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December 13th 2016
Published: March 19th 2017
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I stayed at an Escapees park in Livingston, Texas which was about 70 miles north of Houston. I was able to leave my trailer there while I flew back to Tacoma to spend Christmas with family. Had a great time with Heather and Tad and their families for the holidays and had problem free flights to and from. When I got back I spent another couple of weeks in Livingston.

I made a day trip to see the Houston Space Center. The traffic was terrible that day because of two wrecks on two different freeways. I needed to go 1.5 miles to the exit that I needed and it took me a half hour. I enjoyed the Space Center and all its exhibits, but cut my time there short so I could drive the 30 miles more to Galveston. Figured I would avoid having to drive through the traffic again, if I visited it while I was so close to it. It was a beautiful day out and Galveston is a really neat town to see. The ocean view was beautiful as were the homes on the street down to the ocean.

I also toured the Moody Mansion which is 31 room Romanesque home completed in 1895 by Narcissa Willis after her husband's death. Mrs. Willis lived alone in the house with a housekeeper as her family were estranged over the building of the house until her death in 1899. At that time Beatrice, Mrs. Willis' daughter put the house on the market. The hurricane of 1900 devastated Galveston and many of the bidders on the house dropped out of the sale, so Mr. Moody won the mansion for $20,000 when it was worth $100,000. Moody, his wife and their 4 children moved in and celebrated their first Christmas at the mansion in 1900. Members of the Moody family lived in the mansion until 1986 when it became a historic museum. There is a narrated tour as you go through the mansion which is very interesting.

The traffic going back to Livingston wasn't quite as bad as the trip down, but I am glad I only made the trip once. Now it is time to move on to another part of Texas.

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