Dallas

Trip Start Nov 09, 2008
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Trip End Apr 02, 2009


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Tuesday, March 3, 2009

We headed up to Dallas, Yvonne hoping to see nodding donkeys and ranches.  We had seen a few isolated nodding donkeys in New Mexico but none since and only one or two ranches but there was a lack of vast quantities of cattle.  We had seen many cattle on the border with Mexico in El Paso and these were not roaming across the Texas countryside but in dry muddy enclosures with a stench that you could smell from the road with the windows closed on the car.
We arrived at Dallas and passed the turning to Ewing Avenue and were left wondering which came first, the avenue or JR?!  On the way to Dallas we also passed through Waco, infamous for its siege some years ago.  The only thing we noticed that seemed to make the town any different from the others was the apparently unusually large number of churches.  Again this got us thinking about cause and effect or was it just something we noticed because of the nature of what we knew about Waco?
The Dallas skyline was, as with many of the cities we've visited, full of gleaming skyscrapers and freeways with intersections that make Spaghetti Junction look feeble!
Having spent the night in a motel close to Love Field Airport, the airport where President Kennedy landed for his fateful visit to Dallas, we decided we would visit the museum which is now on the sixth floor of the School Book Depository from where Lee Harvey Oswald is alleged to have shot Kennedy.  The sixth floor is full of photographs and artefacts from the time and you are given an audio guide which talks you through the exhibits.  We both found the tour very moving, although it is impossible to listen to JFK speak without a smile if you are a Simpsons fan because Mayor Quimby is given the same voice as JFK.
The corner of the sixth floor is set up as it was on the day, so you can see where Oswald was supposed to have been stood and you look down on to the road where the car drove and the infamous grassy knoll is visible on the other side of the road.  When we left we actually drove along the stretch of road where the president's car was travelling when he was shot.  It was quite awesome to be there looking at something that you had grown up seeing on television on innumerable occasions and had enormous impact on the world.
The impact was such that D and Yvonne managed to talk about American politics almost all the way to Houston!
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