So, here you go:
First up is our visit to The Sixth Street Museum which is the location of the Texas Book Depository and the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
In the photo above the arrow is pointing to the window where Lee Harvey Oswald was standing when he shot Kennedy.
The yellow star is about where Kennedy’s car was with the building in the background. It is not that far!
It is a large building that houses a great variety of birds, water animals, monkeys, insects, reptiles, amphibians, and more! It is put together in an unusual way with twisting wooden paths you follow through several floors. It was extremely informative with little stops when you could check out more information about the animals being viewed by using a tablet.
In the photo above you see Garden Eels. This is a snake-like animal that lives in a burrow. They secrete a special fluid that coats the burrow so that if they move straight up and down and almost out of the tunnel it does not collapse and then the eel can move right back down the tunnel. Once this eel builds its burrow it almost never leaves. To eat it just lowers itself into the sand and waits on food to float by. Then out it pops!
The animal above is a Lion fish. It is quite beautiful to watch, but the information about it said it is secretive and hides all day. At night they come out and hunt in packs. Very predatory! Very beautiful to watch!
The one above is a leafy sea dragon! He was also very pretty and very well camouflaged with its leaf-like fins. They float aimlessly and blend into the background. They live in the waters of Australia. I think I could float pretty aimlessly there myself!
Last are the flamingos. The silly things are gorgeous, but they sleep standing up – on ONE leg. Here’s what I don’t understand: Their one support leg is TREMBLING! Visibly shaking. Why don’t they just use two legs???
But, no matter how awesome those games were, the moment I will remember in both are in the photos. When the National Anthem is sung and the crowd sings along, especially the soaring lyrics near the end, it is amazing. I always get goosebumps. It is a moment when every person in the crowd is on the same team- for a few minutes.
Again, this is something I already knew, but still find it really amazing!
On our last morning in Texas we decided to just drive, with no destination in mind. We just wanted to see the Texas landscape. Imagine our surprise when we saw this sign:
Well, by the time we saw this sign we were almost there and of course we had to stop!
We parked on the town square and walked around the county courthouse. Then we visited a quaint antique shop and since it was lunch time we asked the store owner for a local restaurant recommendation.
This is something I already knew, but maybe you will learn from this. If you are hungry and in a new town ask a local for the best place to eat.
The sweet lady told us to go to:
And it was the best food of our trip! If you ever get down to Decatur, Texas stop in and ask for their squash casserole. Divine!
And finally, let’s end this on a science note.
I totally marveled at the complexity of the Cowboys’ stadium. It is truly a magnificent structure and the feats of engineering that brought it about are stunning.
Take a look:
In the photo above the arrow is pointing to several tracks. Those large windows are on each end of the stadium and when it is needed they slide open. There are six windows and they will open completely in 6 minutes by sliding on the tracks. We were told on our tour that both sides must be opened at the same time or the change in pressure will cause the unopened windows to break!
And if you are still not convinced this stadium is massive take a look below at the 18 wheeler inside the stadium.
So, that is what I have learned (or re-learned) this week!
How about you?