Drove in to Dallas today.  We stayed here for a week, at Loyd Park on Loyd Lake in Grand Prairie.  This was our first experience with a state park rather than a typical RV park since we have been on the road.  The traffic getting here was a bit hairy but the weather turned nice and sunny as we rolled into the park.  The first thing we did was to take a much needed day off for some rest.  The park is probably busy on the weekend but it was almost empty so nice and quiet.  Ahhhh.


Drove to Keller to meet with Mary’s niece, Deanna, whom she hadn’t seen in more than 40 years, and her husband, Peter.  Peter is a gourmet chef and prepared a great dinner for us.  He also has a business called Red Kitchen Foods, where he conducts cooking classes and also makes his own line of specialty foods.  After a beautiful evening of catching up for Mary and Deanna, we made our way back to the park.  The next day we went to the George W. Bush Presidential Library with Peter and Deanna.

G>=.W.Bush Library
G.W.Bush Library
Deanna & Peter

The library was nice and although we  didn’t enjoy it as much as some of the others, it was still an impressive chronicle of history.  This makes 9 libraries we have seen on our journey and each one has enabled us to gain new perspectives on our presidential history, regardless of party affiliation.  Every American should make it a point to visit each one.




We took a couple days to visit with old friends, Curt and Anita, who live in the town of Plano.  Curt and Mary are both from Eau Claire, Wisconsin, and have known each other since their high school days .  Their hospitality was superb and we enjoyed 2 nice days with them, visiting the Dallas Arboretum and the Cowboys headquarters.

Curt & Anita
Dallas Arboretum
Dallas Arboretum
Dallas Arboretum
Dallas Arboretum
Dallas Arboretum
Shakespeare at the Dallas Arboretum










Our stay in Dallas was only a week and we wished we could have stayed longer since there is so much to see and do there.  It is our half-way point on our journey to Yuma and we have to move along.  We enjoyed our visits and the opportunity to recharge our travel batteries and we are definitely looking forward to our next visit.










We departed Dallas for the next half of our Fall trip.  Next stop – San Angelo, Texas.