Days 43 – 47 – Houston and Padre Island, TX

We had an absolute blast in Houston, there was tons of amazing food and a decent amount of things to see and do. You can’t be too bored when you’re in a city with a population of 2.19 million. Our first day in the city was a Thursday, and all of the museums are free in Houston on Thursdays! 

Our first stop was the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. The museum is home to many artist’s work, even someone who doesn’t like art would know the names: Monet, Van Gogh, Georgia O’Keefe, Jackson Polluck and Picasso; just to name a few. They have an awesome etching and lithograph exhibition and they supply magnifying glasses so you can get an up close look at the detail! 

We realized the next museum was only going to be open until 5, so we finished up at the art museum and headed down to the Houston Museum of Natural Science. When the museum started to close we walked across the street to Herman Park, we were stunned to see how much it looks exactly like Washington DC. It was a beautiful park nonetheless, it was just strange! It even has its own Reflecting Pool

Friday we got up and it was a pretty rainy morning, our plans were to explore Houston’s downtown area but because of the rain we were feeling pretty lazy. Turns out Houston has a bunch of underground tunnels with shops and restaurant! We explored the tunnels a bit then headed back up to the street level. Houston’s downtown area has a bunch of super awesome street art, we didn’t get to see a ton of it but what we did see was awesome! Before going back to the house we stopped at Saint Arnold’s Brewing Company. Their bar gives you free drinks and tours for bringing in a certain amount of 6-pack boxes. 

The next afternoon we met up with Elliot’s great uncle an hour north of Houston to have lunch and exchange stories. After lunch we drove south towards Corpus Christi to camp on Padre Island. The camping is free on the island, you actually get to drive your car down the beach as far as you’d like and it’s a national seashore. I think the fee was around $10, but we got in for free because of our National Parks Pass. What an awesome campsite it was! The Gulf was only 12 feet away from our car and there was no service, so relaxing! Right behind our tent there were dunes and all around were tiny holes that were dug by ghost crabs, little tiny crabs that blend in with the sand because of the color of their shells! So cool!

The morning we were leaving for San Antonio we woke up to a thunderstorm and high winds. Lightning in Texas is no joke! We finally fell back to sleep for a few more hours then woke up to the water just a few feet in front of the car! Pretty much everybody that was on the beach had a truck or 4-wheel drive of some kind, so we weren’t sure how getting off the beach was going to go but we were fine and didn’t get stuck one bit!


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