Thursday, May 5, 2011
Road Trippin Cross Country! You got me Dallas
Due to my hectic schedule and a million things going on with the current trip I am on (back east), I have not been able to post anything! So much going on that I can't even begin to get into it. I am very fortunate to have found the work space that I recently acquired. Getting back to the road trip though. My next stop on the road was good 'ol Dallas. I had never been to this part of Texas so I was anxious to see the difference in people and scenery. The drive was about an hour and a half and to be honest, I don't remember much of it at this point. I do remember a quick conversation with my mom trying to figure out the best place to stay near Amarillo. That would mark the beginning of my trip on Route 66. I drove through the city and had absolutely no idea where I was going as usual. This lead me out of town and then a quick U turn got me back on track. Seeing the skyscrapers loom over me brought a smile to my face. I've always loved big cities. I don't think I could reside in one but I could definitely work in and visit one. I found a lot that was decently priced and parked. Then began my walking adventure. I was still attempting to wear my chucks on a daily basis which was not the brightest choice I must admit. They are not the most comfortable shoes to walk all over in but they became a part of my road trip style. I couldn't resist taking a couple self portraits in the tall glass buildings. Another signature of mine. I even grabbed up a few shots while crossing in the cross walk. To my pleasant surprise, the pictures are completely in focus :o) The Nieman Marcus building was a lot of fun, all decked out with store front interactive decor. Who wouldn't stop for a cute little robot with a camera? Not me! The stars were a sight to see especially since they were made by local children. I'm always a sucker for displays with purpose. It didn't take long for me to find the huge, abandoned hotel that I couldn't figure out if they were trying to save or to demolish. I think I walked around that building at least twice. If only I could have gone exploring inside. Now that would have been fun. I kept walking and eventually ended up in a rougher part of town. Not my brightest moment but I was fine the entire time. I am very lucky that nothing has ever happened to me while I'm out exploring. It then began to get closer to nightfall and I was then on to my next mission; finding a Starbucks. Now, you would think in a city as big as Dallas it would not be a problem finding one or even just a coffee shop open past five. Nope, they all closed when the working man went home. Le sigh. I did come to find that they were filming a tv show in and around the lot where I parked my car. I believe the name of the show was Chase. I had never seen it but I hear from the crew it's "alright." They were all so nice and helpful after they found out that I not a paparazzi but just a traveling freelance photographer. After getting the call from my friend that she was off work, I then proceeded to head to her place for a much needed dinner and relaxing time. It was good to see a fellow alumni from my school being that I hadn't been able to see much of anyone after we all graduated. Kristen and I had a little fun with my now boyfriend; Matt, on the phone. This would again became a regular thing with the phone calls and video log shout outs. The long hours on the road were starting to get to me and I was getting more and more ready to be home. We ended the night with a movie and then much needed rest.