Having had some other things to do in La Porte, Texas, I decided to check out Sylvan Beach for the first time. Well, good news/bad news…of course I just “happened” to go when they were getting ready for a huge firework show and event with Clay Walker singing, etc. so the beach was closed! However, good news is that I was allowed to hurry and snap a few quick photos as a favor and will likely return soon 🙂 ! It seemed nice, quite and pretty. Just not sure if that was due to it being closed or not…stay tuned on that part 🙂
As my daughter’s “Hoosier” Dad pointed out recently, the Northern Cardinal is Indiana’s Official State Bird and has been since 1933. However, Indiana is not alone…Illinois, West Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio, North Carolina, and Virginia all choose this as their State Bird! The males are the beautiful red ones, the females are the brown ones with reddish wings. I just think they are beautiful and sound so cheerful! To me, they have always been associated with a sign of good luck and happiness! I always tell my kids, when I see my Red Cardinals, I know it’s a good omen and will be a wonderful day!
The Corps of Engineers agreed to lease a huge piece of land in 1973 to the City of Houston. This is now Cullen Park. It’s over 9,200 acres. The acres however, are chopped up a bit with various access parts into the park. There are baseball fields, soccer fields, pavilions, picnic areas, grills, paved trails, an old, historic cemetery, multiple playground areas, water playground and even an archery range.
Soccer team are always out in full force every weekend
Mary Jo Peckham Park at 5597 Gardenia Lane, Katy, TX 77493 is a beautiful 32 acre park in the heart of Katy, Texas that was built in 1991 and designed to provide fun for children, families, elderly and those with disabilities in mind. Want to play 18 rounds of miniature golf? Either bring your own gear or stop by the community center and borrow a putter and ball from them – FREE! Please call for their hours and rules but pretty sure you still just need a Texas Driver’s License to borrow or use the facilities.
Photo: Micah was having fun at the park with her Mom
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! 🙂 )