Fall Break was earlier this week! We were off on Monday and Tuesday and I also took last Friday off so that made a great long weekend!
Perfect for tackling our Bucket List!
This trip took care of "Going to Texas"!
I know this blog is an Education blog so I decided to share some things I learned! And what better way than a link up with Kacey and Five for Friday!
So, here you go:
At the museum you are given an audio box and earphones and then guide yourself through displays of photos and artifacts. The story is quite compelling as it leads you through the Kennedy's entire day. They were campaigning and hitting many cities. When they reached Dallas the plan was to ride in a parade through downtown and Kennedy decided to forgo the protective top on his car. You know the rest of the story, but here is what I learned. The parade route had to make a right turn and then almost a U-turn right in front of the book depository. This made all the cars slow to be able to turn. The hubs and I stood almost right at the window where Lee Harvey Oswald was standing with a rifle. It is incredibly close even though he was on the sixth floor. I always pictured this as being an impossible shot, but it wasn't at all. Take at look at my photo below.
Overall, I would say this was one of our favorite museum visits. We both left with a new understanding of JFK's death and the possible conspiracy!
We visited the Dallas World Aquarium. Spectacular place to see!
Here's my favorite animals:
So, here's number three- the third thing I learned.
I already knew this, but it was so reinforced on this trip.
It's this moment:
We were so lucky to be able to attend two sporting events in Dallas. Of course, the Cowboys, but also the Rangers! The Rangers played Game 3 of their division playoff and the Cowboys played the Patriots.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.
Here's the fourth thing I learned: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:
I live in a little town called Decatur. But not in Texas.....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:
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:
See the metal leg on the outside of the building.
Now look below:
That leg on the outside forms this arch on the inside and that is what is holding that building up!
Alright, let's talk about the jumbotron! Yikes, that TV screen is ELEVEN stories tall! ELEVEN! The TVs on each end of it are also massive and you can see inside them and see the separate floors that people can walk on if the sets need repairs- like replacing any of the 30 million light bulbs. The big TV weighs 1.2 million pounds. And if you are not yet astounded - the thing's cost was $40 million.Yep.
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?