Tuesday, July 14, 2009

I Admit It: I Love the Lonestar State


On Wednesday, we say a sad good-bye to our relatives here in Dallas and head across Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi as we wind our way toward Detroit. There are only a few states I've not visited and those three are on the list, so we're taking the long way home to see a bit of them. I used to love the show, In the Heat of the Night, so my family is sure to be blessed with me humming the theme song all the way across Mississippi.


Our time in Dallas has been lovely. We spent yesterday at a waterpark, and today we rode the commuter train into the city to walk around and visit the location where President Kennedy was shot. The museum and gift shop were very nice, but it was an odd feeling to think about that building and how it must have been that day in 1963. What you can't see in this picture are two X's which mark the spots where his car was when he was hit. The grassy knoll is that grass area to the right.


When we first rode into Dallas on Saturday, it just seemed like another big city. Now we see the beauty of it. We see how everything appears to be clean and new. We are amazed that there are middle class neighborhoods right in the city. We love the public transportation and the mix of cultures. I suspect that we could easily live here.

In another year or two we expect to make this trip again, but that time it will be for our niece's wedding. What a happy trip that will be.
Before we arrived in Texas, I thought it would be hot. It is. I thought it would be big. It is. I thought it would be just another state. It's not. Someone told me today that at the start of each legislative year, the Texas state lawmakers vote on whether or not to succeed from the U.S. It's probably a symbolic tradition, but I think that if Texas ever did succeed from the Union, it would hold its own.



10 comments:

Mads and Kelli said...

you know you have been in Texas too long when you say things like: head across Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi as we wind our way toward Detroit ...and they sound normal to you! LOL! Talk about the long way home... Have fun!

Laura ~Peach~ said...

gee mississippi is just a hop skip and jump from GA.... you could take the LONGER way home !!! looks like tons of fun!!!!!!
be safe!
hugssss

Living on the Spit said...

ANd then VA is not too, too far from GA, so you could take the long, long, long way home!

Just a thought. So glad you all are having fun.

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

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A Lawyer Mom's Musings said...

Gee. I need to take another look at my fair city!

But I'm sure glad you guys enjoyed DART.

Safe travels.

Mary Ellen said...

Texas is on my list of states to visit, so I'm glad to hear it's as clean and nice. Great photos. Enjoy your wandering trip through the south!

jojo said...

I have to admit I really liked Texas too. I wasn't expecting it to be so pretty. We went up in hill country and it was just beautiful. Enjoy the rest of your trip and be safe...;p

Noe Noe Girl...A Queen of all Trades. said...

That is some trip girl! What fun!

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