West Texas Family Adventure: Day 1-ish

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Let’s get ready for a family adventure!

So this trip’s purpose was threefold.  First, the kids completed a challenge of reading 15 chapter books and the reward was a hotel stay.  Secondly, Brian needed to get boots on the ground in West Texas to finalize plans for this Texas bike tour and instead of him making the 6+ hour drive there alone, he invited us along.  Third, we wanted to break in the new van (Nissan NV Passenger Van) with a road trip.

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It was a long drive, but we made it there and… I just realized the following pictures are from the next day.  Because when we finally rolled in it was 9:30pm and we squeaked in dinner at Penny’s Diner before crashing out at our Holiday Inn & Suites.

That was an adventure in itself.  Very friendly staff, though the line cook seemed to be doing all the work running the place.  The back of the tiny diner was filled with students from the university across the street, gabbing about campus life and classes (we only noticed as we passed them while using the restrooms.)  The line cook made special Mickey Mouse pancakes for the kids that were literally bigger than the plate -I don’t think I’ve seen pancakes that big.  It reminded me of the legendary steak in the film “The Great Outdoors.”  Yes.  We at it all. Confession: I ordered fried pickles, which, I believe, we dipped in ranch.

We learned that West Texas has a large chasm between greasy spoon fare and bistro dining.  There is nothing in between.  Unless you want to eat at Subway or Little Caesars.  We ended up going grocery shopping and grabbing a variety of very odd things we put together, vowing that next time we’d bring our InstantPot  so we could eat real food.

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Who doesn’t love hotels, huh?  Cable tv so you can watch weird shows 24/7, bouncy beds, new furniture to climb on, SWIMMING POOLS, breakfast buffet in the dining area with those packaged chocolate chip muffins (which are basically cake) you can eat every day and feel like, “What?  I’m having breakfast.”

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Aaaaahhhhh, the electronic age.

WIFIiiiiiii….

Another thing the kids love about hotel stays: grabbing some e-time between adventures (and watching cable tv.  Did I mention cable tv?)

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At least she has standards.  Reading the fancy, artsy magazine/newspaper that covers the West Texas area.  Gallery openings, creative photo displays, hand thrown pottery that comments on the modern times…

Culcha.

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And bouncing on beds.

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