Texas Road Trip

Life got crazy busy the second I got home from Texas. My dumb ass scheduled six appointments for me and my kids in seven days. I was also getting over the crappy cold I got down there, had a few dates with Jacob, and a bunch of stuff to do at the school. I finally had a chance to go through my pictures over the weekend. Here's a little recap of my road trip with Carrie.

Dallas. We flew out of Seattle at 6:30 in the morning and because of bad traffic we didn't have time to grab breakfast before we boarded, so our first stop was In-N-Out. Then we hit up the George W. Bush Presidential Library, The Sixth Floor Museum, Dealy Plaza, and the JFK Memorial. The museum was really, really good. I could have spent another few hours there. We were exhausted and the city was totally dead so we stopped by the grocery store to stock up on road trip food and called it a night.

West, Waco, and College Station. We decided to take a whole day driving down to Houston so we could see a little more of the state and wouldn't have to spend hours sitting in the car. We stopped in West for kolaches at Czech Stop. In Waco we wandered around Magnolia Market at the Silos. I've never seen a single episode of Fixer Upper and the store wasn't really my style, but the place was pretty cool. We also went to the Dr. Pepper Museum and strolled through the Baylor campus. In College Station we walked through Texas A&M and visited George Bush's Presidential Library, then had a late and quick (my bad), but fun and delicious dinner with Jenn from Quirky Pickings.

Houston. I woke up with the worst cough and sore throat and struggled to keep up the entire day. I'm so happy we took a bus tour of the city because I felt like I saw and learned a lot without having to do much. We thought we'd take the city by foot afterward but it POURED all day long. After grabbing lunch and shopping a little, we went back to the hotel to nap. I woke up with a fever and didn't feel like moving. Sadly, Houston was a bust and it was all my fault. It's a cool city and I wish I could have done more. By the way, did you know there are six miles of pedestrian tunnels under the city? Our tour guide told us about them and it blew my mind. I feel like a complete idiot for not knowing about it! Of course we went down there, just to check it out.

Space Center Houston. I took Mucinex and NyQuil, got a ton of sleep, and was ready to take on the day. NASA was one of the highlights of the trip for this nerd. I love space stuff and this place was completely awe inspiring. The museum is so well done, you can easily spend an entire day there! We took the tram tour of Johnson Space Center, saw Mission Control, went into a replica of the Independence shuttle and an original shuttle carrier aircraft and saw Saturn V, which was so massive and impressive and exciting.

Galveston. We made it to Galveston around 3:30 and went straight to the beach. We spent some time walking in the water then on to Pleasure Pier to eat while the sun set. Then it was time for the Krewe of Gambrinus Mardi Gras parade! The people were super friendly and fun and we had a blast. We finished the night at Cracker Barrel to eat breakfast for dinner.

Austin. Carrie had been battling sinus headaches for two days and woke up with a full blown migraine and our bus tour was cancelled because of the marathon. So we went to South Congress and we finally got some Mexican food at Torchy's. Then we checked out the view from Butler Park, wandered around downtown, stopped into Mexic-Arte, and drove to Graffiti Park. Carrie wasn't able to handle anymore, so we checked into the hotel to relax. I was still coughing up a storm and lost my voice, so I was totally fine with it. We ended up not leaving the hotel the rest of the day. Carrie slept and I ate snacks and watched the Britney Lifetime movie. We were woken up around midnight by crazy loud thunder and insane lightning. When I glanced at my phone to check the time, a tornado warning flashed across my screen. Whoa! We found out the next morning that tornadoes touched down in San Antonio damaging 150 homes and hurting five people.

San Antonio. The next morning I let Carrie sleep in and went to the LBJ Presidential Library on my own. Afterward we met Jessica from You Are My Color for lunch. I think I've "known" Jessica for about six years and was so excited to finally meet her! Lunch went by way too quickly. Next it was on to SA where we checked out The Alamo, shopped and ate at El Mercado, took a bus tour of the city, and had dinner and margaritas along the river. The next morning we took a river cruise, drove to all the missions, and strolled through Pearl before our flight.

I really loved Texas! Every person I encountered was super friendly and it was easy to get around. There is so much history and culture and each city is so different. While hanging out at NASA, I decided then and there that I'll be bringing my family back to Houston when my kids are older. And as I was telling my sister about my trip over lunch last week, we decided to take a weekend trip to Austin next year. I had such a good time!


SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

For both of you being down and out at different and also overlapping times, you did and saw a ton.

I've been to Dallas and found it largely dead. I haven't been to San Antonio and I'd like to visit there for a weekend.

Jana @ Jana Says said...

I'm going to Dallas in October for a conference and cannot wait to do all the Dealey Plaza things. But I am weird and morbid.

It seems like you had a lot of fun despite being sick!

Erin of TexErin-in-SydneyLand said...

I was scared to read this because I haven't been home in almost two years, and the homesickness has kicked in.
For both of you getting sick, you did soldier on and saw a lot. I ALWAYS recommend Fort Worth to any and everyone who visits Texas, so I'd say that was a spot you missed, but you can't always do/see it all, can you?
Glad you and Jenn got together.

jenn said...

i'm glad i got to see you. sorry to hear you got sick. i feel like maybe part of that's my fault, but i'd been on medications for weeks, so maybe not? still. also it's the time of year. practically everyone's been sick in these parts.

i do hope you enjoyed your trip and tours. it was lovely meeting your friend. thanks for stopping through.

lil desiqua said...

I love that your first stop was In-n-Out. That was my first stop on my first trip to the West Coast (we don't have any on the Eastern seaboard!). Galveston looks like a lot of fun and I love to see outdoor art galleries like Graffiti Park. You guys saw so much even though you both weren't feeling well. Jessica's was one of the first blogs I read when I got into blogging- so awesome that you got to meet her and Jenn! I think a second trip to NASA and Austin are definitely in order! I'd like to go for the SXSW Festival :)

Jo said...

Looks like so much fun!

Karen Peterson said...

So there are a zillion things to comment on in this post, but you stopped in West, Texas! Jenny Lawson used to live in West, Texas!