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Hockey Road Trip, Fall 2004

Week One - Southwest - Sat, 10/16 - Fri, 10/22
Week Two - Texas - Sat.,10/23 - Fri, 10/29
Week Three - Southeast - Sat, 10/30 - Fri, 11/5
Week Four - Southeast - Sat, 11/6 - Fri, 11/12
Week Five - Mid Atlantic - Sat, 11/13 - Fri, 11/19
Week Six - Long Island - Sat, 11/20 - Fri, 11/26
Week Seven - Midwest - Sat, 11/27 - Fri, 12/3
Week Eight - Midwest - Sat, 12/4 - Fri, 12/10
Week Nine - Las Vegas - Sat, 12/11 - Fri, 12/17
Week Ten - California - Sat, 12/18 - Fri, 12/24
About Me

Monday, 10/25

Today I visited the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum.

It had three stories of displays, exhibits, films, interactive items on the history of Texas. Stuff I never knew about (or had forgotten.) A very nice museum and if you're ever in the area, please spend a half day visiting this place. There was an IMAX theater and I saw a movie on Texas (of all things!)

They didn't allow photos, but here's a link to their site:

Story of Texas

After visiting the museum, I headed towards Houston.

Today was the first day where I traveled less than 2 1/2 hours. It was quite refreshing.

Tuesday, 10/26

Today, I took a tour of Minute Maid Park (that's where the Astros play) and I visited the San Jacinto Monument.

The tour of Minute Maid Park was splendid. They offered tours at 10, 12, and 2. I tried to make the 10 am one, but hit horrific Houston traffic. Didn't get to the ballpark till 10:20. So I waited for the 12 pm one. It was worth the wait.

There are two themes surrounding Minute Maid Park: Train and a tribute to old ballparks.

In this photo, in lower left corner, is a 'manual scoreboard.' Is the Citgo sign a tribute to Fenway? Tour guide didn't mention that. On the lower right, you'll see an old Conoco 'gas pump.' This records the number of home runs Astro's players hit since the opening of the ballpark. It was up in the 560's or 580's (I forget).

You can see the area around the ballpark is being developed. The park sits in downtown Houston.

Ever so slightly, in the mid very left side of photo, you can see a piece of a brick building. This building was Union Station back when trains traveled through Houston. On the very top (you can see a piece) is what is known as 'Terrace View.' One can sit there and watch the game, similar as they do at Wrigley.

And, of course, you can see the train to the right of the Citgo sign. It drives back and forth, at 3 miles per hour, after an Astro's run. The things in the train are oranges... Minute Maid. Get it?

Who knew one could get so much verbiage out of one photo?!?

Minute Maid Park

In this photo, you can see the Conoco 'gas pump' a little better - mid left side. Also shown are two quirky things of this ballpark: A 10 degree incline in the center field, and the American Flag pole 'in play.'

And here's me, sitting in the Astro's dug out.

After the ballpark, I headed over to see the San Jacinto Monument and Battleground. I learned alot about Texas history during my visit here. On April 26, 1836, Texas won its independence (from Mexico) when an outnumbered Texian army heroically defeated the Mexican forces on the plains of San Jacinto.

The San Jacinto Monument honors all those who fought for Texas independence.

It remains the world's tallest memorial tower. And, it has the star of Texas on top.

After visiting this monument, I headed to Galveston.



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