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I feel safer on a racetrack than I do on Houston's freeways --A.J. Foyt, legendary race car driver from Houston

Shots from the road...

Houston, Texas

explored & photographed by: Shady for Weird U.S., March 2005

So, we explored the weirdness of the Houston area (Humble, Galveston, Beaumont, etc) for the Weird Texas book, and though I can't say what the places we explored were (top-secret for the book!), I can say that we saw some pretty creepy and fantastic things... *grin*

As usual, I took some just-for-fun road trip shots along the way, and here they are, for your viewing pleasure. As always our kitties came with us on this trip, by now they are total road trip veterans... it's so cute.

Roadtrippin' Kitties

Roadtrippin' Kitties

Roadtrippin' Kitties

Roadtrippin' Kitties

Roadtrippin' Kitties

...there's Sabre, checking out the road, much like he did in the pic I shot on our Dallas trip, (but much bigger now)... the lil guy curled up and slept for a lot of the way... and Bela thought he was the King of the Road the entire drive... Sabre was very fascinated by his 'twin' in the mirror outside, hahahaha... and that's what it looked like from my POV, when Sabre was kicking it on the floor between my feet, *meow!*

Roadtrippin' Kitties

Roadtrippin' Kitties

Roadtrippin' Kitties

Roadtrippin' Kitties

Roadtrippin' Kitties

redrum, redrum!

...as always, 'the Boys' hung together through the trip, they are just the best of buds... and in the hotel room, Bela found lots to occupy his attention, like trying to figure out how to get to the cat food (it was in the cabinet above the microwave)... and making faces at, and then attacking, the 'other cat in the wall' (aka A MIRROR, lol)... and, whenever I looked at the hallway outside of our hotel room, all I could think was, 'redrum, redrum!'... heh (and it was a horrible hotel btw, blech)

Ashton Villa, Galveston Texas

Ashton Villa, Galveston Texas

Ashton Villa, Galveston Texas

Ashton Villa, Galveston Texas

Ashton Villa, Galveston Texas

...my favorite part of the trip was when we went to Galveston... we passed by the historic (and supposedly haunted) old Ashton Villa... it wasn't open when we were there, in fact someone had reserved it for a wedding out in the awesome gazebo that day, so we only took a quick peek around the outside. But, damnnnnn it was amazing! And there were a ton of incredible old places like this all throughout Galveston...

Also, part of our explorations through Galveston took us to the beach, and to a place called Bolivar Peninsula, which we had to reach by ferry. Ferry! I had never ridden a ferry before! Yay! It was soooo cool. We drove our truck onto the ferry (which for me,  was really trippy) and then we went up these narrow stairs to the upper deck. The views of the Gulf of Mexico and Galveston Bay were stunning. I mean, stunning...

Galveston, Texas

Galveston, Texas

Galveston, Texas

Galveston, Texas

Galveston, Texas

Galveston, Texas

Galveston, Texas

Galveston, Texas

Galveston, Texas

...huge seagulls and these positively Prehistoric-looking giant pelicans were flying all around us. It was great. Later we gathered seashells on a beach on the peninsula, and I picked up live creepy-crawly hermit crabs, oh yes I did! (see, prior to this experience I've had a fear of touching any sort of crablike creature, lol) Galveston was just a beautiful place.

...for some reason, we saw many strange vehicles on this trip, like this awesomely weird creature-car... the undie-and-pink-Statues-Of-Liberty covered 'pin-up' truck (check out the cool gas door thingy)... the crazy, cosmic car with a, ummmm... big boo-bay on top with alien babies crawling on it, omg... and the mural-adorned flaming hearse complete with screaming skulls. Wow. We also saw a yellow submarine on I-10, but that's a whole other story ;)

...our explorations also took us to a few different cemeteries... I found this odd sight- and old tree grown through an even older fence- in one.... and this rather eerie statue of an entire family in another. I love exploring old cemeteries.

...we saw so many great little things here and there along the way... a gothy all-black bee plundering a big, bright flower... a cool hot-pink-splashed bird-thing (w/craaaazy eyes!) looking for tasty fare in some marshy reeds... a couple of large seagulls (I think the one in the rear wanted to kill and eat us)... the immense 'World's Largest Fire Hydrant' in Beaumont... and various shots from the road- lush green fields... stormy skies... a Texas sunset (complete with semis, heh)...

And, check out the Full Moon pic I shot in Houston during this trip here, if you wanna. It was a good trip. Once again, a huge thanks to the Marks, for the amazing opportunity... thanks guys- you rock.

 

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