Texas Trip Part I: The Drive

From Des Moines to Rockport.

My in-laws, Curt and Su “winter” in Rockport, Texas. So, my husband Luke and I decided to head to Texas for a week just to get in some R&R, sight-seeing and of course to visit the ‘rents. Here is Part I of my four part blog series about our fantastic Texas trip. And, here’s the kicker: we drove! It is about an 18 hour drive straight through, but after a six or so hour drive to Wichita, KS, we decided to spend the night there. We were up and at ’em the next morning and out the door at 9 a.m.

On our way through Oklahoma City, we thought we would stop and pay our respects and visit the Oklahoma City National Memorial. This beautifully laid-out tribute was worth the stop to honor those who lost their lives in the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building April 19, 1995. Click here to see the memorial and museum’s wonderful and interactive website.

The museum behind the memorial wall.

There is a chair representing each person (168) who died that day. It was sad to see the small ones representing the children in the day care.

9:01 - the time the bomb went off. The other pillar had 9:03 for when the building fell. It only took two minutes:(

The Survivor Tree. It survived the bombing and is something like 90 years old.

A nice reflection.

We also enjoyed seeing the beautiful bluffs as we drove through Southern Oklahoma. In some parts you can tell they cut the roads right through the bluffs!

Driving through the bluffs.

Shortly after the bluff area, we were in Texas… only about seven more hours to go.

One very exciting thing we were finally able to do when we were getting closer to Rockport was to stop and get Whataburger! OMG, if you have these in your part of the country, you are lucky. Where do I sign the petition to get Whataburger in Iowa?

Luke excited for his Whataburger!

We got to the condo at 10:30 p.m. just before we skipped forward for Daily Saving Time. It was wonderful to see “Mom and Dad” for the first time since Christmas and we were happy to be off the road. Luke was especially happy since he drove half of Texas in a downpour. During a drought, I think it’s safe to say “you’re welcome” to Texas, as we must have brought the rain with us.

And, here are a few pictures of/from the lovely condo the in-laws call home for three months out of the year and that we stayed in for a few days. I forgot to take inside photos:( The outside just doesn’t do it justice.

Stay tuned for Part II: Gators, Falls and Splashes…

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