Monday, June 30, 2008


Houston is a giant city - 4th largest in the U.S. It's the hub of the oil industry and only a few hours from the border, so millionaires and Mexican restaurants abound.

This photo was taken without permission from the Houston Wikipedia page.

Houston is Oilman country, and this "Nobama - Drill Here, Drill Now" pickup truck that passed us characterizes the prevailing ideology. Not surprisingly, you have to drive past dozens of miles of petroleum refineries and chemical plants to get there from the direction we came.

So what brought us to Houston? A visit with Carisa and Clay, and their daughter Abby! Carisa is one of Carley's good friends from High School, and it's always great to catch up with her.

Dinner at Lupe Tortilla was superb, with tasty margaritas, excellent fajitas, outdoor seating...

...and a cool sandbox playground for the kids!

At 2 years old, Abby is quite a character - endlessly charming and impressive. Rowan was completely smitten, and was still saying her name at the end of our trip 3 weeks later.

Abby can even play the harmonica!

Abby was happy to share her toys and even her bath with Rowan.

The next morning a dip in the neighbor's pool was delightfully refreshing... was a session in Clay and Carisa's legendary massage chair.

"Until we meet again...a kiss!"

On to Austin, Texas

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