So far we’ve had great experiences at Thousand Trails resorts, and Lake Conroe RV Park was no exception to that rule! Spring break had just started in the area, so the park was hopping. We settled into our spot, which was a 50 amp hook up rather than the 30 amp we have on our unit. A quick trip to purchase an adaptor helped rectify the problem, along with allowing us to grab some groceries on the way back to the park.
Travel days always take a lot out of us, which meant a late start the following day. We made plans to meet up with a University friend at the Farmer’s Market at Bridgeland, but our best laid plans were foiled by a St Patrick’s Day Parade. We saw crowds assembling on the side of the street, and had a conversation about how we were glad that wasn’t us. Parades can be fun, but this one was not part of the plan - not to mention that it was pretty packed. Next thing we knew, we were being unceremoniously herded off the street by an overly officious police officer on horseback. It wouldn’t have been so bad if we hadn’t been routed into a dead end parking lot. We were not the only ones, there was a huge line up of irate drivers behind us. We asked the police officer why we couldn’t turn at the next corner (less than half a block away) given that the parade was not due to start for quite some time, and were informed that we should have known better as announcements were made on local media for weeks leading up to the parade date. This of course did us no good as we came in from out of state. The police officer was very curt and unwilling to budge, informing us that the parade would be over in 4 hours’ time and we could move then.
We called our friend to let him know that our Farmer’s Market plans weren’t going to pan out, and then walked 40 minutes to the healthiest food option we could find. Our parade re-routing took place in the midst of box store central, without a feasible food option in sight. We definitely appreciated the abundance of sidewalks in Victoria during our walk, as we spent most of it along the side of the road, often on the dirt shoulder. We had a snack and then Dominic walked back to the truck while Juliette took the kids for a juice at a shop a few doors down.
After the parade finished, we made our way to NAM to meet our friend. NAM is a delicious Vietnamese Restaurant close to where Ed lives. We found vegan Pho on the menu, a definite treat as the homemade version is labour intensive to make. It has been ages since we've seen each other and it was a wonderful chance to catch up.
We spent our next day at the Johnson Space Center, taking a trolley car tour that included the Apollo Mission Control. It all looked very retro, with seats dating back to the 1960’s (or so it appeared to us.) We spent a fun afternoon exploring the exhibits and rockets, learning all about NASA space expeditions. We grabbed dinner at Whole Foods, en route to meeting up with our friend one last time before heading back to the RV Park.
Our last day in Lake Conroe was very relaxed, we spent the morning catching up on writing and going to mini putt with the kids. We had lunch and then met a friend of ours from Newfoundland at a local park. The kids had tons of fun running around with their new friends. We made it back to the RV park in time for a gorgeous sunset by the lake, followed by an Instant Pot dinner that cooked while we took our walk.
Farmer’s Market at Bridgeland - we didn’t make it this time around, but it looks pretty fantastic.
NAM - we are always thrilled to find vegan friendly Pho on the menu, and this Vietnamese restaurant did not disappoint.
Johnson Space Center - we had so much fun learning about space expeditions, touring rockets and visiting the Apollo Mission Control.