On The Road Again – Anniversary Style

This weekend, to celebrate our anniversary, my Dude and I went on a short road trip.  It wasn’t really a road trip but more of a destination trip because this time we went someplace and stayed put.

Ripple Shawl

Ripple Shawl

The weeks leading up to this trip we went back and forth as to where we wanted to go.  The Gulf Coast was out because everyone, including their grandma, grandpa, aunt, uncle, niece, nephew, dog, cat, hamster and gerbil would be headed that way because this particular weekend, at least in the United States, is typically the first weekend of summer.  So we decided to head north.

We left Saturday morning for the Omni Mandalay Hotel in Las Colinas, a community in north Irving.  Since it was a quasi-road trip, I took my road trip activity with me.

Here’s a sneak peak of my current shawl-in-progress.  I was thinking I might finish it while on the road this weekend but I didn’t.

Neat Highways

Neat Highways

As we passed through Hillsboro and took IH-35E to Dallas I was struck at how neat and tidy the roadways were.  Kudos to the local TX DOT office for keeping their area looking nice.  It was a nice break because the TX DOT office in my area is falling down on the job because everything looks overgrown and messy.

When we arrived at the hotel, our room was on the 22nd floor, in the corner.  Las Colinas is known for its mustang sculptures and they could be seen from our room.

Las Colinas Mustangs

Las Colinas Mustangs

Here’s a few more pictures from the hotel:

Rain!

Rain!

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Dallas at Night

Dallas at Night

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Lake Caroline

Lake Caroline and the Skyline

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Mandalay's Swans

Mandalay Swans

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Bird at the Lake

Bird at Lake Caroline

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Lake Caroline

Lake Caroline

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H-E-B Health

H-E-B Health

We used to live in the area, way back in the day, and we drove around to revisit our old haunts.  There is an area just to the northeast of Fort Worth called the Mid-Cities and those cities include Hurst, Euless, and Bedford.  The nickname for the area is H-E-B. For those who live further south in Texas, HEB is the name of grocery store chain.  My son was born in Bedford at the H-E-B Harris Methodist Hospital so at home I get a kick in telling everyone that he was born in HEB.

Texas Motor Speedway

Texas Motor Speedway

Later we drove by the ole’ homestead in Roanoke, a community on I-35West, north of Fort Worth.  When we lived there, the city only had 700 people in it along with a landowner who ran bison.  Every night when we went home from work we would laugh and sing:

“Oh give me a home, where the buffalo roam…”

Now the city has 7,000 people, the bison are gone and NASCAR has moved in.

Argyle socks with Justin boots?

Argyle socks with Justin boots?

From here we jumped back on the highway and headed north, past the towns of Argyle and Justin, toward Denton.
Do you think the folks in this area wear argyle socks with their Justin boots?

Barnes & Noble - Lewisville

Barnes & Noble – Lewisville

Oh, and what’s a road trip without the requisite visit to a bookstore? No breaking the bank this time.

It was a fabulously relaxing weekend.  On Tuesday we came back home and topped it off at Red Lobster, where it all started 28 years ago.

Hope you enjoyed the trip!

Karina

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