Over a year after we booked it, it’s time for our Liberty of the Seas cruise vacation. We always fly in a day early and this trip to Houston was no exception. The day before leaving home we dropped our dog, Charger, for his vacation with the dog sitter. He loves her and enjoyed being there but also loves coming home when we get back.
We’ll be meeting two sons (one mine and one his) and their wives in Houston. One couple, A and Y, live in the south and the other couple, J and A2, live in the midwest.
On our travel day we were up early and got ready before getting a Lyft ride. We were on the road at 6:30 am and had an easy ride down to the airport this Saturday morning.
Traveling to Houston
We decided to drop the bags at the skycap to avoid long check in lines as it was the back end of the Thanksgiving travel weekend and we anticipated long lines. Only one person in front of line of us here and then there was only one in front of us in the TSA precheck line. We breezed through there and had an hour before boarding was scheduled to start.
Boarding seemed to go slow for some reason even though the plane wasn’t totally full. We ended leaving 15 minutes late and the pilots couldn’t make it up during the flight to Houston. It was a peanut free flight due to an allergy on-board but I enjoyed the breakfast biscuits and pretzels. During the flight I watched the last two episodes of the sci-fi series “Dark Matter“. Very unsatisfactory how it ended.
The bags seemed slow but ours came out fairly early once they started unloading our flight.
I had booked three hotel rooms at the Houston Hobby Fairfield Inn. It looked nice, had very reasonable prices and free airport shuttle. After getting our luggage, I called for the hotel’s free shuttle and it was there in 10 minutes for the short ride. My husband decided to stay at the airport as it was only a few minutes before A. and Y. were due to land and he had told them he would meet them.
I went with our bags on the shuttle so I could check us all in as J. and A2 had arrived earlier and were were waiting in the lobby.
We were assigned three king rooms next to each other on the fourth floor. The rooms were very nice (especially considering the price) but the area is not the greatest. The only place to eat was a BBQ place, Pappas BBQ.
J. and A2 ate lunch there waiting for us all to arrive and said it was very good.
When Steve and the rest arrived, I gave them their key and we arranged to meet in the lobby at 5:30 pm for dinner. Months ago I had planned to go to Texas Land & Cattle Steak House which was very close to the hotel but it closed a couple of months before our trip so we had to find something else.
Steve and I selected the Texas Roadhouse which Yelp said was 5 miles away; it was 10 miles by freeway. We took Uber to the restaurant and I called ahead when we were waiting for the ride so we barely sat down to wait before they called our party to be seated.
Service was great and two of us had to send our steaks back (overcooked for me and wrong steak for J. and A2) but it was all tasty.
Steve had the 16 ounce ribeye; mine was the 10 ounce.
The tequila shooter was 2 bucks and a BIG shot. One margarita was all you needed with that!
No one had room for dessert. The Uber driver, who looked like Santa, stopped at shell station on the way back so the “boys” could buy beer for the hotel room. Steve and I got ready for bed, relaxed and happily hit the hay dreaming of our cruise tomorrow!