A Road Trip Through Texas: Recap

In yesterday’s post I told y’all my trip was over. And it is. I’m back home sleeping in my own bed for the first time in a week. But I have more I want to say about it.

This trip was exactly what I needed. I returned to work the first week of December and hadn’t taken any time off since. Every weekend feels like a mini trip for me, though I’m mostly lying in bed sleeping. No exaggeration.

It was nice to get out of my routine. I know everyone probably feels this way after taking time off work, but I really needed to focus on myself. I don’t think I have been. Not for a long time. This allowed me to do that. But I know myself. It won’t last. I tend to focus on the wrong people and things in my life. For example, ask me who I’m more likely to respond to in this scenario: a text message from someone who has made it clear they don’t really want me in their life in any capacity and someone who has made the opposite clear. Except it isn’t only texting. It’s hanging out. It’s wanting to do stuff. It’s talking. It’s asking for help. It’s everything. And it isn’t just one or two people.

This last week showed me that it’s okay to just think of myself. That I’m perfectly fine eliminating what should have been eliminated from my life a long time ago. That I can focus on the right people and doing what I love without needing anything from anyone who doesn’t want to be active in my life. It seems so simple when I type it out. But it isn’t. Not for me and probably not for most. In the hours since I’ve been home I’ve already realized how different it is when I’m here. I’ll fail in keeping my promise to myself. But I know now what it’s like not to. And for me, that’s something.

A Road Trip Through Texas: Day 4

I spent the day at the Dallas Zoo. It’s only the third zoo I’ve ever visited! And it’s also the largest in Texas.

I spent more than three hours exploring the zoo. By the time I finished I was pretty tired. I was lucky it didn’t get too hot during the day.

They let you feed the giraffes! I imagine this may be fairly common in zoos, but this guy was getting ALL the treats! The others were fine eating off the trees or the grass.

They also have seven Galapagos Tortoises! But I’m a little disappointed because a child threw a plastic wrapper into their enclosure and then one of them ate it immediately. Like, that’s unacceptable.

I was there fairly early after the zoo opened, and many of the animals were sleeping. 😂 I also just want to sleep out in the cool morning sun. There were a ton of snakes and reptiles.

These two did not budge for anything. Just another day relaxing in the water.

After the zoo my brother decided to join me for the Astros-Rangers game. I’m a little flabbergasted by the team getting a new stadium. This one was only my third MLB stadium, and I thought it was quite nice. Though we were freezing as there were strong wind gusts the entire game.

The Astros lost. But the beauty of baseball is they play again today.

After the day I decided for sure to just stay here in Dallas for the remainder of my trip. My initial plan was to go to San Antonio on Wednesday (today) but I’ll hold off because the things I want to do in San Antonio can be done in a three day weekend whenever I want to.

A Road Trip Through Texas: Day 1

I’m not a travel blogger and I’m not going to be. But I’ll do my best for the next week.

My plan was to leave my place at 8. I didn’t. Ended up leaving around noon. I was sleepy. But that didn’t change the first stop on my trip, the George Bush Presidential Library in College Station on the campus of Texas A&M. My third presidential library.

Immediately you walk into this grand foyer. By far the best entrance of the three presidential libraries I’ve visited.

Once you make your way further inside you get to see The Beast. My second time seeing one of these in person. They don’t look like much, but it’s basically a tank. I’m exaggerating, but not much.

The museum takes you through the life of President Bush (I had no idea he played baseball at Yale), but I was surprised at how few personal items the museum has on display. Most of the museum is old photos and the best exhibit was on terrorism.

It had another car, some dresses, and a few gifts the family had received. Most of the museum is interactive in some way, which is what I’ve come to expect from just about any modern museum.

Of the three presidential libraries I’ve now visited, this one was by far the busiest. My guess is it was because of the recent deaths of George and Barbara, but I don’t know.

Final takeaway: The museum was nice, though small. When compared to the LBJ and JFK libraries, it isn’t as extensive as LBJ’s and is about on par with JFK’s. Likely because they were both president for a short time.

After my late start I scrapped the rest of the day’s plans because I still had another three hours to drive to Dallas, where I am now.

Day 2 will likely be another short one because all the museums either open late or don’t open at all on Sundays.