After meeting up with my niece in Corpus Christi about her upcoming wedding, it was sadly time to head home…but wait…I saw a sign for a park….(swerve….) so let’s visit Harbor Point Park in Aransas Pass, Texas! I’d say it was “on the way home” but only if you plan on a round-about way…oh well…still…
Time for a photo “roundup”… it’s so unique to Houston to be able to have a bustling city atmosphere and then 3 minutes later see Longhorns – gotta love Houston! 🙂
El Gato Coffee House in Houston, Texas is the first of its kind here! I love the concept!! Grab a cup a coffee and hang out and love on some cats, or better yet…adopt a new family member! Allow me to explain….
“El Gato Coffeehouse is Houston’s first cat cafe, partnered with the Houston Humane Society. Our mission is to provide a comfortable environment for adoptable cats until they find their furever home. If guests aren’t looking to adopt, they can enjoy cat therapy, which also helps socialize the cats.
The Cat Cottage houses our adoptable resident gatos. There is an hourly cover to play with the adoptable cats which includes complimentary coffee. Booking online is strongly recommended to guarantee your spot at your desired time and to avoid a wait. Stay tuned for updates on our full-service cafe coming at a later date.” (Source: www.elgatocoffeehouse.com)
Today we are off to see Stephen F. Austin State Park – less than an 30-45 minute drive from Houston and a great place to camp!
While I didn’t go camping on this outting, I included some photos from when my daughter and I and our pups went camping in 2015. We had a blast camping there and did some geocaching there too. Let me tell ya…finding a micro-geocache is hard (full credit to my daughter finding that one!)!!! The trails there are well-kept and plenty of birds can be spotted here too…especially my red cardinals 🙂
(Above photo: Black-crowned Night-Heron)
Above Photo: Gwen, a happy adopted pup rescue from South Texas Labrador Rescue adopted by Michael Graves and family.
Today we visit Congressman Bill Archer Dog Park in Houston, Texas. The dog park is 17 acres of pup bliss. There’s a small dog section with an agility area, large pond and walking path of .29 miles, 2 covered sitting areas, restrooms (located outside the park at far end of parking lot), for humans, plenty of mini fire hydrants and waste bags throughout to help you clean after your pup and doggie showers once you’re done. The area for the big pups has the same amenities but with .81 miles of walking paths and a larger play area.
Above: Nile Crocodile
I first learned of Crocodile Encounter while at a recent festival. I was so incredibly blown away by Mr. Leonard Brown and Andrew Austin’s presentation, that contacting Mr. Chris Dieter, Owner of Crocodile Encounter seemed the next logical step. He was kind enough to agree to meet me on Sunday, May 7, 2017 so I drove about 1 hour to Angleton, Texas meet Mr. Dieter and see the actual facility in person.
P.S. I PROMISE your kids and YOU will LOVE it!!!
What a cool place! I can’t believe I’ve never been here before!!! The Armand Bayou Nature Center at 8500 Bay Area Blvd, Pasadena, Texas 77507 is a wonderful place to go visit for yourself or take the kiddos! Note: Third Sunday in Nature, a FREE Admission Day underwritten by DOW Chemical.
“In 1835 Colonel James Morgan was appointed agent for a company called the New Washington Association. He immediately purchased for the company an enormous quantity of land in Harrisburg, Liberty & the point at the mouth of the San Jacinto River & Galveston Bay. Here he laid out the town of New Washington (later to become Morgan’s Point). The company brought a number of Scottish highlanders & free blacks from New York, including Emily D. West (the legendary Yellow Rose of Texas) to the colony.” (Source: City of Morgan’s Point)