Today is the final recap of our Thanksgiving Road Trip! It's also some of my favorite parts of our trip. The Tuesday before Thanksgiving, Donny and I headed into Dallas. It was actually my first time back in Dallas proper in a few years. We had quite a bit of time this day, so we weren't in a hurry. Our first stop was the Trains at NorthPark Center! This was such a neat exhibit with trains all over the store, throughout various cityskapes.
After we left the mall, we drove to SMU to visit the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum.
The Bush Library and Museum is one of the coolest museums I've ever been to. There were so many great exhibits, tons of interactive places, and awesome artifacts.
There was also a special temporary exhibit with all the White House decorations from Christmas 2002, including an exact replica of the official Christmas tree that year.
President Bush painted this bird himself earlier this year!
After the museum we met our friends at Twisted Root Burger Co. for dinner! I love these guys so much and wish that I could see them more often!!
Me and Rachel
Donny, me, Rachel, Monica, Mike, and Julie
(Khrystal refused to be photographed, so she took the picture)
Wednesday, we went to Fort Worth in the morning to Sundance Square, which is one of my favorite places in Texas. They've made some changes in the few years since I've been there, but I thought it was still fantastic. When we got there, it was already decorated for Christmas, which I loved of course!
After Fort Worth, Donny had lunch with his BB/BS little brother while I did a bit of shopping and got a pedicure in Burleson. It was literally the only hour that we spent apart in nine days! Later that evening, we went to Donny's "grandparents'" house to hang out with them and for me to use her kitchen to make some dishes for Thanksgiving the next day. I just love them so much-- they're the kindest people and have welcomed me as a part of their family. I wish we had had more time to spend with them on this trip.
Thanksgiving morning, we were up before the crack of dawn to go to Fort Worth for Donny to run in the Turkey Trot. His stepbrother ran too, and they both finished in under 30:00! (While his mom, sister, and I froze our tushies off...)
We spent Thanksgiving at Donny's mom's house, where she had thirty people for dinner! I really missed being with my parents and family, but I also had a great time with Donny's family. And the food was amazing!! Sadly, I didn't get any pictures of the whole crew...
Friday morning, we left our hotel around 4:15am (yes, you read that right) and hit the road. Our first stop was in Little Rock, Arkansas at the Clinton Library and Museum. The architecture was unique and cool, and the inside of the building was beautiful. But it wasn't my favorite museum. I felt like there wasn't much information at all, and what was there was very political instead of factual. I was disappointed because so much stuff happened during the Clinton Administration, and I felt like everything was glossed over.
We also stopped in Memphis, TN at the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel. This museum was PACKED. I have no idea why, since it was the day after Thanksgiving, but I guess we weren't the only people traveling through Memphis and wanted to see it. But I was, again, disappointed. There were a ton of different exhibits in this very large museum, and it started out well. But the second half seemed rushed, and they didn't really give me all the information. I felt like I didn't know what they were talking about in some of the exhibits because nothing was really explained, no story told, and lots of events jumped over. I was, however, glad to see that it was more than just a Martin Luther King, Jr. museum. Obviously, there was a lot about him as you got closer to the spot where he died, but there was plenty of information about other civil rights leaders as well.
Our final destination of the day was Nashville. Before we got to the hotel, we drove through the city and down through Broadway. I thought it was beautiful. Lights and music were everywhere! We rolled down the windows, and music from the street wafted in. Granted, I don't love country music, but the atmosphere was fantastic. I'd absolutely go back there to visit more.
We ate dinner at Darfon's, where we had a fantastic kobe beef burger. I'd definitely go eat there again.
Saturday morning, we again woke up before the sun and hit the road. We saw a beautiful sunrise coming through the Tennessee mountains.
And before long, we were back home!
I've never done such a long trip in the car before, but I would definitely do it again! Donny and I had a great time. Now to figure out where we should go next... :)