Friday, March 20, 2009

Houston, Texas Spring Break!

We drove down to Houston to see where my son is living and working and while we were there we did some sightseeing!
On our second day we visited The Johnson Space Center. We took a tram tour through Nasa and we saw some of the actual spacecraft that flew to the moon and some real space rocks!

The historic Mission Control happened in this building and the present day Mission Control is happening currently in this same building! A Space Shuttle launched 3 days before we were there.

You are looking at the Mission Control room for all of the Apollo Missions to the moon. "Houston, we've had a problem" was called into this very room. Pretty cool to think of all the history that happened right here.

This was incredible. This rocket was built for the Apollo 18 mission, however it never went to the moon because of a lack of funding for the space program in the 1970's. It's taller than the Statue of Liberty!

We left in awe of what man has accomplished in actually exploring space and landing on the moon and wondering where the next step will be. Oh, and guess what song was playing on the radio as we drove away? Rocket Man by Elton John!

The last stop on our trip home was to see this statue of Sam Houston.

Our first adventure is a trip to the Houston Zoo. I was always stopping to take one more picture and hurrying to catch up with my boys.

Azaleas were everywhere!

I loved the giraffes. They're so beautiful and elegant.

The lions were enjoying the warm sunshine after all of the cold and rainy weather we've had here lately. I know exactly how they feel!

Funny, little meerkats just sat there staring at...something?

The best part was getting to hang out with my two favorite guys. It was just me and "My Two Sons" for a few days. So much fun!


Heather C said...

My husband would be so jealous! HE loves everything NASA or space oriented. :)

That pic of the giraffe looks like he's sticking up out of the ground... cool shot! :)

Thanks for sharing. Glad you had such a great time! What a blessing. :)

Sally said...

Awesome pictures, Karen. I'm so glad you and the boys had such a wonderful time!

The azalea's are so beautiful, and I love giraffe's. :)

Just Joni said...

What a wonderful little tour you have provided and it looks to have been a fun outing...good quality time, truly a blessing ~

Butterfly Gardener said...

Looks like you had a great little vacation. I would love to get away for a few days like that. Very beautiful pictures...

Donna said...

Houston has SO much stuff to see and do!! Great pictures sweetie!!hughugs

joan said...

This looks like so much fun! I would love to see NASA some day. Glad you had a wonderful time with your guys!