Welcome Fans, Friends, and Visitors,
Who wants to earn a free tour? Read on down.
Well, I want to start off by apologizing to any all of our readers. I wrote a Mid-November blog and then no Mid-December and a late Mid-January blog now. I have had a series of software problems that resulted in me not having use of my computer for most of December. Since the end of December, I have had to catch up on emails as well as dealing with the learning curve of using a new Apple Operating System, and a new Microsoft Word program. I am still learning. However, I think I can catch up now on my communications.
Congratulations to Sadie Cano. On the last day of the trivia contest, Sadie sent in all of the correct answers. The question was to identify the championship Houston teams from the following years:
The correct answers that Sadie sent in were:
- 1960 Oilers
- 1961 Oilers
- 1974 Aeros
- 1975 Aeros
- 1994 Rockets
- 1995 Rockets
- 1997 Comets
- 1998 Comets
- 1999 Comets
- 2000 Comets
- 2006 Dynamo
- 2007 Dynamo
I called and spoke to Sadie to congratulate her. Sadie, send us another email to schedule your BOGO, buy one, get one free tour of equal or lesser value of a local tour that does not have additional expenses. If additional expenses are required by third parties, you will pay for that separately. It will be our pleasure to be of service to you.
As I write this blog on January 16th, 2018, a cold front has visited Houston, lowering the temperatures from 64 degrees Fahrenheit/17 degrees Celsius yesterday to 28 degrees F/-3 degrees C today. The temperatures are stilling falling. We have had multiple freezes in the winter of 2017 – 2018. Snow fell on December 7, 2017, just 2.3 months ago. This was the second earliest snow in Houston history. On December 4, 2009, 1 inch/3 cm. of snow fell on Houston. The coldest recorded winter in Houston history was the 1977 – 1978 winter. We still have over 2 months of winter ahead. January is Houston’s coldest month; our monthly average low temperature is 45 degrees F/7 degrees C. The low today is projected to be more than 20 degrees F/10 degrees C greater than the norm. By Saturday of this week, the temperatures are to rise to 70 degrees F/21 degrees C. I write jokingly, that we have bi-polar weather.
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Some of our local television stations have cancelled all regular programming to just cover the weather, the roads, and the other effects. This news coverage seems to be a repeat of the type of coverage Houstonians saw during Hurricane Harvey this summer. We certainly seem to have extremes of weather. It is not dull here.
As the weather is related to touring, I am often asked will a tour be cancelled due to the weather. I am proud to state that Houston Historical Tours has NEVER cancelled a tour for any reason. I have driven through Hurricane Rita in 2005 and Hurricane Patricia in 2017 while conducted out-of-town tours. A little snow or ice will not stop us! It may slow us, but it will not stop us.
I have been repeatedly asked with regard to tunnel tours, if they are still operated on rainy or cold days. The tunnels are just that – tunnels. They are dry and heated. They are great places to be inside during inclement weather. In fact, poor weather conditions are a good reason for taking a tunnel tour at these times and to appreciate the value and usefulness of these tunnels.
Furthermore, unlike some other companies, all of our vehicles are enclosed with heat for the winter and air conditioning for the rest of the year, including sometimes in winter, also. We can have winter temperatures in the 80s F/20s C, also. Houston Historical Tours believes in the comfort of everyone.
By the way, the bi-annual Destinations Galore Travel Show will be held at the Humble Civic Center at 8233 Will clayton Parkway, Humble, Texas 77338 on Tuesday, January 30th from 9:30 AM to 1:00 PM. I will have a booth there with cards, brochures, photos, maps, displays, and information. I have had a presence there for over 15 years. Come out, say hi, pickup information, ask questions, and look around.
Here is your challenge to earn a free tour.
With all of this focus on the weather, here are some questions for a second BOGO treat. Answer all of them.
- What was the highest temperature in Houston history?
- A tie exists for the highest temperature in Houston history. What was the first such date?
- What was the second date of the highest temperature in Houston history?
- What was the coldest temperature in Houston history?
- What was the date of the coldest temperature in Houston history?
- What was the greatest amount of snow to fall in Houston history at one time?
- What was the date for the greatest amount of snow that fell in Houston history?
- What was the date for the second greatest amount of snow that fell in Houston history?
- How many days does Houston average freezing temperatures annually?
- When was the last Houston winter without a freeze? Identify the two-year season such as 2017 – 2018.
The first person to answer all the questions correctly by the end of January will win a BOGO. Buy one tour, get one tour free of an equal or lesser amount of a local tour that does not have additional expenses. For example, pay for a tour for 1 person, and the other person is free. A beer tour or any food tour or Space Center Houston tour have additional expenses. You can apply your victorious BOGO to one of these tours or any other local tour if you want to pay for the additional expenses to the third party.