The Port of Houston…

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With the move to Houston, I set a Texas Bucket List, my friends are now rolling their eyes saying, “Of course she did!” Smile.

Among the many things to do, is a 90-minute tour of the Houston Ship Channel. What is even more exciting…this tour is free!!

I heard they had over 28,000 passengers that took the tour in 2013, through one of the busiest ports in the world.

The M/V Sam Houston boat is named for the legendary military commander who led the fight for Texas independence from Mexico and later for statehood.

During its long journey, the M/V Sam Houston has attracted stars from around the world. Among the many, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, the Prime Minister of Pakistan, President of Chile, Prince Charles, Princess Anne and so many more.

So of course, our little group had to join in the fun, and see the bustling exporting area of our country.

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This 52-mile deep-water channel from the Gulf to the fledgling community of Houston was built a Century ago, the visionary leaders understood the importance of having a marine link to the world so that Texas commodities could be traded throughout the world.

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The Port of Houston hosts the largest petrochemical complex in the nation and Texas has been recognized as the leading export state for 13 years in a row.

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Keeping the port a strong economic engine that provides jobs and opportunities is their mission we were told.
After witnessing a couple of strong downturns in our economy over the years, my heart soared to see this bustling ship yard.

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We also learned that they are trying to obtain permit for the deepening and widening of the facilities , so that they can be ready for the larger ships that are likely to call on this facility after the opening of the expanded Panama Canal in 2015!

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Here we are, getting ready to board the M/V Sam Houston. Can I tell you, that Texas girls are a lot of fun and very adventurous.

I hope you are having some type of small adventure in your life today…

Laurie
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