Deep in the Heart of Texas: Part Two

7.3.18

I know you’ve all been anxiously awaiting the sequel to our Texas trip…

so here goes!

The last post left off at the end of Houston and West Side Story, so early in the morning after the show closed, we headed north to Lufkin (technically a much smaller part named Keltys), which is the birthplace of my incredible Grandad, Rev. Billy Joe Dickerson.

I had the privilege of growing up near my paternal grandparent’s hometown (Boston), but I had yet to see the place that inspired Billy Joe and his rockin’ cowboy boots, which he even wears at age 90!

Side note: My mom (Melodie) and step-dad (Rex) came to Houston to see the closing of the show, and joined us on this leg of the road trip!

Again, here is our adventure through photos…

Lufkin:

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Childhood home lost to time
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My mom’s grandparents and my great-grandparents
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Our view along most of the drive
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King of the Wild Frontier!

 

We took a brief stop in Crockett (yes, like Davy Crockett) because my Grandad preached at this church (along with many others in Texas) and because it was en route to WACO!!!!!!!!!!!!

If you haven’t caught on by now, Taylor and I LOVE Fixer Upper/Chip and Joanna Gaines. We have read both their books, have hats, t-shirts, mugs…too much?

Without getting into too much about them (another time), at the core, Chip & Jo are a wonderful couple that have turned their dreams and goals into reality and stayed true to themselves and their values in the process.

Therefore, since we were in Texas, we had to visit their “complex”, named Magnolia Silos, as well as their new restaurant, Magnolia Table. We also loved walking around downtown Waco-so cute!

Another connection with Waco and my Grandad-he went to Baylor University in the 1950s! Two of my uncles (Tim & Joe) went there as well! Did you know their mascot is a bear and they have a BEAR EXHIBIT (WITH BEARS) on campus?!

 

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EXCITED! DREAMS!
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Delicious cupcakes from the bakery!

 

We also FaceTimed Grandaddy into a walking tour of Baylor-I felt like I was part of the admissions team by the end!

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Beautiful Baylor
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Walking over the Brazos River

The next morning, we also went to Magnolia Table, which Chip and Jo recently renovated from a historic restaurant (Elite Cafe) that had been around the Waco community for a number of years.

THE BUTTERMILK BISCUITS WITH STRAWBERRY BUTTER…worth the wait.

That’s all.

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Ok, we will gladly have the buttermilk biscuits!

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Of course, we had to visit the Silos one more time…

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Being silly

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Dallas/Ft. Worth:

From Waco, we continued north and stopped for a break in this sweet little town called Waxahatchie.

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The sign says it all

We got to Dallas later in the day, and this statue was awaiting us…

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Aptly called the “Giant Eye”
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Dealey Plaza

The Sixth Floor Museum wasn’t open by the time we arrived, but we did spend some time walking around Dealey Plaza, reflecting on the location where JFK was assassinated.

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Part of the first settlement in Dallas
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Pit stop at Southwestern Seminary…where my mom got her Master’s Degree

The following day in Ft. Worth, we went to the historic stockyards, and felt like real cowgirls and cowboys. We also went to a delicious Mexican restaurant, named Joe T. Garcia’s, which had the best homemade tortillas I’ve ever had, hands down.

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Standing in the middle of the road…always a good idea

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The highlight of the day was seeing the cattle drive, where the cowboys guide the Longhorns down the middle of the brick streets!

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AMAZING!
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We saw it twice-two directions!

 

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Close…but no cigar

Per Taylor’s request, we ended the day and this chapter of the trip with none other than…IN ‘N OUT!

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Rex’s first time having In N Out…he approves

Previous to this trip, I’d always imagined Texas to be mostly tumbleweeds and cacti (if I’m being frank). This trip opened our eyes to how beautiful the countryside is, and how much art, culture, food, activities and many KIND PEOPLE there are throughout our second biggest state.

Our last section of the trip, driving to Austin and then circling back to Houston, will be chronicled in Part 3!

(I promise it won’t take so long to write this time.)

 

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