Day 187: Landing in Houston, Texas.
Our campground in Dickinson is located about 20 miles southeast of Houston. It is just about right in the middle between Houston and Galveston just a few miles away from Johnson Space Center. We intentionally found a spot there so we would be able to spend the day at the Space Center after we check out in a couple of days. Today, we are headed into Houston.
The drive into Houston can be pretty busy during rush hour. We waited for the morning rush to pass before we headed out.
One of the stores Marlene really wanted to see is a specialty store by Anthropologie. It is called BHLDN (read Beholden). It is Anthropologie’s wedding store. This is 1 of only 2 in the whole country with the other one in Chicago.
I am not sure why she is so excited about going to a wedding store. Maybe she is planning to get married.
Just around the corner is the Houston Apple store. It’s a good place for me and the girls to burn some time while Cinderella there plans her nuptials.
During Marlene’s freshman year in college, she met a friend who later transferred away to another school. Thanks to social networks, she was able to reconnect with her and found out that she had become a surgeon and works in Houston.
Having someone local to point us in the right direction when it comes to food is a real bonus when we are in a new town. We have been through Texas before but did not make it to Houston last time. After a couple of email exchanges with Marlene’s friend Liza, we settled on a great BBQ joint called Goode Company.
It isn’t cheap. Then again, good and authentic BBQ never rarely ever is. Everything here is amazing especially the beef brisket.
It has been many years since Marlene has seen Liza and a first meeting for me and the kids. The girls always love meeting new people and they immediately took a liking to Liza.
With full bellies and some serious reminiscing out of the way, we parted ways with Liza. She is actually contemplating a move back to California so we might be seeing more of her soon.
We have been running scarcely short on our Trader Joe’s supplies so we took the opportunity of the store in Houston to stock up. This one is pretty special. It is located inside an old theater. It had not been a theater for awhile as Trader Joe’s took over the space from a book store that occupied it prior to them. They did however keep a fair amount of the architectural details intact and made it a very unique store.
Well, we have some shopping and sampling to do. We will see you again tomorrow.
over and out,
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