48 Hours in Dallas

Saturday, January 20, 2018

They say everything’s bigger in Texas. And sure, I suppose that’s the case. I've never been to Texas. Well, if you count layovers at DFW, then I guess ya. Technically I've been to Texas. But I haven't been to Texas. This was my first trip of the new year. First dart thrown to get this year going. Me having taken full advantage of the three day weekend last week was perfect. Left super early Saturday morning and came back home Monday night. Just enough time to get almost everything in. So here is my 48 hours breakdown while in Dallas.

I landed at Love Field Airport at 11:20am on Saturday and was welcomed with high 30/low 40 degree weather. Glad I left the SoCal 80’s. Don’t matter. I was ready to take on the day. I still surprise myself when I travel because I find it that sleep is not really needed. I was up at 3:45am (okay snoozed once or twice, so like 4:10) on Saturday because my plane boarded at 5:45. Upon getting a window seat, wiping down my seat, seat in front of me, side of the plane- literally everything around me with anti-bacterial wipes, I grab my iPad come to find out my movies have mysteriously disappeared. Fabulous. The entire flight I played Roll the Ball- a game my nephew downloaded on my phone. To my surprise, I was pleasantly distracted between that and my music. And ya, one drink may have helped. Thanks, Southwest for the free drink vouchers. You'da best. 

Anyways. It’s 11:20 now. And I’m in Dallas. Jet to the hotel, check in early, and begin exploring. First stop was Dugg Burger. Good burger and creative experience with the bun “dugg” out and an even better bread pudding. I’ve always been scared to try bread pudding because I always thought it was pudding texture. But I was sure wrong. It was delicious. A must if in the area. Very lively and fun inside as well and the crew was awesome. 

Head back to hotel. Gym. Get ready. Lobby bar. Dallas Stars and Colorado Avalanche hockey game. I haven’t been to a hockey game in forever so I didn’t quite know what to expect. Now, I don’t follow hockey closely. I hardly follow it, actually. I had no idea the Dallas Stars were shamrock green. And I unintentionally wearing the opposing team colors. Cool. Surrounded by a sea of green. At least I was sitting behind the visitor's bench so it wasn’t that awkward. Few beers and 4 goals later, the Avalanche defeat the Stars. Back to the hotel to finally sleep because I knew Sunday was going to be packed and I felt like my tiredness was starting to creep up on me slowly.

Wake up. Gym. Get ready. Bounce. First stop on the list was walking to Dealey Plaza. On the way, stopped at the JFK memorial. As I arrive at Dealey Plaza, it was incredible to see X’s in the street where JFK was shot. Quite moving and eerie. More incredible to see people dodging cars so they can get a picture of themselves on one of the two X’s. The Sixth Floor Museum was super interesting and highly recommend if you’re ever Dallas. So much history and so educational of what happened that fatal day. You walk through what was the Texas School Book Depository and listen to a headset as you walk through and look at pictures and videos that lead up to that moment and after.

After spending nearly 2.5 hours in the museum and at Dealey Plaza, I began the trek to the George W. Bush Presidential Library. Of all the things I did in Dallas, this was probably my favorite. I’m such a sucker for history, and I absolutely love Presidential history. Regardless of your feelings towards Bush, you have got to see his library. Again, very educational and everything was just so neat. I love Presidential Libraries. One thing on my bucket list is to see all of them. Four down. 

After spending another good 2-2.5 hours at the Library, I made my way to the Reunion Tower to see the view 470 feet up. Now, I do recommend doing this as well, but let’s be honest. Paid, I think $16 to get to the top. And was probably there for a solid 10 minutes or so. The view was breathtaking, but not much more than that. I feel like it’s more of a gimmick and an easy tourist trap. But hey! It got me, right! The sunset was really pretty, though- that I will admit.

Sun sets. I’m starving and thirsty. Hit up a couple bars and head back to my hotel for a more relaxing and early night in. 

It's Monday morning already. Get up. Gym. Get ready. Pack. Leave. I set out to Starbucks (because obviously). I always pick up their “You Are Here” mugs whenever I travel. So I grabbed one. Stumbled across this giant, very realistic eyeball sculpture in the middle of the city. Such an eye-sore... right? 

Then I headed to Deep Ellum which was so cute and fun. I wish I spent an entire day here. The bars, breweries, and art were very fun. I was able to spend a little bit of time Monday, but felt rushed to make it back to the airport on time. Came across the Traveling Man art sculptures which reminded me more of War of the Worlds. But they looked happy and were cute. There’s also a super cute place called STIRR in Deep Ellum and would suggest you add this to your list if you’re in the area. Great spot for drinks and lunch. 

After leaving STIRR, it was back to the hotel to grab my stuff and back to Love Field I go. Had a drink at a bar in the terminal and away I went on my plane back home. Layover in Phoenix. Then back on the plane I went until I landed home. I feel like I didn't do nearly as much stuff in Dallas as I typically do when I travel somewhere. This was a much more relaxed and laid back trip, for sure. But it was still a fun, quick getaway. Until next trip....

PS- I've totally neglected my blog. And promise to change that. 
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