Adventures in Birds is a wonderful place that’s one of a kind in Houston! Opened in 1980, this is a bird lover’s paradise!
This is the signage at 7414 Westview Drive, Houston, Texas 77055
My camera couldn’t capture ALL of the bird cages!!
You’ll see this sign at 7414 Westview Drive, Houston, TX 77055 to welcome your arrival. There are so many bird cages there my lens couldn’t capture it all!
This little one was visiting for grooming while I was there. The lovely couple had him for over 20 years!!
If you are in the Houston area and looking for bird grooming, need to safely board your feathered buddy or want to get a new friend, why not support this independent instead of some big chain store – these people care and are very knowledgeable! My Dad went to them for years for his African Grey or I may not have known they existed! Great place to visit and fulfill all your birding needs!
Thanks as always for taking time out of your day to stop and visit!
Elizabeth and Max (who is a bit scared of birds so he passed on this trip).
As promised – Part II of my trip to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo…minus the rodeo as I haven’t decided if I want to deal with the traffic in order to see the Rodeo and Concert yet. Saw Kid Rock last time I went a few years ago and he was great! Then, back a million years ago, I saw KC and The Sunshine Band there back when they were popular, (and he was hot :)) – wow, I’m dating myself now!! Just to put it in perspective, in 2016 the total attendance was 2,462,030 for the Rodeo Season.
This year’s concerts, held immediately after the rodeo each evening feature these artists: Banda El Recodo, Siggno, ZZ Top, Fifth Harmony, Willie Nelson, Thomas Rhett, Luke Bryan, Demi Lovato, Sam Hunt, Alan Jackson, The Chainsmokers, Alicia Keyes, Chris Stapleton, Aaron Watson, Cody Johnson, Zac Brown Band, Brad Paisley, Dierks Bentley, Chris Young, Blink-182, and Florida Georgia Line. (Would love to see Alicia Keyes!! But good luck on those tickets/price!).
Oh, there’s also the traditional Bar-B-Que Contest each year before the Rodeo begins to kick off the rodeo and it’s VERY competitive!!! Typically 250 team entrants or so – this year’s Grand Champion Overall, Champion Ribs winner was American Royal Winner – Iowa’s Smokey D’s BBQ, Darren Warth (Chief Cook). The winner gets a belt buckle, trophy and banner.
Before the Rodeo begins there is also a massive Trail Ride and YES, they ride all these horses, carriages, etc. right down the major streets of Houston – from various starting points and will eventually end up in the parade, which I missed, but it was in early March. It’s quite the site to see in Houston traffic! One of the Trail Riding Teams, Los Vaqueros Rio Grande rides for 333 MILES from Hidalgo, Texas!!! Ouch!!! They began February 25th and arrived March 3rd!!!! My behind hurts even thinking about that trip!!!
Ok, so on to the Livestock show we go….
Until next time, Cowgirl Elizabeth and Cowpup Max wish ya’ll happy trails 🙂 – (sorry, couldn’t resist being cheesy!)
Every year since 1932, Houston hold’s the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Since then, it has given $430 MILLION to Texas kids.
(Taken from The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo’s website)
2017 EDUCATIONAL COMMITMENT
Graduate Assistantships: $525,400
Educational Program Grants: $3,614,360
Junior Show Exhibitors/Calf Scramble Participants: $7,653,750
“The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo was organized for charitable, educational and scientific purposes to encourage and promote the breeding, raising and marketing of better livestock and farm products at public fairs and to promote and maintain research and educational functions within the livestock industry.”
This year I just decided to check out the Livestock Show and Carnival and skip the rodeo. My post was filled with so many photos, I broke it down to Food and Carnival, then Part II will be inside the Livestock Show area. No Rodeo photos yet as I’m still undecided.
The little kids (and this big kid…me) enjoyed the petting zoo but the Kangaroo is certainly random and not exactly “Texas like” but still – super adorable!!
Cute place to stick your hand under the horses chin to activate the water to wash your hands afterwards (preferably before too) and cute places for photo ops with the kids throughout the event.
Stay tuned for PART II and thanks as always for visiting!
My perfect little pup, Max (co-author of this blog), is a rescue dog. I thank God for him everyday and can’t imagine life without my buddy!!
Every year now for the past 7 years, there’s an event in Houston, Texas called Doggie Party On The Plaza. This year it’s April 1, 2017 – the 8th event – yea! If you love dogs, you have to go and bring your best friend with ya!!
Here are a few of my older photo’s but I hope to make it this year to see all the cuties!!! The “Rescue Me” Parade begins at 2:30pm and the pups and floats are all always adorable! As usual, Citizen’s For Animal Protection will be there as will Rover Oaks Pet Resort, which are of course personal favorites of mine as without both of them I wouldn’t have my best buddy today..Max!! I try to support them both any time I am able! You can get a FREE 5″x7″ photo of you and your best friend, watch the parade, see what over 80 vendors have to offer, participate in the K9 Costume Contest, visit “Rescue Row” and learn about our city’s various rescue organizations and learn how you can help, get some FREE give-aways, eat, drink, get your face painted, play games, watch demonstrations and just have fun walking around and seeing all the cute pups!!!
P.S. Just sayin’ Citizen’s For Animal Protection has a link on their site under the DONATE tab where you are able to set up recurring monthly, quarterly or annual donations of ANY amount and I know every cent helps 🙂 or you can do a one time donation. Thank you folks out there that are doing whatever you can to help out in ANY capacity to help Rescues!!
Thanks for taking your time to read this and helping these pups!
…because my awesome daughter and new, wonderful son-in-law gave me a Texas State Park Pass so it’s free for 1 year for me to visit all the Texas State Parks! 🙂 Go me – I LOVE my gift!!! Lots of the parks are close enough for me to do a day trip but camping is on soon!!
If you’ve been following me, you now know that nearby is the Naskila Gaming (slot casino) and Johnson’s Rock Shop if you wanted to do a few other things close by while visiting Lake Livingston 🙂 – I wanted to visit Lake Tombigbee Campgrounds, which is also close by but couldn’t cram it all in one day.
Enjoy some good ole fishing and relax!
Note: (taken from Lake Livingston State Park’s Facebook):
Lake Livingston State Park is hosting a special Birds of Prey program March 26.
A falconer will showcase hawks, falcons and eagles and demonstrate how these ‘masters of the sky’ spot and catch their prey.
What’s a girl to do when she sees a gator a mere 2 feet from her?? Yep, take a photo (sssh…don’t tell my children as they were mad at me last time I did this :)). That said, I was pretty much shocked as later in the day, I saw a grandfather position his 7 (ish) year old granddaughter about the same distance as I was earlier in the day with her back to the gator for a photo! Guess I felt it was one thing for me-an adult to have “risky behavior” but not a kid!!! Luckily, Grandma came trudging along and well, Grandpa should feel fortunate HE’s still alive – if looks could kill, well…Grandma was NOT happy about the “photo shoot”!
Anyway, the day at Brazos Bend State Park in Needville, TX was slightly humid and sky’s kept looking like rain all day but I only got drizzle a time or two. Sorry, the photos reflect the yucky but fun day. Now it’s time to soak my feet!!! I’m exhausted!!
P.S. This park also has the George Observatory – it’s pretty incredible to see the moon from there on a clear night!!! (And I’m not even all that “into” that but it REALLY is cool!!)
Discovery Green holds a special place in my heart. My Dad was the first person to tell me about it. He had read all the articles I’m sure ever written about the new downtown park by then (he was an avid reader), about it and how it was getting ready to open and that we HAD to go see it!! I think I get my sense of adventure from my Dad. Even in his later years, but before he could no longer live alone, he’d still come up with little mini-adventures (as by then he’d tire easily) for me to take him on (we’d joke about him being Ms. Daisy from Driving Ms. Daisy), but he’d always have some kind of agenda for us when I’d go to his apartment to get his laundry, shopping and errands done for him each week. Of course as his “driver” when he’d get these inspirations – it would often end in semi-disaster as he’d get the directions wrong or something crazy would happen to us in the process but we both agreed that’s what made life fun! I really miss him and all the places we’d discover together! Enjoy the park!!! 🙂
The featured photo is of Jean Dubuffet’s creation and is a part of his Hourloupe series, which are in New York, Chicago and Europe too. It’s made of a steel frame and painted fiberglass. loosely translated, the “Monument Au Fantome” means imaginary city or phantom city.
Discovery Green was a huge part of Superbowl LI with tons of things to do during the weeks before the Superbowl. I stayed clear of it though during that time as it was way too crowded for this chick :). However, there is plenty to do there on a regular basis!! Outdoor movies, concerts, special events, mist tree, shuffleboard court, putting green, Boccee courts, playgrounds, jogging trails, listening vessels, reading room, a small dog park, and various art is throughout the park, here is a map of the park. Ice skating in the winter and yoga classes and tons more of activities held at Discovery Green – just head over to their site and see! Good place to people watch too!
A Professor of Art for the University of Texas at Austin, Margo Sawyer, came up with these colorful pieces that are painted with drilling platform paint. She also participated in the planning of the park.