And of course the trip was accented by the eternally perplexing and mind-numbing experience that is Buc-ees. If you don't know what I'm talking about, I feel half joy, have sadness for you. Buc-ees is a gas station slash convenience store, but it is so much more. First of all, it's huge. As in larger then you're probably thinking the word "huge" even alludes to. Second, it has everything you could ever think of, and many thinks that you never could. (enter beaver nuggets) There are stuffed animals, kolaches, Buc-ees boxer shorts, grilling equipment...need I go on? Hopefully these pictures will communicate the essence of Buc-ees more than my words are capable of.
The following week was filled with little adventures. One of my favorites was our visit to Klyde Warren Park. Dallasites know what I mean, yes? This is a new park in downtown Dallas that the city is very proud of, and rightfully so! Why? Because it is built on top of a freeway. Yes, on top of a freeway. Over the past couple of years, they basically slapped some concrete on top of a part of the free way that dips down below street level and turned it into a sort of extended tunnel. Throw some dirt, grass, and trees on top and you've got a park! But in all reality it is a fantastic park. It has a very modern design with the sidewalks criss-crossing every which way, sun chairs and little tables are scattered all across the lawns. There's two long gravel walkways framed by a collection of miniature St. Louis arches, there's a dog park, you can even rent equipment to play croquet, ping pong, and put put golf. And best of all, there are food trucks! The sensation that is sweeping the nation has finally made it to Dallas! The trucks ranged from hamburgers and hot dogs to sandwiches to Viatnemese food to ice cream. We chose the Viatnemese food truck, but only because it had mint lemonade. Which was phenomenal. Did I mention that it was 85 degrees this day? Straight up sweltering. That's Texas for you, 85 degrees in early March. Yikes. This temperature spike also resulted in my first sunburn of the season. Summer is the season of sunburns for me.
Other highlights from the week included a much needed hair cut, a pedicure, plenty of card playing, and even more coffee.