The following posts about our trip will not be in real time, as we have already been at our final destination of Warren, NJ for a over a week now.
I started writing this post about Houston while we were there:
The last two days of our journey have been spent blissfully doing nothing but lounging at our cousins’ beautiful Houston home.
It’s for sale if you are looking to buy in Houston: http://www.trulia.com/property/3059821734-1333-Ashland-St-Houston-TX-77008
We love this place so much–if we were looking to relocate here and could afford it, we would scoop it up! It’s absolutely the kind of home we are hoping to have for ourselves someday…on the first level there are beautiful hardwood floors with an open family and living area, large kitchen with breakfast nook, a screened in back porch with a lounge swing perfect for relaxing as we watch the kiddos splash in the salt water pool. Upstairs has three bedrooms and a cozy lounge area. The master bedroom has double doors that open to a balcony and the master bath has a separate jacuzzi tub.
This is why we haven’t ventured out in two days except to take baby Pip for a walk through the Historic Heights neighborhood, stopping at Boomtown coffee on 19th St. and enjoying a delicious El Gordo Afro Gato, made with ice cream from another local spot called Fat Cat Creamery. This was one of “8 Must-Try Coffee Desserts in Houston” according to Zagat in 2014: https://www.zagat.com/b/houston/coffee-desserts#8
On the third day we finally ventured out and went with the cousins and their three kids under the age of three (twin boys who are just over 2 years old, and 9 month old Pippa) to Old MacDonald’s Farm, a petting zoo with goats, pigs, sheep and horses for the kids to ride. http://oldmacdonaldshumble.com/
It was fun to see the boys excited and watch them interact with the animals, but the heat was a bit too much, and it was only the beginning of May.
Early the next morning we left for Birmingham, AL to visit Di’s friends and ventured into the deep south. Overall, traveling through Texas was not as scary as I had imagined it to be, and the people were all very friendly. Austin was, of course, closest to our queer sensibilities and we had a great time walking around SoCo (South Congress), shopping and eating and more than one fellow queer lady commented on Di’s Tegan and Sara t-shirt. I was also impressed to learn that Houston had a lesbian mayor (Annise Parker) up until the end of last year, who served three two-year terms.