I jumped on I-10, after breakfast with Tanya in San Antonio, and sat back for the easy 200ish mile ride to Houston to visit a couple of family members I hadn’t seen in several years. First up was an overnight stop at my nephew Philip’s place. He and his girlfriend, Andrea, have a beautiful home in the south of the city. My sister’s second son, Philip has always been an amazing, adventurous cook, so I was not surprised in the least to see that they had a wood-pellet pizza oven on the back patio! I realized after I had left that I didn’t get a selfie with them, and that my phone camera was set to portrait mode. Guess I spent too much time eating 😊
In the morning, I rolled out with everyone leaving for work. I cruised just a few miles up the road to a coffee shop with wifi and caught up on a few blog posts over a cup of java and a pastry. Feeling content that I was somewhat caught up on my blogging (obviously that trend did not continue!), I jumped back on the bike and headed to the Johnson Space Center. Though I find the solar system interesting, I’ve never been totally enthralled with the cosmos and space travel. But, being this close to the space center, I decided to tour the museum and take the campus tram tour. I’m so glad I did; it was really remarkable! I learned a lot about the different space missions, but one of the most fascinating factoids I learned that day was why the U.S. is so keen to revisit the celestial body orbiting earth. Although NASA cites multiple reasons to return to the moon, the one that our tour guide seemed to really emphasize was economic expansion. Specifically, developing mining colonies to extract lunar titanium for manufacturing, and helium-3 for power generation, on earth.
With my NASA tour complete, I headed to the north side of Houston to visit my godmother, Pris. We enjoyed a leisurely evening of visiting and catching up before I rolled out the next morning for Louisiana.