Sunday, September 18, 2016

Houston in the Fall

Now onto the next trip (and the good news is that for the moment I'm less than a year behind)!

Our next trip was to Houston to visit Angie (Alison's sister) and Hyrum.

We found a great deal on Frontier, which is not my favorite airline, but the price was right.

Unfortunately we had an overnight layover in Denver.  I grabbed a room near the hotel and we crashed for a few short hours.  The girls were all snuggly sharing their bed.

When I went to wake them up at 5AM I loved the position that they were in.

We went to my very favorite Tex-Mex restaurant El Tiempo Cantina. Ada got $1 for eating a jalapeno.

We took a day trip to Brazos Bend State Park. We were hoping to see lots of alligators but after taking a few walks around the ponds and lakes we were skunked.

We finally saw a couple from afar. So we left not totally skunked.

There's probably a gator out there somewhere.

After Brazos Bend we made our way to Galveston.  Our first stop was the beach. The sand wasn't great, and the water had a ton of seaweed, but the Gulf is an excellent place to swim.

Ada and Kate.


Lyla and I built a mud drop sand castle.

Families that build sand castles together stay together.

The tide was coming in.


The crabs started to come out.

We gathered as much seaweed as we could. If you would twist them and wring them they would pop and water would come out.

Sea monster.

I can't remember where Alison got this chocolate of the Manneken Pis. Hyrum probably brought it home from Europe for her. A bit random.

Lyla and Kate shared a bed.  I love finding kids in strange sleeping positions.

The next day we visited the Houston Museum of Natural Science.

Dinosaur shadows.

We grabbed tacos for lunch. This place was excellent.

Next stop was the Children's Museum of Houston. Here we're ready for the science lab.

Ada with her dry ice soap ball.



One more with Kate and her beautiful smile.

That night we visited the bridge at Waugh Dr. to watch the 250,000 bats leave their resting place from under the bridge.

On Sunday we packed a picnic lunch and played frisbee and soccer in the park. It was lovely.

Giving Angie good night hugs.

I'm always game to try new donut places.  These are from Hugs and Donuts. They were decent.

The next day we went to a movie (I don't remember which one) and took a picture at the I love Houston sign on our way back.

We were sad to leave Ang and Hyrum.  Luckily we only had a layover in Denver on the way home (and not an overnight stay).  Houston in the fall is lovely!

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