We have Hoots friends here in Houston, Scott and Lise Wagner and their son Brooks. Brooks is a mobile RV Service Tech and he is going to do a little warranty work on our coach while we are here. Scott and Lise live nearby and we spend some wonderful time with them at their home and join them for dinner at a local Italian Restaurant.
Houston is also home to Ron and Kelly Mears, they are friends of ours from New England that have relocated to the Land Of Oil. They join us at our campsite and tour our home before taking us out to The Taste Of Texas, a fabulous upscale Steakhouse in Houston. Wow! Dinner was excellent!
We have a few days here and Ellen has found a list of 20 Free Things To Do And See In Houston, so off we go to pick off a few of these places. We visit the Art Car Museum which is very unique and features an eclectic mix of modern art and vehicle sculptures. The Art Car movement is strong in Houston and they feature an Art Car Parade in April. Check it out at TheHoustonArtCarParade.com .
We stop downtown at the Gerald Hines Waterwall, a massive curved wall with water running down the face nestled into an urban park setting. It is very beautiful and creates a relaxing environment amidst the hustle and bustle of downtown city life.
We did have one very special experience while in Houston. Several years ago Ellen had the rare opportunity to visit the Taj Mahal on a visit to India. She has found a local Hindu Temple here in Houston so that I can also capture some of that experience. The architecture, hand carvings and reflecting pool are beyond belief! We happen to be visiting during a special holy celebration and before you know it we are guided inside the temple for a religious mass and are experiencing Hindu culture up close and personal, the men are separated from the women, the language is foreign with gestures and bowing and we have no idea what we are doing. It is so surreal but everyone is very nice to us and are so happy that we joined them for this celebration. It was an interesting experience that Ellen had to immediately share with her friends back in India.