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  • #14001 by texas tush hog on 03 Dec 2014
  • I just don't understand why anyone would take a 7 month old infant to an event like this.   The ONLY people glad you did this were you and your wife.

    Actually it was her mother's idea, who is my daughter, a former Razorback football student trainer, and the little angel had the time of her life. Her seven year old sister did as well. My son in law had a last minute business trip to Chicago and we had no baby sitter available. If the weather had not been gorgeous, my wife would have stayed in the hotel with her, but it was perfect and my daughter showed her off to a lot of her former sorority sisters. It was a great time for all concerned and the baby had a ball. She was even starting to raise her hands during the hog call by the time the game was over even though she had no idea what everbody else was doing. All of our friends in the adjacent seats thought she was adorable too. Of course they have all been sitting next to us for decades. To each his own.
  • #14002 by kodiakisland on 07 Dec 2014
  • Do the airlines ever add extra flights for the extra bowl traffic?  I'll be tight on time and wonder if there will be extra flights.
  • #14003 by popcornhog on 07 Dec 2014
  • There'll be plenty of flights. United should have a direct flight.

    But you can take Delta through Atlanta or SW through Love or American through DFW.
  • #14004 by (notOM)Rebel123 on 07 Dec 2014
  • #14005 by PorcineSublime on 07 Dec 2014
  • Don't know, but be prepared for delays if you are flying to George HW Bush International. I rarely connect through that airport without a delay leaving XNA. Guess they will not let the plane leave here until the pattern clears there. Give yourself a cushion as much as possible.
  • #14006 by BorderPatrol on 07 Dec 2014
  • Don't know, but be prepared for delays if you are flying to George HW Bush International. I rarely connect through that airport without a delay leaving XNA. Guess they will not let the plane leave here until the pattern clears there. Give yourself a cushion as much as possible.

    It's not just leaving XNA. It's like that flying into that airport from most starting points.

    Worst airport in this part of the country.

    bp
  • #14007 by kodiakisland on 07 Dec 2014
  • I get delayed on American no matter where I'm leaving from or where I'm going.  I avoid them like the plague.
  • #14008 by Suidae Suis Scrofa on 07 Dec 2014
  • If you have time to drive to Tulsa there are a number of non-stops to HOU.  Plus, HOU Hobby Airport) is much closer to NRG stadium than IAH.

    -phil
  • #14009 by Hog Fan n Tx on 07 Dec 2014
  • Avoid Bush at all costs, the drive to the stadium is usually over an hour and getting a rental and out of the airport can take almost as long.  Fly into Hobby which is about 20 minutes from the stadium.  Also lots of hotels around Hobby and around the stadium.  Welcome to Houston.  Several Aggies I know are buying tickets to go cheer for the Hogs.
  • #14010 by Darrell Royal's Floating Flaming Fulminating Spectral Head on 07 Dec 2014
  • You better bet airlines will increase prices for lanes like XNA to IAH around the bowl. So book early and shop around. Flying WN from TUL to HOU or something out of FSM if you don't mind the drive, might be an option as well.
  • #14011 by Hog Fan n Tx on 07 Dec 2014
  • There are many good Southwest flights from Tulsa and Little Rock to Houston Hobby.
  • #14012 by younghog on 07 Dec 2014
  • It's an 8pm game.. If u land before 4pm u will be fine
  • #14013 by hawg23 on 07 Dec 2014
  • good option if live n nwa..easy drive  tulsa..cheap flight sw direct to hobby..train downtown connects to reliant stadium
  • #14014 by FraggleHog on 07 Dec 2014
  • Looks like flights are around $400 round trip (depending on dates) right now XNA>IAH direct on United
  • #14015 by 3kgthog on 07 Dec 2014
  • Save your money and leave from Tulsa and fly Southwest. Low price of $237 right now.
  • #14016 by Inhogswetrust on 08 Dec 2014
  • Do the airlines ever add extra flights for the extra bowl traffic?  I'll be tight on time and wonder if there will be extra flights.

    Regular Airlines = no. There are sometimes charters done. If you can't get a good ticket out of XNA try Tulsa or drive down to LR or OKC.
  • #14017 by scooby21322 on 08 Dec 2014
  • Just a word of warning.  I've seen a number of posts that the bowl game will be inside.  I went to the Texas Bowl last year (parents live in Houston and I was there for Christmas, so why not?) and the roof was open.  If it's not raining, expect it to be open. 
  • #14018 by GolfnHog on 08 Dec 2014
  • Good point, but it's Houston. The chance of it being below 60 degrees is slim to none but it's always good to be prepared.
  • #14019 by scooby21322 on 08 Dec 2014
  • Good point, but it's Houston. The chance of it being below 60 degrees is slim to none but it's always good to be prepared.

    Houston cools down at night.  Last year, we were cold in light jackets. 
  • #14020 by DeltaBoy on 08 Dec 2014
  • Bring a jacket and your set.
  • #14021 by BorderPatrol on 08 Dec 2014
  • Bring a jacket and your set.

    Yep, it's called common sense. Obviously, some lack it.

    bp
  • #14022 by ricepig on 08 Dec 2014
  • Yep, it's called common sense. Obviously, some lack it.

    bp

    Correct, the AC may be turned down to low.......
  • #14023 by DeltaBoy on 08 Dec 2014
  • Yep, it's called common sense. Obviously, some lack it.

    bp

    Yes I have been attending HS games in Texas since 1993 and it can be sunny and 68 or buy kickoff it can be freezing rain and 28.   I have extra jackets , blankets and rain gear in a Rubber maid tub in the trunk with my stadium seats from the start of the season till it is over.
  • #14024 by Abominable Hillbilly on 08 Dec 2014
  • By the end, 11:00, might be a little nippy
  • #14025 by DeltaBoy on 08 Dec 2014
  • With some of these new materials you can get a jacket that will keep you comfortable down to 30 degrees that can be folded down and stuffed in a standard sandwich bag.
  • #14026 by texas tush hog on 08 Dec 2014
  • Do the airlines ever add extra flights for the extra bowl traffic?  I'll be tight on time and wonder if there will be extra flights.

    Drive to Tulsa and take Southwest. Bags are free and tickets are about half what you would pay out of XNA. Some are direct flights and most others touch down at Dallas Love and right back in the air without getting off. Leave Tulsa at 3:30 P.M. Saturday for $237.00 and return Tuesday at 6:40 A.M. for $111.00
  • #14027 by Hog Fan n Tx on 08 Dec 2014
  • Night time lows for the next 10 days range from 60 to 43 and that should be true for the next 2 weeks.  Our cold weather is usually the middle of January to end of February.  Day time temps in 60's and 70's.  Of course Houston normal is never normal, so be prepared. 
  • #14028 by jpsand on 10 Dec 2014
  • I know from past games there is a group of RV'ers that travel to the games.  I want to dry camp at the stadium and would like some info if this group has any info.  Anything will be appreciated.
  • #14029 by TulsaHawg on 10 Dec 2014
  • According to NRG, they only allow RV parking at the stadium on gameday. Parking spaces are 8'x16' each, and you pay for however many parking spaces you need to accommodate your rig.  Each space is $30.

    For example, if your RV is 40 feet long, you would need at least 3 spaces. The cost would be $90.  If your slides or awnings would extend beyond these spaces, you would be required to buy additional spaces.

    Some Roadhog members are staying at Fallbrook, and a couple have said they are staying at South Main RV Park, which is about 1 mile from the stadium.
  • #14030 by jpsand on 10 Dec 2014
  • thanks
  • #14031 by thirrdegreetusker on 10 Dec 2014
  • What about this?

    On Galveston Island, 50 miles from the stadium, there is a public RV park RIGHT ON THE BEACH. Reasonable rates. Look up "Dellanera RV park".

    If the weather is nice, hang out on the beach until game day. Take your RV on a seagoing ferry to the Bolivar peninsula.
  • #14032 by HillBillyHogfan on 10 Dec 2014
  • What about this?

    On Galveston Island, 50 miles from the stadium, there is a public RV park RIGHT ON THE BEACH. Reasonable rates. Look up "Dellanera RV park".

    If the weather is nice, hang out on the beach until game day. Take your RV on a seagoing ferry to the Bolivar peninsula.

    Galveston has a really nice beach too... think lake pine bluff before the hogs quit playing at the convention center.  And the women!! Think DeQueen EZ mart after 10pm... Yep, as ole Glen Campbell sang "Galveston, oh Galveston, I still hear your sea waves crashing, While I watch the cannons flashing, I clean my gun and dream of Galveston"

  • #14033 by Hog Fan n Tx on 10 Dec 2014
  • Not sure where you got the picture, but that is not representative of Galveston.  The sand may not be pretty and white but the beaches are clean.  Also Galveston State Park has a beach side and a bay side which is nice and not at all crowded this time of year.
  • #14034 by Hogfan46 on 10 Dec 2014
  • Not sure where you got the picture, but that is not representative of Galveston.  The sand may not be pretty and white but the beaches are clean.  Also Galveston State Park has a beach side and a bay side which is nice and not at all crowded this time of year.

    I agree. This pic is more representative.



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  • #14035 by Hog Fan n Tx on 11 Dec 2014
  • That picture is more like it.  Also for you fishermen, this is a great time of year for bay fishing.  Come a few days early, get a guide and catch more fish than you can imagine.  Saltwater fishing at its best, speckled trout, redfish and flounder.  For a real treat try flounder gigging at night.
  • #14036 by thirrdegreetusker on 11 Dec 2014
  • Galveston has a really nice beach too... think lake pine bluff before the hogs quit playing at the convention center.  And the women!! Think DeQueen EZ mart after 10pm... Yep, as ole Glen Campbell sang "Galveston, oh Galveston, I still hear your sea waves crashing, While I watch the cannons flashing, I clean my gun and dream of Galveston"




    If I had to guess, I would say that photo was probably taken at Stewart Beach, after Spring Break or some holiday weekend. Stewart Beach is (I think) a public beach down on the east end of the seawall.

    Dellanera RV park is located on the other side of town, at the west end of the seawall. Public access is much more limited down to the west, simply because private development occupies most of the land between the highway and the water.
  • #14037 by HillBillyHogfan on 11 Dec 2014
  • To each their own opinion i guess... I have been to galveston a few times and I think the beach and the city are both dumps! If I absolutely had to I would head down to surfside beach, but again, if you want to RV and are willing to stay 50 miles from Houston go to lake conroe.
  • #14038 by HillBillyHogfan on 11 Dec 2014
  • also, the pic I added was a little exaggerated, but you can make lake pine bluff look appealing with the right photo too...  I promise that pic you shared will deceive if that is what you are expecting.
  • #14039 by Sueie on 11 Dec 2014
  • To each their own opinion i guess... I have been to galveston a few times and I think the beach and the city are both dumps! If I absolutely had to I would head down to surfside beach, but again, if you want to RV and are willing to stay 50 miles from Houston go to lake conroe.

    Oh that would be wonderful. Let's go to Surfside beach and see how many hypodermic needles we can shove through our foot.  Surfside is the "Dump of the Gulf".  Lived on Clemens Prison Farm for about 16 years.  I KNOW what Surfside has to offer.
  • #14040 by Hog Fan n Tx on 11 Dec 2014
  • If you want a true picture of Galveston beaches, take a look at the live web cams below.

    http://www.galveston.com/surfcam/

    http://www.galveston.com/seawallcam/

    http://www.galveston.com/beachcam/

    http://www.galveston.com/pleasurepiervideocam/

    I do not live in Galveston, but I do spend a lot of time in the bays and hate to see the city get such a bad rep.
  • #14041 by DocHawg on 11 Dec 2014
  • I was born and raised in Fayetteville and attended the UofA and UAMS. I've lived in Houston for almost 20 years.  If anyone wants advice on Houston restaurants, hotels, nightlife, etc... Ask away
  • #14042 by GingerHog on 11 Dec 2014
  • We are staying at Hotel Derek off of I-610 and close to the Galleria. We will be arriving on Sunday, so what are the cool bars/restaurants close to there that you would recommend to kill time Sunday and Monday?
  • #14043 by TexHog188 on 11 Dec 2014
  • Why did Houston always run the smoke draw on 3rd and long?  I mean always!
  • #14044 by Speedracer on 11 Dec 2014
  • Why did Houston always run the smoke draw on 3rd and long?  I mean always!

    Haha, I see what you did there
  • #14045 by Ashdownpanther on 11 Dec 2014
  • For the folks staying at the Derek Hotel--- you are in a prime spot- restaurants, there are plenty.  If you like steak, go to Del Frisco's in the Galleria ( right across 610 from where you are.) There is also the Capitol Grill , which is about 2 blocks away, West on Westheimer)  If you want Cajun or Seafood, just go down Richmond ( west of where you are and 1 street south)  and there are plenty of bars and places with Real Seafood, not the transported kind.  A great place is "The Grotto" which is on the corner of Westheimer and 610.  Nothing like you have ever had before.  There are tons of bars up and down Westheimer and Richmond but if you want some real Cajun food, got East on Richmond to "The Ragin Cajun" which is about 2 miles East of 610.  A hole in the wall, but some of the best Cajun food in Houston.  There are a lot of micro breweries on Richmond, that brew their own beer that are really cool.  If you have never been to a Brazilian steak house, got to Fogo de Chao, on Westheimer about 3 miles west of where you are, but go "hungary" as it will fill you up with unending Brazilian BBQ of all kinds of meats, and the best salad bar you have ever seen.  Houston is not geared for foot traffic, so you will have to drive everywhere, even if the distance is short.  Enjoy!
  • #14046 by The_Bionic_Pig on 11 Dec 2014
  • Would you recommend touring different area's of the city via metrorail?
  • #14047 by Nuttbashed on 11 Dec 2014
  • What about Downtown as far as nightlife/places to eat?
  • #14048 by HillBillyHogfan on 11 Dec 2014
  • Oh that would be wonderful. Let's go to Surfside beach and see how many hypodermic needles we can shove through our foot.  Surfside is the "Dump of the Gulf".  Lived on Clemens Prison Farm for about 16 years.  I KNOW what Surfside has to offer.

    You proved my point, :)
  • #14049 by tomahawkhog on 11 Dec 2014
  • We're staying at the Westin Downtown. Is that a bad part of town?  Any restaurants you recommend there?
  • #14050 by Brer Hog on 11 Dec 2014
  • For the folks staying at the Derek Hotel--- you are in a prime spot- restaurants, there are plenty.  If you like steak, go to Del Frisco's in the Galleria ( right across 610 from where you are.) There is also the Capitol Grill , which is about 2 blocks away, West on Westheimer)  If you want Cajun or Seafood, just go down Richmond ( west of where you are and 1 street south)  and there are plenty of bars and places with Real Seafood, not the transported kind.  A great place is "The Grotto" which is on the corner of Westheimer and 610.  Nothing like you have ever had before.  There are tons of bars up and down Westheimer and Richmond but if you want some real Cajun food, got East on Richmond to "The Ragin Cajun" which is about 2 miles East of 610.  A hole in the wall, but some of the best Cajun food in Houston.  There are a lot of micro breweries on Richmond, that brew their own beer that are really cool.  If you have never been to a Brazilian steak house, got to Fogo de Chao, on Westheimer about 3 miles west of where you are, but go "hungary" as it will fill you up with unending Brazilian BBQ of all kinds of meats, and the best salad bar you have ever seen.  Houston is not geared for foot traffic, so you will have to drive everywhere, even if the distance is short.  Enjoy!

    Seth Payne?  Is that you?
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