Winter 2008


December 14 Update


We arrived in Princeton, TX, east of Dallas on October 24 and spend four days exploring the area including South Fork Ranch, home of the 1980's TV series "Dallas" and Dealey Plaza in downtown Dallas.  South Fork was interesting as it was a nice way to spend a beautiful fall afternoon and we have become hooked on the series CDs.  It is definitely smaller than it appeared on TV but worth the visit!  The visit to Dealey Plaza, where President John F Kennedy was shot was very moving.  In all the historical places we've visited, this was probably the most sobering as this is an event that happened in our lifetime.  The street is marked where the President was shot and we looked at it from different angles.  Afterwards, we toured The Sixth Floor Museum which was very impressive and well done.  Thanks to Bob's friend Mike for suggesting we visit.  We enjoyed wandering through Dallas' west end and had smoothies at the top of the Hilton while enjoying a 360 degree panoramic view of the city.  While in the Princeton area, we camped at Hidden Acres RV Park, a small but well maintained campground whose owner was a wealth of information on the area, especially local eating establishments!


View of the book repository from the street where Kennedy was shot.


Picture of Southfork ranch.                                                                          Bob next to the pool at Southfork.



On October 28 (son Mike's birthday!) we drove to Tomball, TX our winter home.  We are now officially "Winter Texans"!  We are about 20 miles north of Houston and our long-time friends Bill, Deb & Adam.  We have a nice site with a lovely view of the trees out our picture window.  We are again walking every morning and trying to ride bikes several times a week.  We are settling in and finding our way around the area.  Our first weekend here, we traveled with Bill & Deb to San Antonio for a weekend marching band contest--my how those have changed in 40 years!  We enjoyed the contest and touring San Antonio which is such a pretty city.  We visited the Alamo and enjoyed the downtown River Walk.


Pictures: Corral RV Park & San Antonio River Walk.


Pictures: Characters ourside the Almo, Picture of the Alamo (don't know who is posing in front!)



November 10 found us in downtown Houston for the Western Conference MLS (Major League Soccer) finals between the Houston Dynamo and the Kansas City Wizards.  The stadium was packed and the crowd remained on their feet for the entire game!  It was great fun to see the fans really get into the game, and especially great that Houston won!  They will face the New England Revolution in Washington, DC this coming weekend (which the Dynamo won!).


We enjoyed Thanksgiving with Deb's family who welcomed us like their own.  The first Saturday in December we enjoyed "Dickens on the Strand" in Galveston; an annual street festival.  The weather was perfect and we saw many people in period costume.  Kathy had her picture taken with Father Christmas; Bob & Bill toured a tall ship, we enjoyed strolling carols and some entertaining shows.  Last week son Eric was in Austin for a conference, so we were able to spend an evening with him, enjoying a nice dinner and visit, and walking around the city to enjoy the sights.  We toured the Zelker Botanical Gardens, the LBJ Library and the Texas State Museum.  We saw the State Capitol which is an absolutely beautiful building.


We will be returning to Indiana next week for Christmas with our family.  We wish each of you a safe & blessed holiday.