Woodlands Waterway Square

Woodlands Waterway Square is a town-center about 27 miles north of Downtown Houston. There are many fun things to see and do here in Spring, Texas. And FYI, you are about 100 feet higher above sea level than Downtown Houston. You are off the flat coastal plain with lots of tall pines and some real hills !

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The Woodlands Waterway and Waterway Square add a distinctive feature to the downtown area offering both functional and entertainment value to this bustling location. The Waterway connects The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, The Woodlands Marriott Hotel & Convention Center, Waterway Square and The Woodlands Mall. The office buildings located at Waterway Square serve as the home for many of The Woodlands major employers, including Anadarko Petroleum, Woodforest National Bank, U.S. Oncology and American Financial and Automotive Services.”

Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival - April 10 -16, 2016Along the Waterway area is where the The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival  takes place each spring. One of the best in the country, it’s the yearly “Artist Friendly Festival” presented by the The Woodlands Waterway Arts Council.

SEE: The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival 2015The Woodlands Waterway Art Festival 2015 Slideshow

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Reflections Along Eldridge Parkway

Clouds & sky reflections along Eldridge Parkway in west HoustonReflections in Glass on Eldridge Parkway.b.ct.566x487from Wikipedia:

The west side of Houston is known as The Energy Corridor located along Interstate 10 (the Katy Freeway) The area is defined by many energy industry-related companies, such as BP America, Citgo, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil and Shell Oil Company.

Over 26,000 acres of urban park area, the largest outside the National Park System, borders The Energy Corridor. Two parks adjacent to the district include George Bush Park and Bear Creek Pioneers Park

The Energy Corridor contains over 20 million square feet of office space. As of 2012, The Energy Corridor District is the third largest employment center in the region with more than 78,000 employees and consisting of more than 300 international, national and local companies. Many companies use The Energy Corridor District as corporate or regional headquarters including BP America, Citgo, ConocoPhillips, Dow Chemical, ExxonMobil Chemical, Foster Wheeler USA Corporation, Mustang Engineering, Shell Oil Company Exploration and Production, Technip USA and WorleyParsons.

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Toyota Center – Houston’s Downtown Arena

The Toyota Center in Houston is the home of Houston’s NBA Houston Rockets and hosts other events and concerts.

Houston-Downtown-Toyota-Ctr-b.t.ct.700x394This past weekend the Ultimate Fighting Championship came to town for UFC#192. Saturday’s UFC 192 event drew an announced attendance of 14,622 fans for a live gate of $1.859 million.

NBA basketball preseason is upon us with Houston Rockets hosting Dallas Mavericks on October 7th.

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Work Begins on Memorial Park Master Plan

Work begins on Memorial Park Conservancy’s  $200 million Transformational Master Plan at  Houston’s 1,466 acre Memorial Park. The park is almost twice the size of Central Park in New York City.

The Memorial Park Conservancy recently announced that work on the plan will begin in November 2015. The first stage of development is a 113-acre area located north of Memorial Drive that will be called the Eastern Glades. Plans include shifting East Memorial Loop Drive eastward, back towards Downtown Houston, in order to connect a surrounding 83-acres that are currently divided…then this park space between the Crestwood subdivision and Memorial Park Golf Course will become a “passive recreation area” surrounded by a restored savannah and pine-hardwood forest.

Houston-MemorialPark-Trees-ctThe partners in the park project are the Memorial Park Conservancy, the Houston Parks and Recreation Department and the Uptown Houston TIRZ. The Master Plan could take 20 years to complete, assuming funding becomes available for all of the projects.

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Over the Bayou & through Downtown on I-45 South

Interstate I-45 and Buffalo Bayou run through the westside of Downtown Houston.

Houston-Downtown-westside-I45-BuffaloBayou-b.t.ct885x670The “Buffalo Bayou Torches” on I-45 south are 30-foot-tall stainless steel torches that mark the edges of the Bayou as Interstate 45 crosses the waterway. The Bayou runs through the heart of Houston and is home for the Buffalo Bayou Promenade.

The Buffalo Bayou Promenade Park designed by SWA Group for the Buffalo Bayou Partnership solves flooding problems, improves ecological structure and function, and provides Houstonians with access to the urban waterfront.

Buffalo-Bayou-Partnership.300x78Nice article by Timber Press’ Roxi Thoren on the Bayou Park: Landscape of change: Buffalo Bayou Promenade

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SAY WHAT ? – ASTROS in 1st Place in MLB AL WEST !

With 162 games in a LONG regular season, I’m not much of a baseball fan until it
really counts, in October….finally playoff time. So I had to double check when I saw this.  But the Houston Astros are presently 72-58,  good enough for 1st in the AL Western Division. They have the most wins in a season since 2010 and still have about 30 games left to play ! 

Hou-Astros.156x149Wondered how this could be ? Found this very interesting article in USA Today: “Overshifting a huge part of first-place Astros’ success”.

Apparently a key reason is by using a complex statistical model as a guide for their innovative and aggressive defensive shifting on the field. The Astros lead all of baseball with 587 overshifts according to Baseball Info Solutions data . This has helped them become one of the better defensive teams in MLB.

MinuteMaid-Park-2.b.t.ct.823x616WAY TO GO ASTROS !  Minute-Maid-Park-175x174

Always loved that retractable roof at Astros ball field Minute Maid Park. (AKA The Ballpark at Union Station, Enron Field, and Astros Field)

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JUST HORSE’ N AROUND A STAFFORD, TX PASTURE

There are two grazers and a roller out enjoying themselves in a sunny pasture in Stafford, Texas.

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Congratulations to five year old lady BEHOLDER who absolutely smoked all the boys in her 8 1/4 length win in the $1 Million TVG Pacific Classic Stakes at  Del Mar on August 22nd. Her win gives her a 2nd berth to a Breeders Cup Championship Race,  October 30-31, 2015 at Keeneland.

BEHOLDER-TVG-PACIFIC-CLASSIC-Blog.417x256AND Don’t forget to mark your calendars ! – Triple Crown Winner – AMERICAN PHAROAH is heading to Saratoga NY for the 146th Travers Stakes Race on Saturday Aug. 29th. The Travers will go to post at 5:46 pm ET. The Grade 1 race is 1 1/4 miles for 3 Yr. Olds on the Dirt and has a $1.6 Million Purse this year. The draw for post positions is Tuesday Aug. 25th at 5 pm ET. Watch him run on NBC-Tv !

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Reflections Along Clay Street Downtown

It’s a sunny day drive along Clay Street and past the Antioch Missionary Baptist Church in Downtown Houston. Antioch celebrates 150 years in Houston in February 2016. Three Allen Center building is reflected in the glass windows of the building at 1400 Smith Street, with the 1600 Smith Street building rising up behind the church.

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“Amidst the skyscrapers of Houston, Antioch Missionary Baptist Church continues to serve the needs of her people and community, proudly proclaiming the message: Jesus Saves.”

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Galveston’s Hot & Sunny this Weekend !

Time to get away – It’s the weekend, time for some sun, surf and fun ! Check the weather on Seawall Blvd. right now.  Enjoy the weekend !

WeatherUnderGround-Seawall.b.t.214x79Historic Pleasure Pier at 2501 Seawall Blvd
25th & Seawall Blvd

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Galveston Island’s Historic Pleasure Pier Map [LINK]

Featuring waterfront fun and entertainment like no other Gulf Coast destination, the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier features family-oriented attractions including rides, midway games, a wide selection of food venues and retail shops.


Stay at the Hotel Galvez at  2024 Seawall Blvd – Between 19th & Moody Ave.

For more than 100 years, Hotel Galvez & Spa has been pleasing guests from around the world with elegant décor, luxurious service, scenic Gulf Coast event space, and a majestic location across from the water.

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San Luis Resort  & Spa at  522 Seawall Blvd.

Discover unparalleled luxury at The San Luis Resort, Spa & Conference Center, a 32-acre, year-round beachfront hotel and spa resort property on beautiful Galveston Island, Texas

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The Corner of 1600 Smith St. Building

Westside-Bldg-Windows-b.t.ct.373x600The postmodern-style building at 1600 Smith Street is a 732-foot office tower in Downtown Houston and is the 8th tallest building in Houston. The building houses offices of United Airlines, and it was Continental’s headquarters prior to its merger with United Airlines.Chevron Corp occupies almost 30% of the office tower.

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HAPPY #239th INDEPENDENCE DAY USA !

Flying-Flags-on-Fourth-ct.b.t.400x355Ron Paul’s Independence Day Message on July 4 2014

      Remember: The Declaration of Independence served notice to a tyrannical king that the “the good people of these colonies . . . declare” their right to be “FREE AND INDEPENDENT STATES.”

      The colonists had had enough authoritarian government and were not going to put up with it any longer. The crucial question that we must ask ourselves is: what would the Founders think of what we tolerate from our government’s abuse of our liberties today?

      My bet is that, not only would they be shocked, but they would be ashamed as well. An argument can be made that liberty is in greater jeopardy today than it was in 1776. Hopefully soon we will have enough support to send a loud and clear message to Washington for establishing TRUE LIBERTY in our land.

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Wharton, Texas & County Courthouse

Downtown view of Wharton, Texas

Downtown-Wharton_Texas-b.t.ct.780x490Wharton is a city in Wharton County, Texas, sixty miles southwest of Houston.  Population was 8,832 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Wharton County and is located on the Colorado River of Texas just south of U.S. Highway 59 . The area now known as Wharton was part of the Caney Run mail route established by the Republic of Texas in 1838. The community was named after two leaders in the struggle for Texas independence, brothers John and William Wharton. The plantation community was first settled in 1846 by some of Stephen F. Austin’s original colonists, and a post office was established in 1847. The first lieutenant governor of Texas, Albert Horton, was an early settler. Land for a courthouse named Monterey Square was given from the land grant of William Kincheloe, one of Stephen F. Austin’s Old 300 colonists who settled in this area in 1822.

Wharton County Courthouse

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Rainy Day at Main & Preston

Another rainy day in Houston at Main Street & Preston. METRORail Red Line runs along Main in the Historic part of Downtown Houston. The tall building in background is the Hotel Icon originally built in 1911 as the Union National Bank Building, one of the state’s most prominent financial institutions at the time.

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Favorite-Places.300x119 REAL PHOTOS of some of my FAVORITE PLACES outside of Texas