During September and October Susan and I embarked on a tour of several midwestern and western states, driving in our 2000 Toyota Siena van(215,000 miles before our trip)a total of 7,279 miles through 13 states. We were gone 33 days and spent the night in 21 different places. When we got home it dawned on us that we had been together virtually 24/7 for the entire trip with no major disagreements and without growing tired of each other. I think our marriage of 41 years will last.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Friday October 14 and Saturday October 15: Austin and Katy TX

This morning we checked out another Presidential Library, this one being Lyndon Johnson’s.  There is great contrast between LBJ’s and Clinton’s, beginning with the exterior design.  As I approached LBJ’s Library I wondered if he might be interred inside—it looked sort of like a mausoleum to me.


Inside however, we found the library to be more interesting than Clinton’s, but I think it’s because of our age.  As you might expect there’s lots of information on the 1960s, a time quite familiar to us in our college days—the civil rights movement, Vietnam War, the Great Society, and of course the Kennedy assassination.  We have visited four Presidential Libraries and have found them all both educational and entertaining, but then all four were Democrats.

Volumes of historical papers for researchers.


Our next stop was Katy TX, home of the famous Jerry and Sari Kroll.  You don’t know them?  You should stop in and visit them sometime—their hospitality is over the top.  Jerry and Sari were with us at Big Chill in Colorado, so we invited ourselves to stay with them on our way through Texas.


On our way from Austin to Katy we drove through Balstrop and decided to have our picnic lunch at a state park outside of town.  Well, our trusty GPS took us right to the park, but it didn’t tell us the park was closed for repairs.  Rather than drive all over looking for another picnic area, we just pulled into a church parking lot and enjoyed our leftover County Line ribs in the van.

We reached the Krolls by late afternoon Friday, and after dropping our suitcases we went out for margaritas (again) and dinner.

On Saturday we got to meet Jerry and Sari’s daughter Jenna and grandson Coltane, then went to daughter Kate’s farm where she lives with husband Mark and new son Grady.  It was good to finally meet these “girls” we had heard so much about over the years. 

We toured Houston on Saturday afternoon and enjoyed dinner with the Krolls at Michelangelo’s, their favorite Italian restaurant in a Houston neighborhood.  Back at the house that evening I introduced Jerry to Woodford Reserve bourbon, for which he will be forever grateful.

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