Welcome to the second weekend round up! This weekend we made our way north towards Dallas. We wanted to try and do a bigger trip this weekend because it is the last one before I have to head back to Georgia to finish my last semester of school. Very exciting but also a little sad. Starting next weekend Lakey and I will be making a solo trip back to Georgia. Ok so now to back away from thinking of leaving too soon and back to the recap of exploring Dallas! So first things first Dallas was huge! Seeing it in person makes such a difference some places you look at on a map and they look big but you don’t actually realize how big they are till you are there. one day would not be enough to explore all of it so we picked our priorities to try this time around.
One thing I love about traveling with Kevin is that we don’t get caught up in only arriving at the destination if we did we would have missed on this gem. The Little Czech Bakery we had German baked goods the day before and wanted to continue our international food tasting, and those billboards worked! We just had to stop to try, this place was packed! I guess it always like this because the person in front of us had a shirt declaring he made it through the line. This little bakery has a Shell gas station attached and has a relatively normal gas station on one side with baked goods then the building joined to it is also dedicated to the bakery. I tried a fruit kolaches and a pepperoni kolaches but they had so many to choose from I wish I could have tried them all.
We only spent about a half an hour here just long enough to get some food and eat before completing the last bit to Dallas.
So a fun fact I didn’t know about Dallas they have so many free options for getting around. There are two trolleys that go around the city but the M-line is free to ride Then for city bus options for when the trolley can’t get you where you need to go is the D-link . After getting off these it was just a short walk to where we wanted to go. For parking our car so we didn’t have to pay an arm and a leg there’s free parking at the beginning of the trolley line near this park……Now imagine a dog park that has a bar both dog and owner are happy well that’s exactly what we found.
The next place I wanted to go to was the farmers market. I am a sucker for farmers markets I love them and I love supporting local business. first walking down the street you run into the flower shop called Ruibals that takes up about two blocks of just pretty flowers.
We approached the market which is open every day and is like a food court but better. there are so many options when you first walk in it’s like a wall of amazing smells.
There is plenty of seating inside with big tables running through the middle of the market and in any area not occupied by a restaurant. we ate at the little Mexican restaurant located near the front. You order at the register they hand you a card with a Hispanic name and that’s how you know your order is up. Also a side note during the week from 2pm-6pm they have 2$ drafts and margarittas!
Next for the juicy part the actual market! this part is only open on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday but it is filled with baked goods, fresh produce, and lots of coffee and home goods. We weren’t planning on making it home that night so we didn’t have a chance to buy much this trip but walking around it felt like being in a movie.
We finished exploring the market and we were both done with city exploring. We made our way back to where we get on the trolley but passed a few parks along the way that are all free to use. The coolest one, however, was Klyde park it had a splash park a bar, tons of food trucks and a really cool playground!
I love planning but more in the fact of having a game plan of what we would like to see. Since Kevin and I meet I’ve only really planned where we would camp about twice…Other than that it was a winged process of figuring it out when we got there. so this time we took back roads back towards base and ended up going by Lake Whitney. Lake Whitney has parks on all sides of the damn. All of these parks allow free camping… jack pot. For being free these sites were very well maintained and the bathrooms weren’t part of a scary movie.
On one side of the damn was the lake and that’s where we camped but the other was part of the Brazos river. The night we got in we paddled down the Brazos till it was getting too dark to paddle.
We stayed up way too late drinking beer and weather came in the next day so we didn’t kayak anymore instead we headed towards Waco to grab some brunch before heading home.
Spice village has a ton of restaurants and shops located inside and that’s where we found the Olive branch a cute cafe. That has really yummy coffee and french toast!
Before leaving the area we had to check out one more place and that was Cameron park. This park is huge! It has countless miles winding along the river and up the hill which has amazing views a the top. These trails are open to hikers, bikers, and horse back riding. At the beginning of the park, it has a few decent sized play grounds for the kiddos! The best part about the park is all of these views are accessible by a car as well. so even if you’re not in the mood to hike drive on up enjoy the view at one of the many picnic tables.
That concludes our adventure weekend! after leaving Cameron park we headed home for some rest before Kevin had to head back to work the next day!