You know you're a Texas when...

Trip Start Jul 20, 2010
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Trip End Apr 01, 2011


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Thursday, March 17, 2011

The Blue Book Value on your truck goes up and down depending on how much gas you have in it...
ok...where to begin...

This last week was the week of the Burmeister family vacation.  Everyday was rather busy, so I'll give you the run down.

We picked them up from the airport on Wednesday and made a quick stop at home and we were off.  The first stop was Harley Davidson, a favorite of Brooke and Jodi's.  http://www.dallashd.com/   From there we went to a quick lunch stop at On the Border and then they headed over to some of the downtown locations.  These stops included House of Blues, Hard Rock Cafe, Dick's Last Resort, and a few others.  This was all before stopping to check out Medieval Times.  Medieval Times is a "Dinner and Tournament" where you get to have a nice dinner while you watch a show which includes some jousting and a lot of horses.  Before the show we got to put on some little king hats and look at all of their stations set up from Medieval times.  It was pretty good...but it would have been a bit better if they would have stopped about an hour earlier instead of repeating everything 10 times, but dinner was very good, and Jodi scored a free glass...and Doug almost had one has well.  http://www.medievaltimes.com/dallas.aspx

 The next day I had to go down to San Antonio for work, so since there's some neat stuff down there to see, everyone came along.  While I was at work, they enjoyed a bit of lunch and then headed down to the River Walk.  The River Walk is an experience in itself.  Even though Adam and I visited while we were staying in San Antonio, there's always lots to do.  They got to see the Tower of the Americas and this time we took the boat ride round the river and found out quite a bit of history.  Our tour guide was pretty good as well.  When we decided to head back, Adam and Brooke took one car, and Jodi, Doug, Zack, and I took another.  Of course, the GPS got us lost, and it had basically advised us to head into a road that was nothing short of a short corn field, the kind of setting that would make for an excellent horror film.  Needless to say, we took a different route and went rather far out of our way and Adam and Brooke got Whataburger.  Brooke approved, What-A-Burger (http://www.whataburger.com/how_it_all_started.php) lives up to its name, and the rest of us decided to check out Ruby Tuesday's next door.  Ours was pretty good was well.

We went back to the hotel and relaxed a little bit before the next packed day!  The hotel served us a nice hot breakfast, we got a bit of swimming in, and we were off to the a winery.  The winery ended up being in a small town I believe was called Gruene (http://www.gruenetexas.com/).  It was very similar to Door County, with lots of little neat shops and places, only difference was there are about 100 of these little towns just a couple miles off the high way.  Its called the Texas Hill Country.  We stopped at the Grapevine Winery and shared a bottle of White Merlot....very good and then checked out some of the shops located around the area.  After this we headed into Austin and took the long way around through rush hour to a German beer hall.  We decided to stop because it had nothing but great reviews, but unfortunately our experience was not as great.  After this, we made some reservations at Perry's Steakhouse (http://www.perryssteakhouse.com/locations-menus/austin), as this was Zack's goal, to try some well known Texas Steak.  Perry's served Texas Prime Dry Aged Beef.  Everything about the place was wonderful!  Adam and I split some carpaccio and surf and turf, and the rest of the table enjoyed steaks.  They were a big hit, and Brooke and Zack got dessert which looked fantastic as well!  We took the drive back from Austin to Dallas that night, and it was hard to believe the next day was already Saturday.

Saturday morning they had the chance to go check out the Cowboy's and Rangers stadium.  From there we headed over to the Fort Worth Stock Yards (http://www.fortworthstockyards.org/).  We stopped and had a bit of lunch from a restaurant called Billy Bob's BBQ (http://www.billybobstexas.com/).  This place was HUGE!  They had a gift shop, games, dance floor, a fake bull, pool tables, and an area where they had real bull riding.  They also had some big name concerts come out within the next couple weeks and had many hand prints from various stars and bands which have preformed there.  Every Friday and Saturday night they have live bull riding.  We did stay this night for that, but Adam and I will have to check that out some other time, it would be right to stay in Texas and not see that!  From there we explored some of the other areas of the stock yards, this included more shops and then a special parade they had going on for St. Patrick's day.  They also had a cattle drive everyday at 12 and 4:30, however I don't know if I would call it a cattle drive.  It was more like 5 old animals walking down the middle of the road.  Saturday night we went to dinner at a Mexican restaurant and Jodi got to spend some time with a friend she had not seen in awhile.  From there we went to check out Gilleys in Dallas.  Apparently I'm missing out since I never watched Urban Cowboy, but this is where the establishment is known from.  It wasn't quite the same as the original one in Houston, so we took a little drive around to see if there were any other places which caught our eye.  Surprisingly, there was not a whole lot going on, we we headed back to the Irving area.

Time flies, and Sunday came and went as well.  On Sunday we all slept in a bit (thank you day light savings) and then Adam, Brooke, and Zack went to the driving range, got some ice cream, and played some basketball.  During this time, Jodi, Doug, and I picked up a couple more things that we had missed along the way at Hard Rock and the like, struggled with trying to find Texas white, sweet wine for her to take home as gifts, and finally ended up home by the pool spending some time BBQing.  We had a few sprinkles, but other than that, it was a relaxing end to a nice vacation...our in our case, stay-cation!
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