Michael & I are off on another adventure in a brand new way...RV road trippin'! Mom and Earl have a fancy shmancy coach with all the comforts of home! We are trekking up through Texas to Colorado for a family reunion.
Every trip begins with packing the essentials like Cadbury chocolate and flip-flops:) I was super proud of myself to have everything lined up ready to go at midnight...hahaha
I was hoping the ride would be smooth enough for reading and blogging while rolling down the road, but alas...not enough for this motion sick prone girl:-\
Mom has a RV road trip agenda including stops in Waco, Sweetwater, & Canyon, Texas before leaving our beloved state:)
After just a 3 hour trip to Waco we pulled into the number 54 space at Flat Creek Farms RV park and headed to the meca of renovation genius...Magnolia Silo's, market and bakery! I am totally in love with Joanna & Chip Gaines and their show Fixer Upper, along with most of America. Apparently Joanna's popularity has now exceeded that of Oprah!
As I was checking out while trying to hide the total from Michael...hahaha (this is a man who still thinks tennis shoes should cost $10!)...anyway he spotted Chip & Joanna's hand prints embedded in the cement counter top. What an endearing touch! I am of the opinion that the popularity of the Gaines is due to their down home, ordinary folks persona. They seem like regular humans... just like the rest of us, and we love them for it:)
Since we had cupcakes in our possession and a dire need to "taste" them now, we sat down in the shade for a bit. Earl never ever meets a stranger and had a long conversation with these two boys about religion, where they led the conservation.We do live in the south, along the outer edges of the Bible Belt, so it's not a taboo topic like some places in the world:)
Mom, me and Magnolia...how sweet considering we both love all things magnolia. Magnolia trees are a southern landscaping tradition, the state tree of Mississippi & Louisiana...an icon of the south. Great choice Joanna!
As we were walking in the museum Michael asked "Why are there two Texas flags instead of one Texas and one American?"....hahahahha... I just rolled my eyes and said "You still don't quite get it" Texas is well... just Texas! We were once our own country remember?"
Oh my goodness...loved watching the Lone Ranger as a kid! Couldn't resist this photo shoot:) Not sure this is our best look...hahaha...my Englishman does have his best tough face on for the camera:)
Many of the old Texas Rangers were legends in their own right. Harold Weiss did extensive research on Captain Bill McDonald. He describes the old Ranger as having "intrigued people with his charisma, bravery, and dynamic qualities." Bill was a body guard for Presidents Roosevelt & Wilson. "He also had the skill to track down outlaws, to evaluate physical evidence found at the scene of a crime, and to disarm or defeat mobs."
And just like that we are on the road again under puffy white clouds floating in baby blue skies, an abundance of afternoon sunshine and ever shorter, scrubbier trees as we head into west Texas. Next stop...Sweetwater.
Woke up to a beautiful sunrise in Sweetwater! Michael & I set off on an early walk in the brisk breeze and cooler morning, especially anticipating over 100 degrees that afternoon in Palo Duro Canyon!
I do love sunrise. It breathes hope into a new day with new possibilities with the promise that new beginnings are always a dark night away!
Well...our walk turned into a hike since the short cut we tried to take through the scrub brush didn't work out so well. We thought about trekking down the train tracks thinking they would lead back but weren't willing to take the risk soooo predictably we took the long way around to be safe...haha
These extensions are like magic ad go in and out with just the push of a button, extending the living space to the size of a small apartment...nice:)
I am always drawn to flowers but as I got closer to admire these purple "dandelion like" blooms it became clear they were the same obnoxious WEED fought in an epic battle for control of my landscaping when we lived in Dumas Texas. Flowers or weeds? It's really a matter of perspective. Set against the stark dessert landscape surrounded by red rock cliffs they are wildly beautiful. Growing uninvited into a carefully constructed landscape they were ugly and unwanted. Perspective is a lesson nature teaches me over and over again!
Old & worn (to put it mildly) wagons were scattered around the venue...oh the stories they could tell!
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