Dallas & Austin (Days 7, 8, 9)
Trip Start Apr 04, 2010
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Our drive on to Fort Worth, Texas took about nine hours, it just seemed like twelve. Without the passing of time offered by the geographical distinctions offered by our drive thus far, my delight was comprised of intermittent dodging, and then running over of rolling tumbleweeds. Driving fast had lost its appeal, driving slow was only fun to elicit the one finger greeting from other people in a hurry to get somewhere else and I was left to entertain myself without the benefit of landscape of any distinction and no music that would leave me at all inspired to continue living.. Needless to say, it was far too long a drive.
Once in Fort Worth, with some help from the directions provided by AAA, we found Kirstin’s aunt Jorji’s house
The next day we visited with Kirstin’s sister Wendy and her kids Chaidon and Madison. During our conversation at the restaurant the kids mentioned the brightly embellished candy store across the street and I immediately felt the weight of my new responsibility as their uncle to take them away and get them thoroughly wired on sugar before leaving them in the capable hands of their parent once again. Mission accomplished… What can I say.. I’m a man of service.
After candying the kids I left my phone on top of the car and it came off on the freeway to be retrieved after some skillful “frogger” moves. Then we met up with Kirstin’s Uncle Todd for intriguing conversation over some of Starbucks best brew and went to her aunt Cynthia’s for dinner and drinks into the small hours of the morning. The waking up came too early and with some last minute preparations we were once again on our way.
This time it was to Austin, TX. The drive was, expectedly devoid of much to look at besides the other cars and the smiling faces within. Once in Austin, we met up with our friend Constance and over drinks on her patio, got caught up on what she’s been up to recently and traded stories about our favorite little island paradise, Utila. After a bit, we headed off to dinner with Kirstin’s old college roommate Kristin and her husband Matt. Watching the valet’s eyes when we stopped for him to take our car…priceless… We stayed the night at Kristin and Matt’s house and woke up before dawn for; guess what, more driving…