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Flying Houston, Texas to Bogata, Columbia on Avianca with a dog in Hold

Here is Gypsy’s carrier while waiting for Avianca flight layover in San Salvador. She was loaded last for a dog from Montana. It was not permitted to check on her in person during the layover so I watched from the gate to make sure she made our 2nd flight.
She must have been well cared for on the 2 flights because while she was very happy to see us, she was ready to explore and engage in Bogata!
Of course the big smooches! You can’t turn your face fast enough when she gets locked in on her target.

Weather Balloon Launch Houston, Texas

While waiting for shipping documents, we were invited by Kate Thompson to watch a weather balloon launch which is part of the ARM research project site in the Houston area.

The Scientific Site is moving in October out to La Jolla. CA for the next campaign. The sites move to areas of needed data collection.

This Houston (La Porte, Guy and Pearland) site is called TRACER and you can learn more about it here.


We parked away from the site to prevent our gas fumes from effecting the aerosol data collection.
Kate Thompson (New Mexico connection) explains the site and instruments around us while the balloon is filling.
Helium is pumped into a gigantic latex weather balloon it will pop when the balloon reaches higher altitudes.
Vivian, Niles, Sarah and Gypsy prior to launch. You can see the data collection instrument in Viv’s left hand.

The weather balloons are launched every 4 hours. Our friend Kate is the Logistics coordinator here. There are over 100 instruments at the sites with many universities running data collection for many research projects.

Paul Ortega explained the plotting of data as the balloon rose.

Mark, the meteorologist on site explained that weather balloons are an old data collection method that will not be replaced. It’s the only way to collect real time data for pressure, humidity, and altitude which can then be associated with data collected by other instruments on site to expand research for meteorological studies like aerosols, weather, and behavior of the atmosphere in general.

Mark helping us understand the power of understanding the atmosphere.

Bryan Museum on Galveston Island, Texas

While camping on Galveston Island we found this museum about Texas history set in what was originally an orphanage. Key facts for why we stopped: it’s air conditioned and after driving across Texas I have a new respect for why people who are culturally invested here say “Don’t mess with Texas”.
The Bryan Museum was originally an orphanage, then shortly was a private residence for a succession of couples then the Bryan Museum. The original orphanage was destroyed by the 1900 hurricane that hit Galveston.
Parking here
Next to the glass pavilion used for weddins, this beautiful mother and child statue. I don’t know if it was originally here when an orphanage.
This beautiful museum is affordable, and again may I say, air conditioned. The building is full of finely preserved woodwork and architecturally interesting. There are several rooms featuring Texas history, art of Texas, Texas birds, the establishment of San Felipe of Austin colony and the battles surrounding its establishment and the history of the orphanage.
First, the love of horse culture: I loved the parade saddles. So much silver, and you can feel the pride that must have been felt by horse and rider with so much style.
Silver and leather.
This revolver/violin music box played Dixie for us as we walked by. If you are a Yank, take heed, it may be the last song you hear. See below.
The Bryan Museum had several prominent women cowgirls and artists featured, one was Vivian White. Below her, you can see a saddle ring given to a bride as a wedding ring.
Saddle Wedding Ring
Socios (partners) by Lea
We have a love for Frieda Kahlo in our house. Diego Rivera and Frieda influenced so many.
I loved this painting but didn’t note the artist.
There was a room dedicated to the contracts used to determine the fate of Texas and the battles of the Texas Revolution. Here, the Mexican Army fight Texas Colonists. The San Felipe de Austin colonists burned their town down rather than let the Mexicans take it. I didn’t understand the overlap of Spanish Catholic influence of this area all the way into New Mexico until this museum.