driving about 13 miles out of town and ended up at the entrance to a private country club.  The guard in the entry shack told us the Dyer's live in the country club but the actual restaurant is 15 miles away.  We got directions and found it.  Sure glad we did.

Amarillo is a pretty large town, as towns go along I40.  We got to see some of the sites while trying to find dinner.

Honey likes the grass in Texas.  Every time we got her out of the car she wouldn't take her nose out of it.

Tonight we are staying in Tucumcari, New Mexico just alongside I40.  Old Highway Route 66 runs right through the center of town and many of the buildings in town look like they have been here since the highways heyday.  In addition, Tucumcari was the location of the filming of 14 episodes of the early television show, Rawhide.  There is even a hotel that says, "Clint Eastwood slept here."  I am kind of waiting for the sun to start down so I can go take some pictures of some of the buildings.  It is just a little to bright right at the moment.

Hope all is well and thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Let Me Out

Statistically, Texas may not have the most traffic deaths per 100,000 people nor the highest number of accidents per million miles traveled but I WANT OUT.  I can't get to the border soon enough.  Unfortunately, we are spending the night Wichita Falls and we won't be in New Mexico until sometime Monday.

Large highway signs indicate that there have been 854 deaths on Texas highways so far this year, an average of 225 deaths per month.  I realize that Texas is a big state and it is very difficult to follow the posted speed limit knowing it will take you days to cross the state from south to north.  In an effort to help the hapless driver, Texas has given us the 75 mph speed limit that no one with a Texas license plate follows.  Silly out of stater drives the posted speed limit to be passed like a dirty shirt.

An it isn't just the speed that they travel, it's how they travel.  Most of the time there is a cell phone involved as they travel but more dangerous is the dodging in and out of lands in and effort to keep their average speed up at 85 mph.  They come flying up behind you and either pull in the lane over to pass which is fine or they come up, pass and dive in front of you or someone else as the pass the slowest car, usually, me.  I don't how many times I have looked in the rear view mirrors while in the left hand lane passing a slow moving truck to see a car shoot past me on the right and swing right in front of me, narrowly missing the truck.  I have also see some narrowly miss me as the do the same thing to get around someone else.  It is crazy.  If I stay very much longer, I might just become number 855 in the statistics.

After arriving in Wichita Falls I went seeking a slice of pecan pie.  Having already stopped to have a burger at a southern staple, Wantaburger.  I found a restaurant that looks like it may have been around for as long as I have and they had what I was looking for.  Certainly nothing fancy but the Pioneer 3 came through with a mighty fine pie.

Hope all is well and thanks for stopping by.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Another Busy Day in Houston

We started off the morning doing something we never considered before, boarding Honey.  Yesterday while Mia was finishing our laundry, Honey and I went looking for Doggy Care places close to the hotel.  We found the Majestic Pet Hotel and Boutique complete with a Pet Medical Center.  We walked in and there was a room full of dogs with a couple of attendants kind of like the child care at some of the local stores.  I inquired as to the day care and was told that Honey would be most welcome and after filling out some paperwork with one of the attendants, we arranged to drop Honey off this morning so Mia and I could enjoy a day to ourselves.  It was like leaving your child for the first time but we managed to make it out the door as Honey was taken to meet the other dogs.

Our next stop was a donut shop.  Angela's Donut Shop was the first one we found and we both enjoyed a mid morning snack.  

On to the Houston Space Museum just across the street from the Johnson Space Center.  Upon arrival in the parking lot, the first thing you notice is a giant Boeing 747 with a Space Shuttle attached.

While the Shuttle is a replica, the 747 is the historic NASA 905 shuttle carrier.  The much modified and reinforced Boeing 747 was used to fly the retired shuttles to their prospective museums.  The last flight was to Ellington Airfield where NASA 905 was disassembled by Boeing engineers into seven large pieces.  Transported in the late night to the Houston Space Museum, where it was reassembled.  A replica of the Independence shuttle was mounted to it in August of 2014.

The museum is full of information and displays of various things from the early era of space travel.  On September 12, 1962, President John F. Kennedy announced with a speech to some 35,000 attendees at Rice Stadium in Houston that "We choose to go to the Moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard; because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one we intend to win."  

Kennedy's speech was meant to prompt the U.S. citizens to back one of the biggest efforts mankind has ever undertaken.  Over the next decades the United States had many successes and failures in space.  Space research has brought huge developments in medical as well as other branches of the scientific community.  Research continues even though the shuttle program has ended.
Mia wanted to go to a local quilt store so I drove her over to Webster to this store.  They even had special parking.
We start the trip home tomorrow, heading north to Wichita Falls, Texas.
That was our day.  Hope yours was great too....

We both came away amazed at what mankind has accomplished and wondering why, if we can do this, we can't work together to solve some of the issues and problems we have right here on our own terraform.

When she came out of the store, I was informed that there was a Quilt Show in Pearland.  I drove her to the the Knights of Columbus building so she could enjoy it.

Once she was done there, it was dinner time.  We stopped by Randy's Smokehouse BBQ.  I thought the brisket in Kansas city was the best I ever had, until I tasted this one.  Lost in heaven in Houston and a taste of Mia's pulled pork sandwich wasn't bad either.

We returned to the Majestic Pet Hotel to pickup Honey, who was more than happy to see us.  The attendants all raved about her and she got a report card.

Basically, she did really well with all attendants giving her high marks.