While in Fort Worth, we checked out Curly's Frozen Custard (we love frozen custard), the twice-daily cattle drive at the Stockyards, the Botanic Gardens, and ate at Uncle Julio's with Niki.
Patrick says this will be our backyard someday.
Our 4.5 hour drive home took 9 hours because Jonas was not keen on sitting in the car. This afforded us quite a few stops where we found these Texas gems:
Corsicana had a very stern warning about stealing gas. No, you won't go to jail. You will lose your license, which is far worse. People may be willing to steal gas, but they would never go as far as driving without a license. Phew. I bet the gas station owners sleep a little easier at night.
The Conroe Outlets leave much to be desired. Once we passed this window display of a pink sweatsuit, I said "I want that" (Napoleon Dynamite, anyone?). Just imagine the treasures that could be found inside if this was the best they had to offer.
By the time we made it to Huntsville, it was a little too late/dark to visit the world's tallest statue of an American hero (Sam Houston). It is 67 feet tall with a 10-foot granite base. Not too shabby.
On a more successful statue note, we saw this Tribute to American Statesmanship off the freeway a few months ago and had to find them. It took some work because they are in a totally obscure spot (and I'm not talking about the Presidential Park off 288). If anyone sends me a picture of themselves in front of them, I will give you a small prize.
Finally asleep. We thought we would have to stay at a hotel in the Woodlands.
Oh yes, and Jonas learned to drive just outside of Huntsville. We're very proud of our advanced baby.