The Commemorative Air Force Houston Wing and Museum-Houston, Texas

What a cool experience it was to visit The Commemorative Air Force Houston Wing at 18000 Groschke Road, Hanger #B-5, Houston, Texas 77084.  My only complaint…that I didn’t allow enough time to visit it longer as I had a party to attend.  

“The Commemorative Air Force honors the men and women who built, maintained, and flew in these airplanes   during World War II. The organization believes that is best accomplished by maintaining the airplanes in flying condition; taking the airplanes to the people allowing them to experience the sight and sound of the aircraft in flight.” (Source:  www.houstonwing.org)

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The museum is open on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month from 10am – 3pm. Telephone Number is 281-579-2131

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The Fairchild PT-19 “Cornell” 

The Houston Wing is based at West Houston Airport, in Houston, Texas, USA. The Wing has six CAF aircraft assigned – Lockheed C-60A “Lodestar”, North American AT-6 “Texan”, Consolidated-Vultee BT-13 “Valiant”. Naval Aircraft Factory N3N “Yellow Peril”, Fairchild PT-19A “Cornell” and a major restoration project, a North American L‑17 Navion

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Yale Grill and Gifts in the Historic Houston Heights Area in Houston, Texas – Step Back in Time to 1923!

My awesome sister gets all the credit for this discovery! Yale Grill and Gifts has been a Houston landmark since 1923!!!! This was back when Corn Flakes cost .10 cents for an 8 oz. package, a pound of bread was a mere .08 cents, the first issue of Time magazine was published and flapper style clothing was in vogue.  I’d guess this makes it one of, if not THE oldest diner in Houston!  Once inside you’ll notice half of the place is the diner and half an antique store.  The part that is now Lovejoys Antiques and Collectibles used to house the long gone Yale Pharmacy. Continue reading “Yale Grill and Gifts in the Historic Houston Heights Area in Houston, Texas – Step Back in Time to 1923!”

BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir

Still sick so I am “recycling” this older post for those that have never seen it 🙂 … hope to have new content soon 🙂

BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Stafford, Texas is breathtaking! It’s a place of traditional Hindu worship but respectful visitors are allowed.  The exterior is made of Turkish Limestone and interior of Italian Marble.  The hand carvings are stunning as you can see in the photos below.  It’s truly a sight to behold and worth a visit!

Note:  Mandir basically means a temple or place of worship.  There is a souvenir shop and plenty of photo ops!

Advice:  Check the Visitor Guidelines before you leave please to be sure you are dressed appropriately, etc.

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Goose Island State Park – Rockport, Texas

Still driving home from visiting with my niece in Corpus Christi, Texas and my 3 hour drive is now approaching an 8 hour drive instead, due to my many pit stops! This was the last one though.  

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Welcome to Goose Creek Island State Park 🙂 

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The Little Toyota Truck Saw A Sign That Said “Rockport Texas Beach”…And His Steering Wheel Suddenly Had A Mind Of His Own!(MUST Have Been The Truck’s Fault As I Was Already Late Getting Back Home :)

How do you turn a simple 3 hour car drive from Corpus Christi, Texas to Houston into a 8 hour trip?? Have me at the wheel!!! I see an interesting billboard, sign, etc. and off I go getting distracted….fun! (Swerve! Detour!)!

I didn’t ever make time for the beach while in Corpus, so a quick drive through of Rockport Beach surely wouldn’t affect my drive time tooooo much right?! (Well, let’s not mention the other stop at Harbor Point Park ..opps!…or the others…)

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The weather was a little funky but still….HAD to stop here!!!

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Rockport, Texas -Tule Hike And Bike Trail (am I ever going to get home?!)

Yep, this is my crazy, distracted brain in action….the task today, after wedding planning with my niece, was to drive the 3 hours to get back home…seems simple enough right?! Nope…I see anything that looks like it should be further investigated and bam…off I go…am I ever going to make it home?! Not the way I tend to veer off on my mini adventures! 🙂 

I drove past this cool little park and spun back around to check it out…  The 1.08 trail has 10 foot wide concrete paths that will take you through lots of beautiful Live Oak trees and of course you will see Tule Creek.

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Tania Botelho, Visual Artist in Houston, Texas

While checking out the Second Saturday at Sawyer Yards, I had the honor of meeting Ms. Tania Botelho a Visual Artist.  Ms. Botelho is a married, (sorry guys) and has one dog. When I asked Tania her advice for aspiring artist she answered, Believe in your work, do not feel down with critics, do not feel vain with praise and be obstinate as art will demand a lot of work from you!!”

“Art is my weapon and I want to use it as a way to speak for the minorities that can’t speak or don’t know how to do it for themselves.”

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Can You see Me?

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Russian General Store in Houston, Texas

Today I had the pleasure of entering the Russian General store in Houston, Texas and having the chance to sit down and speak with Mr. Alexander Kogan while his business partner, Ms. Anna Levitin tended to the business, they have shared for over 20 years! Ms. Levitin is a bit shy and didn’t wish to be photographed, although you’ll have to trust me that she is quite the attractive lady!  Smart as a whip too according to Mr. Kogan! I think he feels a bit badly that she’s been taking on so much more than her fair share of the work load since he became ill as he mentioned his gratitude more than once toward Ms. Anna Levitin.  Very touching to see these two friends in business together still after so many years.  What a team!

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Mr. Alexander Kogan – Partner/Owner of The Russian General Store
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Three Dimensional Visions and Carol Simon Studio in Houston, Texas

I’d like to call my guests today the Queens of Glass! Meet Ms. Sally Pennington Moore, Artist and Owner of Three Dimensional Visions and Ms. Carol Simon, Artist of Carol Simon Studio.  You’ll soon see why I want to call them Queens of Glass!!!

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Sally Pennington Moore, Artist and Owner of Three Dimensional Visions with “Summer Skies”-Artist, Patrick Kerry Brown

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Diane Gelman – Visual Artist At The Silos Sawyer Yards In Houston, Texas

I like fun and whimsical….that is exactly what you will find in Diane Gelman’s studio at The Silos at Sawyer Yards in Houston, Texas at 1502 Sawyer Street, Studio 209, Houston, TX 77007 and did I mention mad talent? Yep…that too! 🙂 

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