Deep in the Heart of Texas

Trip Start Jul 05, 2006
Trip End Jul 22, 2006

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Monday, July 10, 2006

Well, it's official...we've both picked up southern accents.
****NOTE-the following entry should be read with a Southern accent****

Today we continued hanging out with Jenni's folks before leaving for San Antonio. In the morning we drank coffee, watched tv, and talked to Uncle Rick about history, the family, etc. Then we went out to breakfast to this place called Dwayne's, which was kind of like a diner where the food was good, especially the biscuits and gravy. We chose Dwayne's because the only other option was an IHOP. So, in order to help acclimate ourselves to Texan culture, we figured that we had better do what we could to help us fit in. (actually, the IHOP was too crowded).

After breakfast we packed up and were on our way. We stopped at a rose garden, right in Tyler, before heading down to San Antonio. It had lots of gardens and a rose museum. The museum showcased the history of Tyler's Annual Rose Festival. Starting in 1933, and continuing ever year after (except during World War II), they name a "Rose Queen" and an elaborate dress is designed and made for her to wear. Jenni was in awe of the amazing craftsmanship of the dresses and made Rick take lots of pictures. He was happy to oblige.

On our way to San Antonio, we drove on TX-31, which is kind of a smaller road, and is very scenic, as it goes through a bunch of the little towns in East Texas. In between each town, the speed limit goes up to a whopping 70mph, but every few miles, it slows down to about 45mph (suddenly) for each town. And by town, they mean a traffic light and a few hundred (or thousand) people. We stopped in Corsicana, TX, at Jenni's dad's favorite restaurant, Whataburger (yes...its pronounced as one word, Whaddaburger), where we each had a burger "all the way", with mustard. Now Rick knows why it's called Whataburger....because he exclaimed as he bit into it: "Boy, what a burger!"

After driving through Waco and Austin, we finally arrived in our shoe box...errr....hotel room around 9:15ish. It's no Hermitage, but it's better than a jail cell and cheaper than a campsite, so it'll do just fine. So as we sit on the bed, making our Turkey and Swiss cheese sandwiches, we long for the fluffy goodness that was the Hermitage.


July 9th playlist
1.Emery, The Weak's End, US31, Tyler, TX, (Rick)
2. Cream- Greatest Hits, US31, TX, (Jenni)
3. Soundgarden- Superunknown, I 35 South, Waco, TX, (Rick)
4. Rush- Moving Pictures, I 35 South, Austin, TX, (Jenni)
5. Fuel- Something Like Human, I 35 South, near San Antonio, TX, (Rick)
6. ELO- El Dorado, 410 Loop, San Antonio, TX, (Jenni)
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