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Things to do in Houston: Cockrell Butterfly Center

FernGully was released when I was six years old, and I loved that magical animated movie about fairies who lived in the rainforest. Memories of that movie were brought to mind yesterday as I strolled through Houston’s Cockrell Butterfly Center. Sure, butterflies are not fairies. But visiting the 3-story glass structure and 50-foot waterfall with fluttering ...

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“Secrets of Portlandia” Free Walking Tour – what fun!

Walking tours are a fun way to become acquainted with a city. I’ve been on tours in places such as San Francisco, California and Sienna, Italy and now … Portland, Oregon. I found the “Secrets of Portlandia” free walking tour through Trip Advisor. It is currently ranked #2 of 297 activities in Portland! I was impressed that a walking tour was rated so ...

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Salt & Straw – Delicious Ice Cream in Portland

I like sweets. I eat a lot of them. I have been to a lot of dessert restaurants. Hands down the best ice cream shop I have ever been to is in Portland, Oregon. It’s called Salt & Straw. After dinner at Bamboo Sushi on NW 23rd Avenue my husband and I walked next door to one of the three Salt & Straw locations. It was 10 pm on a night where everyone was ...

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Portland Marathon and Half Marathon

(That's Jason in his last mile of the marathon ... being friendly to the spectators.)Last Sunday I ran the Portland Half Marathon. My husband ran the full thing. It was tough training for a race in the muggy heat of Houston. I didn’t train enough to do my best, but I got through it in 1 hour and 51 minutes. That’s about an 8:15 pace. I got 10th place in my ...

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Gruene – A Texas Weekend Trip Idea

On the edge of New Braunfels is a fun little town called Gruene. Locals pronounce it Green. Only a 2.5 hour drive from Houston and 45 minute drive from Austin, this old-town-country, tourist-friendly spot is a great weekend getaway. German farmers settled the area in the 1840s. The area is advertised as being bona fide Texas. My sister-in-law’s maid-of-honor ...

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