Dealey Plaza Up Close

Trip Start Apr 04, 2011
Trip End Jun 14, 2011

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Holiday Park, Benbrook Lake

Flag of United States  , Texas
Thursday, April 14, 2011

The beginning of our day today was a walk back in time to November of 1963. We visited the Sixth Floor Museum at the former book depository building and learned in detail about the events leading up, during and following the assassination of President Kennedy. The exhibit began with the election and early Presidency of JFK. We saw the Zapruder frames of the event and the window from which the shots were fired. You could even look down and see, marked with X's, the places where two of the three shots landed. It was somewhat surreal to be there as it was so easy to picture the situation as it unfolded that day. As we visited the JFK Presdential Library in Boston when we were there in October I think we both had a more personal attachment and understanding of the man who was so beloved by the nation and the world. It was moving to see the tributes that took place in countries all across the world and the outpouring of support for Americans everywhere. I can't imagine what it felt like to experience it at the time but you could sense those who were being brought back to that moment and the emotion that was still very much attached. The arrest and subsequent murder of Lee Harvey Oswold and the entire investigation were shown at length. No stop here would be complete without a trip to the grassy knoll to make your own decision on the conspiracy theories! There was a man with an entire set up- books, recordings, the works- who was trying his best to draw the crowd into making a differet conclusion about what happened almost 50 years ago.

Following the trip to the museum, we grab some lunch and tried our second stab at Texas BBQ...another success! After that we spent the afternoon walking through downtown Dallas, stopping in local shops and enjoying the warm weather. We made a stop at the Thanksgiving Chapel, an interfaith chapel and grounds meant to be refuge for people of all faiths. We had read about it before arriving and then we're directed there to view the stained glass after we visited the Vistors Center in downtown. The museum on the lower level showed the progression of Thanksgiving in American history and in other parts of the world while impressing upon visitors the importance of giving thanks on a regular basis. The chapel above was decorated in a beautiful spiral stained-glass ceiling which we spent some time admiring and left behind a personal gratitude card.

Another warm and pleasant evening (minus the beetle attack) spent cooking on our propane stove and listening to the fish flop on the surface of the lake turned into an amazing lightning show on the horizon. I'm not sure if I've ever seen lightening without rain or thunder but as we watched it flashed brightly over the lake for at least 20 minutes it was certainly impressive and entertaining. A little American Idol and we're calling it a night. We're looking forward to seeing more of Texas tomorrow!
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