Entering Texas: First stop HOUSTON

We left sweet daughter’s after a wonderful Thanksgiving (way too much good food and my first fried turkey) on December 1st heading west.  Our first stop, for two nights is Houston by way of San Jacinto Monument because sweet husband visited it when he was a little boy and wanted to see it again…actually our goal for the museum of art, but it is closed on Monday.

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The column (taller than the Washington Monument [of course]) is an octagonal shaft faced with Texas Cordova shellstone (many millions of years old – formed when Texas was under water – mined in the Austin area – impressive), topped with a 34-foot Texas Lone Star. Sweet husband took the elevator to the top – the monument’s observation deck for a view of Houston and the WWI Battleship Texas. Really the most impressive part of this is learning that a hand full of brave Texans defeated Santa Ana and his whole Mexican army to gain their independence from Mexico.  They were plenty angry after the Alamo.  This victory gained enough land to make what is now Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada and California. Impressive, very impressive!

Next we visited Glenwood Cemetery where sweet husband’s mother is resting.  It was a beautiful day for the visit.  I paid my respects, then left sweet husband to his private time with her.  I filled the time taking pictures of the remarkable memorials in this beautiful, sacred garden.

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The next day we visited the Houston Museum of Art.  I am so impressed with the beautiful art owned by the United States of America.  We have been to a dozen (at least) art museums, none of them disappointing.  A couple of examples below…ENJOY!

From Houston we headed to Austin and the Texas “Hill Country” for another good visit with family.  However, We made a quick stop for lunch with my sweet son-in-law at the River Walk in San Antonio.  He was there at the convention center for a business meeting.

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