We stayed on the north side of San Antonio last night. We had
Marble Slab ice cream and we found a AAA office nearby. This morning
we went out to the AAA office to get maps of Texas, Houston, and
Louisiana. I figured we knew our way around San Antonio so I wouldn't
need one of those. Oops!
On the way to AAA we found a Christian bookstore, so we backtracked
there to shop for the book Mary is looking for. I also bought a
bookmark and a gift for a friend back home ... someone's going to
get a surprise later this week!
We ate at Karam's mexican restaurant again. We got lost twice trying
to find the freeway exit, but eventually I found a street that looked
familiar and we got there. We had lunch this time instead of dinner
(no margaritas because we have a long drive ahead of us), and it
doesn't seem as good as last time. But still good!
The ride from San Antonio to Houston was pretty boring. Not ugly,
and there were occasional patches of wildflowers along the freeway,
yellow, then blue, and a little orange-red, but the closer you get
to Houston, the flatter it gets, and the road is perfectly straight.
I-10 backed up and stopped almost dead on the west side of town, so
we got off and tried surface streets. That side of town is pretty
with lots of grass and lots of parks. Eventually we found our way to
a toll freeway, and the toll takers gave us good directions how to
get to the Space Center.
After checking in to a hotel in Webster, we followed the advice of
the hotel manager and headed down the road to Kemah, a little town
with a boardwalk and lots of seafood. Not quite as far as Galveston,
but still we didn't get there in time to see the sunset. Rats. Had
dinner at Joe's Crab Shack ("Eat at Joes"). We sat outside because
it was warm but not too hot. A little muggy, though. The truck was
wet when we returned to it. Anyway, the food was good, but I wouldn't
send anyone out of their way to eat there.
Tomorrow we will visit the Johnson Space Center here in a little
town just south of Houston. We would also like to visit the Cockrell
Butterfly Center at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, but it
is near downtown and after seeing the traffic today, we're wary of
venturing in that far. It might also be too much to visit both in
one day, but we could stay here a second night if need be. This hotel
is a little expensive, though.