NASA, we got the BIG CHEESE!!!!
Trip Start Feb 13, 2009
9Trip End Feb 22, 2009
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We are now navigating Houston's vast highway system like the locals. I-45 south toward NASA. Crazy drivers everywhere, including us, making Miami drivers run for their money.
Finally, we are here at NASA /Johnson Space Center. How exciting!!! But the excitement is short lived... as soon we see the ticket booths, we see the cheese setting in. Big tourist trap!!! Hey... we are not leaving. After all, NASA is on top of our list. We came far away to Houston just for this. Great, pratically everything is closed here. Even NASA take the weekend off. What are we thinking... they are making Kennedy Space Center in Florida looking better every minute...
But there is more to this place, we are heading toward the country's tallest obelisk with the Lone Star on top, San Jacinto Monument. This is far more interesting than anything we see thus far today. This impressive monument is sitting by the San Jacinto Battle Field, surrounding 25% of the U.S. oil refineries. It seems odd and out of place for such an iconic monument of Texas. This tall structure has the height equivalent to 50 storeys tall, imagine the amount of exercise we get from hiking this place. It takes 35 seconds to get on top via elevator. Great view of the oil refineries. This is far more interesting than NASA/Johnson Space Center for sure....
The sun is setting we are heading for San Antonio!!! Oh...wait a minute...what sun?
..the drive to San Antonio is taking forever. About four hours given take... a bit less for Kim's lead foot. The scenery is not so inspiring. It is dark by the time we get there... finally, San Antonio is on the horrizon. Light and civilization are in sight. We are getting a good vibe here. Night life, neon light, familiar names: Hard Rock Cafe, Starbucks. What else can we ask for?
Now, I need to find a place to park. Hotel's parking costs about 2 arms and 1 leg... forget that. Another parking garage a few blocks away for much less, but still keep us in the center of action.
By the time we settle, it is about 11:00PM. It's time to get some dinner. What open at this time? Not so many, specially near by. Hotel staff recommendation a Mexican restaurant on the River-Walk, Rio Rio, opens 24-hour and few minutes on foot. Burrito is he recommendation. We take a wrong turn and end up in front of Alamo's door steps. Amazing!!! Not as we imaging it would be... Back track ourselves and we are now at Rio Rio. Keith is going for enchilads con mole, yuck! Not a wise choice... Kim's burrito is too big. We are full with only a few bites. The lively night life on the river, what left of it, brings us excitement. Who needs food!!! As we are eating, small droplets of rain start to fall... the weather is colder than we thought.