BBQ, NASA & Boondoggles

Trip Start May 02, 2010
Trip End May 29, 2010

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Houston space centre - NASA

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Thursday, May 6, 2010

We were now awake after our smiling girl so today we went for another walk around the mariner. This morning we only went for about 1/2 hr and we went a bit earlier so it wasn't as hot.

For lunch we picked up Mike from his office and went 'for barbeque' from Grand Prize. BBQ places are everywhere, but its not what we know as BBQ.

Texas BBQ is smoked brisket with a thick tomato based bbq sauce. The boys had 'a super chop sandwich', which is brisket, sausage with sauce on jalapeno and cheese bread.

Caron and I shared a potato with brisket, sausage, cheese, a handful of butter and sour cream. I dug at the potato and brisket bit and was full.
It's a whole new lingo here. What we call BBQ, they call grill.


Well we finally got there... to NASA and Jeff's worst nightmare... going to an attraction without a camera.

Firstly we went on a tour of the facility where we saw the original Mission Control where the Apollo 11 mission was controlled from.
Next stop on the tour was the training facility where the astronauts learn how to use equipment that is in space on a replica space station layout
The last stop was a huge building where they keep an actual Saturn V5 launch rocket which is about 100m long.

We also did a tour inside the main public building which was guided by an ex contractor to NASA with a wealth of experience dating back to the Apollo missions, most notably he headed up the team that chose the sites that the lunar landing modules would land at on the moon.

After these 2 tours we had about an hour left so we looked at some of the displays including a wall of pictures of all the people that have ever been on space missions.

It is truly an amazing place and we would recommend it to anyone visiting Houston.

As we forgot to take our camera we unfortunately don't have any pictures, maybe next time :)


We had a drive around the area near Caron & Mike's that was devastated by Hurricane Ike in Sept 2008. The area is almost at sea-level and much of it was destroyed or had alot of damage. Many people have rebuilt, but there were still a few empty blocks of land with a small amount of scattered debris.

We then headed off for a favourite 'eating spot' of Caron & Mike's, Boondoggles. It's a pub by Clear Lake. We sat outside in the warm sun. Today was about 35C, but it had a nice breeze off the water.
Boondoggles is famous for steamed Snow crab legs. You buy them by the pound.
Friends of Caron & Mike's, Stephanie & Chuck joined us for dinner. It was a beautiful night, yummy food, great company.
Even at 9:30pm it was still 28C. Sorry Nikko to rub it in, but you would just love it here!

Told you Mum. Texas is all about the food.

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Dad on

Love the stories, well written and newsy, was Geoff not allowed to have a camera or did you just forget? Are you enjoying your holiday or spending too much time on the computer?

Christine McMordie on

Whoa man- that BBQ looked scary!

fro-kat on

Dad- I forgot the camera. I left it in Caron's car when I was looking for the tickets... and we only blog at night before bed, so we are enjoying it!!! I just want everyone else to as well.
Chris - The BBQ was great actually, for a one off thing. I couldn't eat like this everyday.

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