If you happen to be visiting the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Texas then you have an added bonus…and it’s…FREE (my favorite four letter word!)!! Lillie and Hugh Roy Cullen have done lots of generous things for our city and here is another one! The Sculpture Garden! It’s not huge – maybe 1 acre I’d guess, but it’s nice to take a leisure stroll through the garden and see what’s there. The garden was designed by American. Isamu Noguchi, who was a famous artist himself. He was a famous sculptor, furniture maker, lamp designer and landscape architect. (Noguchi sounds like he did it ALL…well, sorta like eh um a Mom! Yes, I’m in a silly mood)
Enjoy a moment of tranquility!
Thanks for visiting and if you have any places in/near Houston you’d like me to visit, just let me know in the comment section below!
Saturday, April 1, 2017 was the Grand Opening of The Kickerillo-Mischer Preserve at 20215 Chasewood Park Drive, Houston, Texas 77070. It’s an 80 acre park with approximately 40 of the acres being Marshall Lake. There is a nice, wide, paved 1.7 mile trail that surrounds the lake along with beautiful trees. Various members of Harris County Precinct 4 worked diligently with the help of Prestonwood Forest Utility District and the generous land donation by Vincent Kickerillo and Kickerillo Companies and Walt Mischer, Jr., Mischer Investments. Harri County Commissioner of Precinct 4, Mr. Jack Cagle was instrumental in getting this project completed along with Dennis Johnston, Harris County Precint 4 Parks Administrator, Jim Robertson and so many more that were mentioned at the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony that I couldn’t remember everyone – but thanks to all!!!
I had never been to a Preserve or Park’s Grand Opening so I decided this would be a first! So happy I went! There were free Pontoon Boat rides around the lake, free canoe rides, Multiple passenger Golf Cart rides around the 1.7 mile trail, cookies, sodas, water, food trucks, scavenger hunts and booths illustrating more about our parks, etc. I was fortunate enough to ride the second Pontoon boat I believe and had a super nice guide telling us more about the park and future plans including its’ eventual connection to the 100 Acre Wood Preserve. He said an alligator, bald eagle, beaver and lots of birds have already been spotted. I believe he was also a part of “Trails as Parks” which I plan to further explore as apparently if you can gather a group of 10 or more you are really able to capitalize on their services such as the pontoon boat ride, etc.
Anyway, had a blast – here’s the photos!
Thanks to everyone for the Grand Opening but more importantly, another great park and Preserve!
Until next time…thanks for visiting!!
Elizabeth and Max (he said it was too hot out for him to tag along-he’s such a spoiled little pup! 🙂 )
Sunday, March 26th I headed out to Houston’s 4th Annual Kite Festival. I had previously thought…a kite festival? fun? maybe? Until I went the first time!! What a blast to see all the people and their families having good, old fashion fun and enjoying the outdoors!! Everyone truly seemed to be having a great time! Tons of brightly colored kites all around you and both little ones and big kids (like me), zipping around with their kites (hopefully) airborne, great, local entertainment, cowboys and butterfly people on stilts walking around, food trucks, vendor booths, crafts for the kids, dancing contests, you name it!
I thought I’d reach back into an old road trip album to show your these cool “Tree Spirit” carvings by sculpture, Keith Jennings. Jennings started with a tree in his backyard in 1982 and then was later commissioned to do his interesting and wonderful carving works in St. Simons Island which is right of the coast of Georgia. Each tree carving took 2-4 days. This is their locations. Here is the Facebook link.
Hope you enjoyed! Leave a comment and thanks for visiting!!
Saturday, I went to the Houston Holi Festival. Several of my blogger friends have mentioned “Happy Holi” so I wanted to share in the experience! The festival was a blast! People throw or rub colored powder on one another as a token of love, togetherness, forgiveness and restoration of relationships of all kinds. From what I have researched, the idea behind this is that in color we are all one and the same…no, skin color, economical, religious, etc. separates us. I like that! Plus it was just super fun to see all those colors all over everyone and people just having fun like children! There was also a ton of vendor booths with Indian foods, merchandise and lots of great entertainment!! The crowd was all smiles and fun!! The Bollywood performances were really a hit too!!
Holi is derived from the word “hola” the meaning of which is to offer prayers to the gods for good harvest.
Color symbolization that I’ve found so far are: Green: Nature, Blue: Life and Power, Yellow: Healing and Holiness, Red: Opulence, Fertility, White: Purity and Serenity.
Please let me know if I got anything wrong as this was a first for me :).
…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!!)