The Port of Houston…


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.


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.


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.


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.


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!


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…


42 thoughts on “The Port of Houston…

  1. Love the rosy glow of your photos Laurie, the light seems magical over the port! I never knew Texas had to gain independence from Mexico (back to the history books for me! πŸ˜‰ I think it’s wonderful to be able to go on this tour showcasing a leader in the US economy …and it’s free! You ladies look great!!

  2. Loved this post Laurie – your photographs are iconic in a way with the pinkish/salmon cast hoovering over the harbor and boats. Real beauty in these scenes.

  3. Awesome pics!! I bet there’s lots and lots,of things to do in your big beautiful city or state!! I would love to travel there sometime and experience the food!!! Hugz Lisa and Bear

  4. Hamlets, harbors, ports, they are all so fascinating – really enjoy spending time such places – and really enjoyed your photos – wonderful – and the “girl gang” really look ready for adventure… πŸ˜€

  5. Hi Laurie, Glad you are being so adventurous and loving Texas. Suzy will be in Miami Thurs. and Fri. for her job and then spend the weekend with us. She is running the New York Marathon on Nov. 2. Her first time!!! She has been training since the end of June. We are so proud of her. Best to Matt. Miss you. Love, Annie

    Sent from my iPad

  6. So glad you’re enjoying the move to Texas and seems you’re very busy with family and other things, and it is appreciated that you share. Did not know about this vessel. One disappointment on my trip to California was that by the time we made it to the ship that you could tour in San Francisco, they were closed so we didn’t get to see the inside, but did take pictures of the outside. πŸ™‚

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