Can you believe this guy is a professional photographer? WTH – I have a plant growing out of my head. It is hard to imagine but there was a life before the Pandemic hit. Every year Houston hosts the largest Rodeo in the world, natch. As much as I would love to visit, there are just too many people in one place. This year we decided to go to our nearest town, Tomball, where the Sam Houston Trail Riders arrive by horses and wagons from Plantersville for a reception/meal/bunk. It was cold but gloriously bright (which is maybe why Teddy couldn’t see the plant), so we arrived early in great anticipation. The location was around the old railway station so we had a look inside, for the first time in 16 years. Why do we always ignore the history right beside us?
My husband looks like a real cowboy – until he opens his mouth… It has been a long time since there was a working station office at Teague or Tomball but there is still a working commercial railroad. I was 20 minutes late for a dental appointment when I had to wait patiently on the other side of the line. We met a charming docent who told us all about the train museum. He was fascinated by our Scottish accents and had another regular Scottish visitor who comes to the museum when he sees family in Texas. The world is full of train geeks.
Halfway through the rodeo, we got news that the Pandemic had reached us and for the first time in the Houston Rodeo’s history it was cancelled. One of the first patients in our county had visited the Rodeo but had not traveled anywhere else. After a month in our local hospital, he finally recovered and got to go home. It was touch and go but he was one of the lucky ones. More posts about the trail ride to come.