Chewie's favorite outdoor locales typically include any grassy surface that has plenty of fire hydrants and possible dog run-ins. But when you combine his passion for the dog life and my love for pretty hikes, you get what I would call, Chewie's Houston favorites playlist (aka Houston's finest green spaces).
I hadn't even heard of the Menil Collection until I randomly stumbled upon their Facebook page a few months ago (apparently, Houstonians are good at keeping secrets...!). Immediately, I promised myself I'd visit the first sunny weekend I get. Fast-forward a few sunny weekends (life has a way of keeping you busy) and I finally made it this Sunday!
What do flying zebras, roller-blading vikings, and the mayer of Houston have in common?
I had driven by the Art Car Museum, I had heard of the Art Car Parade, I had even seen some of the cars that participate in it on Houston's streets. But that did not prepare me for what I witnessed yesterday on Houston's Allen Parkway!
The Ideal Saturday Morning...
...Is when you are not in a rush to do anything and you grab your coffee, book and camera and go to the park. And even more so, when you are able to fulfill a promise you made the day before (which in this case was going back to Hermann Park's Japanese Gardens to capture their full glory in full daylight). This truly was a glorious morning - a crisp 54 degrees F, clear blue skies, and lovely vistas. Thank you Houston for having so much to offer at the unbeatable price of $0.
Welcome to my Zen Place
Before I moved to Houston, my only city park experience in the US had been the finely managed and manicured grounds of NYC's Central Park. And although I still find Central Park to be my most favorite place there (High Line, you are a very close second...), I have come to really love my hometown park for its natural and unruly beauty.
Most importantly, it is the one place where all worries are forgotten and everything seems to start anew. My cherished 3-mile (well, technically 2.92-mile) daily runs there are something I always look forward to, be it 100F, or a stormy Houston day.
Today, I got weather-lucky and thought I might take a few pictures of the pretty skies and inspiring greens. Now, I am all ready to take on this week! Happy (almost) Monday!