Les Gavin from Scotland
April 2008

On the last weekend of May of 2008, my good friend Les Gavin came across from Scotland to see his niece get married and visit me and Phil Simpkin.  I met Les and Phil on my first trip across to Aberdeen Scotland back in the late 1990s and over the course of some six trips for business along with them coming over to Houston to work on a software system I was designing, we all became good friend.  On a few trips, my wife Johnna went across also and became good friend with Les and Phil also.  Later in 2006, Phil moved to Houston and my wife and I are good friends with Phil and his wife Margaret.  Recently, Les had a on the job accident which left him with a debilitated back injury requiring a cane to walk along with forcing him to retire early.  Early in Les's life he was one of the founding members of a motorcycle gang in Scotland which has grown quire large in the UK.

For a few days, another good friend Dave Dyer, Phil Simpkin and I took Les around a few places to see some sights before he flew back.

  Eating Dinner with Les, Thu, April 24
1 Houston Museum of Natural Science
2 Keith, Johnna and Phil


  Alamo & River Walk in San Antonio trip.  Fri, April 25
1 Dave Dyer, Keith and Les Gavin in front of the Alamo
2 Dave, Phil Simpkin, Les and me.
3 Les in the back courtyard
4 Phil and Keith in back of Alamo
5 Dave clowning around with Phil
6 Les and Keith
7 Les and Dave walking at the River Walk


  Brazos State Park, Southwest of Houston, Sat, April 26
1 Les in front of one of the lakes
2 Les getting very close to one of the alligators
3 Keith next to one of the alligators
4 Keith getting real close to one in the water
5 Another real close encounter with one of the alligators
6 Close up of one of the alligators leaving to back into the water.


  Galveston Strand and Space Center Houston, Sunday, April 27
1 Keith and Phil
2 Keith in the back on one of the Apollo Rockets
3 Side view of one of the Rockets
4 Les and Phil inside the museum area
5 The Mission Control Room
6 Galveston Island Trolley
7 Eating lunch on the Strand
8 View of the Strand Shops
9 *** Photo from June 20, 2009 of the Strand showing the water line from Hurricane Ike