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A Day at the Fair!

Dallas, Texas

sunny 90 °F

They say everything's bigger in Texas, including the State Fair!
Texas State Fair

Texas State Fair


This is the largest State Fair in the country and we believe it! We were there all day and didn't even see it all. Today was Blue Hair Day (read Senior Day) that meant we all got in free. It was a fun day, with a Shanghai Circus, Texas State Museum, a wonderful Bird Show, and, of course, lots of food!
Biggest Ferris Wheel in the country!

Biggest Ferris Wheel in the country!

Swan Boats

Swan Boats

Big Tex

Big Tex

Cotton Bowl

Cotton Bowl

Texas State Museum

Texas State Museum

Remember the Alamo!

Remember the Alamo!


It just so happened that the Marine Corps Drum and Bugle Corp performed today and we were able to enjoy the performance.
USMC Drum and Bugle Crops

USMC Drum and Bugle Crops

USMC Drum and Bugle Corps

USMC Drum and Bugle Corps


Naturally, we all were comparing it to the New York State Fair. One of the things we missed were the animals. Don and I always go to the New York Fair to see the 4 and 6 horse hitches, but there didn't seem to be any equestrian events :(. I'm sure there were animals, but we never did find them!
Carol and Russ' house

Carol and Russ' house

Camper storage

Camper storage


Darn, it was another beautiful day! 90 and sunny.

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Where were you when . . .?

Dallas, Texas

sunny 86 °F

Do you remember where you were when President Kennedy was assassinated? How old were you? Dallas, Texas is a place that Don has always wanted to go to and today he got his wish.

The morning started with a gorgeous sunrise before we left Lake Arrowhead State Park. Our drive was only 160 miles and it was another easy drive.
Sunrise

Sunrise

Sunrise

Sunrise


We arrived in Forney, Texas this morning at the home of our friends Carol and Russ. They just moved to Texas in August and invited us to visit. We are their first guests and we are enjoying ourselves very much.

After lunch Carol and Russ took us into Dallas to the Sixth Floor Museum in the old Book Depository Building. It was very interesting with an audio tour that we followed at our own pace. There are many photos from the day, videos and artifacts, along with a wonderful model that gave us a terrific view of how it is believed to have happened. If you look closely, you can see the second shooter in the grassy knoll.
Texas Book Depository Building

Texas Book Depository Building

The grassy knoll

The grassy knoll


Next we had a real Texas experience at the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District. Every day at 11 am and 4 pm there is a cattle drive down the main street of Stockyards Station. This is world's only daily Cattle Drive We arrived just in time for the 4 pm Cattle Drive and were pleased to see 15 Texas Longhorns parade down Exchange Ave with about a half dozen cowboys. It was really quite a sight! Stockyards Station has shops, restaurants, saloons and the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame, along with a vintage railway and cattle pens.
Stockyards Station

Stockyards Station

Visitor Center

Visitor Center

Cattle drive

Cattle drive

Texas Longhorns

Texas Longhorns


Today was a beautiful day with highs in the 80s and sun! Loved it!

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Off the Beaten Path

Lake Arrowhead State Park, Wichita Falls, Texas

sunny 91 °F

Today our drive was not on the interstate, but a wonderful state road here in Texas. We took 287 from Amarillo to Wichita Falls and loved it. Nice road, not much traffic at all, and today there wasn't much wind either!

We are staying at Lake Arrowhead State Park because my brother recommended it. He was here in late March on his way to Albuquerque and said it was a nice place to stop. Since we have been mostly at places right off the interstate that are mostly just gravel lots, we decided to give it a try. It is a bit off the beaten path, but not too far. The campground is pretty empty, with only about 6 rigs here! We are the only ones in our loop! The park is pretty nice with camping, hiking, biking, fishing and swimming. The lake is man-made, as all but one of Texas' lakes are, but a good sized one. After we got set up, and turned on the A/C we went for a little bit of hiking to check out the park. We discovered a huge Prairie Dog Town here in the park. It is one of the eastern most colonies of prairie dogs here in Texas with a population of about 40 adults and 30 juveniles right now!
Lake Arrowhead State Park

Lake Arrowhead State Park

Our campsite

Our campsite

Our loop

Our loop

Prairie Dog Town

Prairie Dog Town

Prairie Dog

Prairie Dog

Fishing pier

Fishing pier

Lake Arrowhead

Lake Arrowhead


It was typical Texas weather today, hot! The temp got to 91 today, but not much wind :)

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The Lone Star State

Amarillo. Texas

sunny 85 °F

We left Albuquerque this morning about 9 and there were still hundreds of balloons in the air! It was wonderful to see them one last time. The Balloon Fiesta was everything we thought it would be and more. Maybe we'll get back there one day.
Our destination today was Amarillo, Texas and that is just where we landed! This is our first time in Texas and it is just what we expected, hot, flat and windy! Our campground is fine, easy on and off the interstate, with big sites.
Leaving New Mexico

Leaving New Mexico

Texas

Texas


We had dinner at home tonight (!!), but if we wanted to we could have gone to the Big Texan Steak Ranch. They have a 72 ounce steak that you can have for free if you eat it and the fixings in one hour! They will even pick you up at your hotel or campground in a limo and take you there!
Sunny and warm, 85, but WINDY!

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The Fiesta Continues . . .

Albuquerque, New Mexico

sunny 80 °F

Another day of Hot Air Balloons, but today we went to another place to watch. There were so many balloons that, when you are on the ground with them, you can't begin to see them all. So we went to a higher elevation to watch from afar. It was another perfect balloon day and the box effect was performing beautifully, so the balloons just floated around in front of us for 2 hours before we left!
There they go!

There they go!

How many balloons?

How many balloons?

Shark Attack!

Shark Attack!


We took a scenic ride to Jemez Springs, a little Pueblo town in a beautiful wooded canyon area. It was a great drive with beautiful red rock canyon walls and a really neat Soda Dam. The soda dam is forming from the minerals in the hot springs in the area and continuing to grow. It reminded us of Yellowstone.
Road to Jemez Springs

Road to Jemez Springs

More scenery

More scenery

Soda Dam

Soda Dam


When we came back Steve and Donna introduced us to their favorite Mexican restaurant and we had a wonderful meal before returning home.
This evening there was the last potluck dinner at the campground. It was a soup and salad meal with entertainment and there was a great turnout!
We were so glad that we had gone to see the evening activities at Balloon Park last night because it was very windy tonight and I can't imagine much went on down there ;(.
The weather was beautiful again, 50s in the morning, 80 for a high and, of course, sunny!

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