As president of ChemOps Insights, Donald (Don) Lee Pferdehirt leverages over 30 years of experience as an operator of chemical facilities to advise clients through his Spring, TX-based consultancy. An avid runner in his free time, Don Pferdehirt lives in a region that is home to a number of great places to enjoy a run. The best of these include:
This 445-acre park in the center of Houston gives runners the option of sticking to a two-mile jogging trail or taking a detour to explore the park’s hidden scenery. For those looking to extend their workouts, Hermann Park connects with Brays Bayou Greenway, a 31-mile, naturally formed park that stretches to the Houston Ship Channel.
Rice University Loop
Located across the street from Hermann Park, the Rice Loop takes runners on a 2.92-mile tour through historic Rice University. Flat and largely shaded, the loop offers views of the prestigious institution’s stunning architecture and public art displays.
Buffalo Bayou Park
The numerous trails throughout this 160-acre urban park allow runners the opportunity to consistently vary their routes. What’s more, Buffalo Bayou Park’s ample natural and man-made scenery, which ranges from lush woodlands to the Houston skyline, makes for a visually pleasing workout.
With over 35 years of experience in chemical facilities operations, Donald "Don" Lee Pferdehirt serves as president of ChemOps Insights, LLC, a consulting firm based in Spring, TX. Outside of his work as a consultant and business executive, Don Pferdehirt enjoys a variety of activities, including traveling, running, and skiing.
Unfortunately, Texas residents who enjoy spending a day out on the slopes have no options for skiing in their warm and sunny home state. However, there are several notable resorts in nearby Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming that make great weekend destinations for Texas skiers. Here are three of the top spots:
1. Aspen, CO
As one of the country's most well-known ski towns, Aspen features four separate mountains for skiers of all ability levels. Perhaps most notable is the fact that Aspen is less than three hours away from Houston by air. This means that skiers from the Lone Star State can wake up in their own beds and then find themselves on the Aspen slopes by the afternoon.
2. Salt Lake City, UT
Featuring 10 winter resorts within a one-hour radius, Salt Lake City is a top ski destination offering what Utah calls "The Greatest Snow on Earth." The nearby town of Park City is home to world-class skiing as well as great dining and hotel options for Texans on an overnight trip or extended ski vacation. Like the trip to Aspen, the flight time from Houston to Salt Lake is also under three hours.
3. Jackson Hole, WY
Wyoming's Jackson Hole Mountain Resort has been operating for over five decades, and it remains a favorite skiing destination for its varied terrain and great on-site facilities. The direct flights available from Houston to Jackson Airport only take two hours and 45 minutes, great news for Texas skiers.