Sunday, September 20, 2009

Texas Part Two

Day two of our trip was as rainy as the first but it didn't stop us from doing some looking around and visiting some legendary places. We went to Billy Bob's to check that out and to see what all the fuss was about. We got there when it opened at 6 o'clock, we aren't seasoned clubbers and didn't realize the action didn't start until at least 9 o'clock!

The food was not the highlight of the visit. My arteries were screaming for help!
There is a lot to see there and it looks just like it does in the movies only a lot bigger! They told us on a busy night it can hold 6000 people! Yikes! I get claustrophobic just thinking about that! There were pool tables galore, arcade games, dancing, a band which started at 9, Clay Walker was the featured singer that night, gift shop, the obligatory mechanical bull and believe it or not real bull riding inside! Lots of memorabilia to look at, tons of hamburger buns sighed by different celebrities and somehow preserved and in frames on the wall. We looked around at everything and being the high rollers that we are left about 7:30! :o)

Earlier in the day we drove around out in the country to get off the highways for a while and to see some of the horse ranches that were in abundance. This is the barn at one of them with a wing on each end of the main building with stalls for the horses. It was a little private community where you could live and board your horses in this facility. It was very fancy and the homes looked to be very pricey. It was fun looking at them though, didn't cost a penny.

This big statue was one of two that was at the entrance. Lots of beautiful horse statues around, I would love to have one on my front lawn!

This was our 'water view' from our hotel room on the 18th hole of the golf course. One morning there was a man out there fishing. I don't think he caught anything.

This looks up from our building towards the main part of the hotel. We were in one of those two story buildings across from these. It was very nice, the room was nice and big and the service was impeccable. It's fun to come back to your room at night and find the bed turned down and everything tidied. I could get used to that.........sigh.......

Here are some more pictures of the Cowboy Hall of Fame. They were scenes from cowboy days and it was very realistic looking.

I really liked the display about the rodeo clowns. This is not an occupation for the faint at heart!

They actually get inside this barrel and the bulls sometimes roll them around. Yikes! I'll pass. It's such an important job though as it keeps the cowboys from some really serious injuries.

There were lots of saddles in the different booths. I liked this one but can't remember who donated it. It looks really comfortable doesn't it?

We decided we should try to find the ranch where we were going to go horseback riding so that we wouldn't be late on the scheduled day. It was about a 45 minute drive from the hotel and we found it quite easily. It wasn't what we expected, it was in a housing development! I think what had happened was this place was there first and then got built around until it was almost surrounded. It looked from the road like they had land in the back sort of like our situation here. As it turned out we didn't get to ride. Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa! I know, it was tops on my list but it wasn't safe for the horses to be on the trails even if it had stopped raining. There was just so much mud it would've sucked the shoes right off their feet and we all know how we hate that. We had a nice talk with the owner the night before and understood perfectly why he didn't want his horses out under those conditions. Made me respect him for not grabbing the money and going for it as some would do. Will definitely try to go back there when we are in Dallas again sometime.

Hubby and Son are on their way home dragging their tails behind them tonight. They went to New York with the Patriots team yesterday and to the game today which they lost. Sad but true. They went out to dinner last night and even ate sushi!!!! Gag! People from Maine just don't eat stuff like that! Well most of us don't anyway. Well I don't.

Guess that's it for tonight. Will post Part Three in a day or so, I know you are just on pins and needles waiting for the next installment..........heehee!


Needled Mom said...

I was going to send you the hints that I received on the photos, but it looks like you got it figured out.

It does look as though you had a wonderful trip. The whole cowboy scene must have been such fun. Yes, I can see one of those horse statues in your yard. You would probably always think that one of the boys had escaped.

I'm glad that you passed on the riding. I can't imagine what it would be like to ride under those conditions. Good for the owner!!!

No sushi???? I'm not a huge fan either. We had dinner with friends last week and they took us to a sushi bar. I can do the mild stuff with lots of soy sauce and hot mustard.

I can't believe that tomorrow is the last day of summer. We are suppose to get a little heat this week so it probably won't seem like fall.

I'll wait with excitement for part 3. Have a great week. xoxox

Carroll Farm said...

I love to hear the bull fighting stories. I have a student in my class whose dad is a famous bull fighter and rider. He is with K-4 Bulls. They do lots of litte events at their house to raise money. I love hearing stories.

Bellamere Cottage said...

Sounds like quite a trip! My only trip to Texas was a stopover on our way home from New Orleans....Not quite what you could call a Texas vacation... :-)

Mmmmmmmmm.......there is NOTHING better than sushi! Delish. I think you might be surprised....Ahi tastes nothing like raw fish. I know, I gagged at the thought too...and had to have it seared a bit, but now.....yep, give it to me raw.

Have a wonderful week,

Dawn said...

Looks like a fun trip, despite the rain. There is a big Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City and in all the years I spent there in college and all the visits back, I've never gone. Shame on me! I am going down there for my 40th college reunion soon, but don't expect I'll have much time for the cowboys then either.

Sushi - I have tried the stuff with only veggies, but raw fish - no thanks!

Sorry about the football game. My sweet hubby was quite pleased with the week-end in Colorado sports - 5 teams won. Unprecedented!

I'm hoping to have a new post up today. It was pouring rain when we woke up and seems to be clearing up now, at 10:30. I was hoping for rain all day - I like the feeling of being inside by myself on a yucky day. I get more done. Oh, well, rain never lasts long in Colorado.

Have a great week!

Sharon said...

Sounds like a great trip.
I can't wait to see more.
I too, would love to have a big horse statue at the end of my drive.
Thanks for sharing.

Anita said...

Yep, that's a lot of grease in that hamburger and fries, but it looks delicious!
I've been to Texas three times back in the 1980s, and agreed with the statement that everyone makes: Everything's big in Texas!
On another note, I started horseback riding lessons a year ago, and have become a fan of the beautiful creatures. I wrote about it on my blog, simply titled "Horseback Riding," either in August or July.

palmtreefanatic said...

yummy place! what a wonderful trip!

I never tried Sushi but have to admit I am a bit afraid ;)

loved all the photos! Can't wait to hear more!

hippo chick said...

I cannot imagine eating sushi. My daughter really likes it, but to me---UGH!

Your pictures are great. It looks like you really had a great time. We've driven through the very top edge of Texas, but that is all. Looks like you saw lots of fun things.

Sorry you didn't get a chance to ride, but I agree with Needled that it wouldn't have been safe.

Sorry you didn't get to stay for the dancing. Unless it was line dancing. I just cannot figure that out.

I'll be looking for Installment III.

~hippo hugs~