Sunday, November 12, 2017

HOUSTON ASTROS WORLD SERIES VICTORY PARADE

Friday, November 3 - We are headed to downtown Houston this morning to attend the Houston Astros World Series victory parade with our daughter, Carrie.

Carrie, Stacy, Holly.
Carrie, Stacy, Holly

us

She has a spot all picked out in her parking deck across from where she works. She blocked off a large section on the third floor so we can see the parade from above. She has a whole group of friends meeting her there to watch the parade. 

parking deck

This is a reflection of the parking deck in the windows of Carrie’s building.
Carrie's building

The traffic was horrible, so we rode the train into the main street station and walked from there.

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We could barely move along the sidewalks. Thousands and thousands of people. We had to move into the street, but we finally got to our location.  We later learned that there were so many people riding the light rail train that it became overwhelmed and had to leave people waiting at the stops. Luckily we arrived almost four hours early and successfully reached our stop.

Small example of the crowd.
Astros Parade

We had quite a wait for the parade to begin. Of course, we enjoyed a few adult beverages, lots of laughs with Carrie‘s friends, and a lot of people watching. The streets were alive with cheering and all kinds of crazy behavior. People just having a good time no problems whatsoever. But there certainly was a huge police presence. That’s good. As a matter fact on the top floor of the parking deck where we were watching the parade, they had a SWAT team. Scary but reassuring.    

On the ground.
police presense

There were sharp shooters on all the surrounding buildings. From the reflection of Carrie’s building, can you see the sharp shooter on our parking deck?
sharp shooter

We passed the time by tearing up paper and making confetti. Paul had brought a big bag from our paper shredder but of course Carrie needed more.

What is a parade without some confetti! We made tons and tons of it.
confetti making

Finally the parade arrived at our location and oh what a wonderful experience. The Astro players were riding on huge hook and ladder fire trucks. There were bands and of course cheering like crazy. Everybody was having such a great time.

Texas Southern University's Ocean of Soul Marching Band was excellent.
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Need we explain.
Clydesdale

Astro’s mascot, Orbit.
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Let the confetti fly.
confetti

George Springer, MVP of the World Series.
George Springer

Astros
Astros

Astros

Astros

What the street looked like at the end of the parade.
Astros parade

What it looked like below us after the parade.
confetti

Carrie even got named MVP by the crowd for popping a foaming champagne bottle over the edge of the parking deck after the parade. Yep....pretty crazy.   

Yes, this crowd is looking up at Carrie. Everyone was taking photos of her. After she popped the cork, the crowd busted out with MVP, MVP, MVP. It was amazing.
Carrie and crowd

There were hundreds of people cheering Carrie on.
Carrie and crowd

After the parade, we headed back to the train station and grabbed our train for the 20 to 30 minute ride to our truck. Unfortunately with all the crowds and all the stops, it took nearly an hour to reach our destination on the train. The newspapers and TV stations reported that over a million people attended the parade. We believe it! We then had a short 20 minute drive  back to the Houston Elks Lodge RV Campground. 

We sure had a great time cheering on the Houston Astros World Series champs. Too bad it could not have been the Cleveland Indians but seeing the Astros do it for the city of Houston after all they have been through was a wonderful experience. A fabulous day. Thanks Carrie for having us join your celebration.

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Friday, October 27, 2017

ANOTHER WONDERFUL SATURDAY WITH CARRIE

Saturday, October 21 – These are exciting times in Houston for sports fans. Now that our Cleveland Indians are out of the playoffs, it seems only right to cheer for our second hometown's team to win the World Series. What a boost it would give to the residents of Houston. Go Astros!!! We were sure happy to eliminate the Yankees from the playoffs! LOL

World Series 2017

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But I'm ahead of myself. Saturday means college football in our family, and we were meeting up with Carrie and some of her friends to cheer on our teams. Being in a town like Houston with young people relocated here from all over the country for work means we have to find a place with about a hundred TV's to watch NCAA football. That's no problem with numerous sports bars all over town. We met at McIntyre's in what is referred to as the Heights part of Houston. Of course there was food and beverages and cheering going on. We were here to cheer on Virginia Tech, Carrie's alma mater.

Virgil, Carrie, Nick
Virgil, Carrie, Nick

We've been with many of these friends in the past and always have a great time. They sure know how to have fun and always make us feel welcome. Not only were we eating, drinking, and cheering but there is always some competition involved. Today it was shooting hoops. Now why would a couple of “seniors” let kids half their age challenge them to shooting basketballs. LOL It was great fun but a little embarrassing for Paul to be totally out of their league! Note from Marsha….I came in second….WOW!

basketball

basketball

basketball

basketball

Paul’s is the second score…hehe
basketball

Guess who the winner was.
Carrie

We always make an early exit from this gang. No way to keep up with their enthusiasm and youthfulness. We're not as young as we once were......ahhh the good old days! We arrived back at the Elks in time to settle in and watch the seventh game of the ALS – Houston elimination of New York and a trip to the World Series. The girls (Marsha, Carrie, and Kelly) enjoy watching these games together via iPhone texting. What fun!

The World Series begins Tuesday night so it will be another exciting week here in Houston! I'm sure we'll find some way to cheer on the Astros. UPDATE:  The World Series is tied 1-1. Houston plays there first home game tonight. GO ASTROS!

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Saturday, October 21, 2017

TEXANS/BROWNS GAME…ANOTHER DEFEAT FOR THE BROWNS

Sunday, October 15 – We never dreamed we would be attending the Houston Texans vs the Cleveland Browns football game while here in Houston. We didn't even have our home team shirts to wear....dang! Carrie, our daughter, got extra tickets at work – in the corporate Club Seat Section - and they didn't cost us a dime. She already had four tickets down by the field, so we joined a couple of co-workers of hers and enjoyed the game. This is Marsha’s first professional football game.

Prior to the game there is the necessary tail-gating. What a fun time that was. We joined Michele, a friend of Carrie, and her family and friends in the parking lot for food, drinks, and people watching. There was even the required bus decorated in Houston Texan colors to complete the experience. It was a fun group, and we enjoyed getting “pumped” for the game.

Our Hostess and Host, Peggy and John Wayne.
Peggy and John Wayne

They have a great tailgating set up.
Peggy and John Wayne

tailgating party

We arrived early to see if we could lend a hand.
tailgate party

There were tons of Browns fans tailgating.
browns fans

Of course, Carrie had to welcome them with her famous pudding shots.
tailgating party

Nice boots.
Browns boots

Most people wear the name of a player on the back of their shirt. Not the Browns’ fans.
Browns shirt

Ignore those shirts we have on.
Paul and Marsha Texans

Unfortunately, the Browns continued their losing streak. Our adopted team – the Texans – put on a good show for the fans. It was nice to enjoy the game in a stadium with the ability to close the roof. It was 90 degrees outside so the roof was shut and the AC was going full blast. COOL....LOL

Browns game

Before the game started, we walked around the Club section…so this is how the other half lives…LOL  There was a very good band playing songs to get the crowd fired up. Before we knew it, the lead singer grabbed Carrie, and she was out there dancing with the band. Y’all probably know she is our shy daughter…NOT!

Carrie dancing

Texans getting ready to enter the stadium.
Texans

All Browns’ players standing for the national anthem.
Browns

We had such high hopes for the Browns starting with the first play.
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Yes, we did get a touchdown, and Marsha can actually prove it with her photo. Look at the bottom left part of the photo. Browns have the ball and touchdown.

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After the game we returned to the tail-gating area and enjoyed a cold beverage and ate a few left-overs before saying our good-byes to Carrie and her friends and headed home. We rode the light rail train to the stadium, so we avoided the post game traffic. We had a pleasant ride back to our truck. This is a pretty good deal. For $15, we parked all day and everyone in the car received free round-trip tickets on train.

Carrie and us

Once reaching our train stop, we jumped in our truck and were back at the Houston Elks campground in about 20 minutes. Even though the Browns lost we sure enjoyed our day. Another fun weekend here in Houston!

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Monday, October 16, 2017

CELEBRATING EIGHT YEARS ON THE ROAD.

Monday, October 16 – Tomorrow is the beginning of our 9th year of traveling. We no longer “full-time,” but we continue to travel more than six months per year.  We completed the circle by ending the year at the same location we started – Houston, TX. I guess that's why we refer to this as our “Southern Home.” It is also home to our youngest daughter, Carrie, which we enjoy spending some time with each year. It didn't seem like we did much exploring this past year, but looking back we were pretty busy. Here's just a sample of where we ventured and what we saw during our eighth year of travel.

Langtry, TX – Judge Roy Bean Museum and Pecos River. An out-of-the-way place, but a great place to visit.

Judge Roy Bean

El Paso, TX – Explored the city, Chamizal National Memorial, Missions, UTEP. There is a ton to do and see in El Paso. It was a nice surprise.

El Paso

Las Cruces, NM – Old Town, White Sands Missile Nat'l Monument & Missile Range, N.M. State University, Dripping Springs Hike. We had a wonderful visit with our good friends, Pam and John, while we were here. What fun.

Pam and John

Maricopa, AZ – Reunion with long-time friends from Class of 2009-10, the Dwarf Car Museum. We had a fantastic boondocking place. What fun having happy hour each day and sitting around the fire enjoying each other’s company.

our gang

Yuma, AZ – Los Algodones, NM, Cloud Car Museum, Yuma Proving Grounds. A visit to Mexico is always in order when we are in Yuma.

Organ Pipe, AZ – Organ Pipe Nat'l Monument, Hickiwan Trails hikes, the “wall.” “The Wall” was one of the highlights for Paul…Marsha not so much. The Nat’l Monument is an awesome place to see so much beauty.

Organ Pipe

How much excitement can one person take?
The wall

Tucson, AZ – Saguaro National Park, Hiking. One of our favorite places to visit.

Tucson

Sedona, AZ – Red Rock country, Hiking, Truck towed for repairs (yuk). Sedona is gorgeous, but way too crowded for our liking. Even when we went out for a hike at 8 a.m., there were already tons of cars in the parking lot. Not fun.

Sedona

Usery Mountain Park, AZ – Hiking and relaxing. We will be back!

Usery MT.

Apache Junction, AZ – Superstition Mountains, Hiking. Always a beauty.

 Apache Junction

Phoenix, AZ – Spring Training Cleveland Indians Baseball. Love those Indians!

Goodyear

Back to Houston – Rodeo time, Art Car Parade, Visits with daughter, Houston Ship Channel and Kelly & Dave (daughter & SIL) arrived from Ohio for visit. What a wonderful time we had when Kelly and Dave arrived. We did more in three days than most people do in a year. The kids are young and can go nonstop. We try our best to keep up. After they left, we chilled for a week…lol

family photo

With May heating up in Texas, it was time to head north. We arrived back in Ohio to spend most of the summer. Long-time friends, Duane and Louise, were in the area, so we met up for a nice long lunch.

Duane and louise

We did scratch off another “must see” on Marsha’s bucket list. We made a trip to Gettysburg, PA, to visit the Civil War Memorials. We really enjoyed the history of the area and recommend it to fellow travelers. While in the area, we added Harrisburg, PA, to our list of State Capitols we've visited.

Gettsyburg

Right before our departure from Ohio, we had a wonderful lunch with our dear full-timing friends, Margery and Paul. They spend all summer in Ohio Amish country. How could they be so near us all summer, and we had to wait till September to meet up. Boy does time fly!

Marsha always takes photos of everything, but for some reason didn’t take one this visit. Probably because she was yacking so much. Anyway, this is a photo back from 2012. This works better anyways because we all look so much younger…lol
Margery and Paul

We did add a new state to our map of “States Visited,” …Pennsylvania.

 

SOME INTERESTING STATISTICS FROM OUR 8TH YEAR ON THE ROAD:

Starting Date: 10/17/16

Starting Location: Houston, Texas

Ending Location: Houston, Texas

Truck travel miles: 13,574

Number of different cities visited: 23

Average length of stay per visit: 4.52 days

Average campground cost: $19.93

Highest price paid for diesel fuel: $3.099 (Sedona, AZ)

Lowest price paid for diesel fuel: $2.05 (Houston, TX)

Average price for diesel fuel: $2.45

Average miles per gallon: 10.005


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