Last Saturday, Oct 29, we took Papa and GG to the USS Texas Battleship memorial site. It was a gorgeous day, and everyone had a super time wandering all over and inside that big boat. It originally went to sea around 1915, and its huge 14" guns (four of them on the front of the ship; four more aimed out the rear) plus all the other anti-aircraft guns all over the ship made it the most dangerous "weapon" during WW I -- and a formidable force during WW II.
It is now moored near Deer Park, TX, which is southeast of downtown Houston and right on the Houston Ship Channel. It's also just across the road from the San Jacinto memorial -- the place where Santa Anna and his army surrendered to Sam Houston. Texas' independence from Mexico was the immediate result of this surrender. The kids love both places -- lots of guns and places to run around and climb all over! We adults find them fascinating, too.
And now for Halloween!
Parker intends to dress up as a Jedi Knight (no big surprise), and Kira as a ballerina. We'll see what Austen ends up doing!
Actually, we're going to Puck's Express tonight for dinner, so Papa and GG can see the first of Ken's and CT's restaurants in this part of the state. Three more are in some state of creation, but where we'll go tonight is the test-case -- the one that's up and running, the one they learned the most from!