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).
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!
Yet Another Reason to Love Houston
I have loved Houston's Hermann Park ever since I made my first visit here a few years ago (has it been 6 and a half years already?). Primarily because some of the most spectacular sunsets I have ever seen have occurred here (and yesterday was no exception) and because it is within a short walking distance from some of the best museums in the nation (the Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Natural Science, the Museum of Fine Arts, the Museum of Health, the Children's Museum - all within less than a mile from here).
To top that, yesterday marked the cutting ribbon ceremony of a wonderful addition to the park I cannot wait to start enjoying - the Centennial Gardens. Even though they are not quite finished yet (having a rainy season has its pros and cons - no need to water your lawn vs slower construction than anticipated) but I can already tell this will be one of my frequent weekend stops.
The entire setting is comfortably reminiscent of LA's Huntington Library or San Francisco's botanical gardens yet on a tad smaller and thus more practical and enjoyable scale. The architecture of the Cherry Flores Garden Pavilion is a lovely, light and modernized throw-back to my all-time favorite mid-century modern period.
All in all, just another reason to add to my millions of other reasons as to why I love Houston so much (being able to hang upside down on the century-old oak trees in the area is clearly another one).