Hello, my friends!
Yay, I’m back with the second part of my vacation series! Today I have a BUNCH of Texas photos for you guys, specifically from this gorgeous overlook we found and then our visit to the Magnolia Silos in Waco. I also added phone pictures of funny vacation memories like that time Megan got stuck in the campground bathroom and when we narrowly avoided being smushed by leaning telephone poles… 😛
If you haven’t yet read the first part of the series, click here to do so. Otherwise, let’s get into it!
Before we get to the scenery, I have a couple phone pictures for you guys that I forgot to include last time. First… Megan and I went to the campground bathroom one morning and HER STALL DOOR GOT STUCK. We both kicked at it for a while but it wasn’t budging, so she had to climb out the top. OH MYYYYY. :’D I’m sure it was funnier in person, but we certainly laughed so hard.
Also my best friend Aria and her husband Andrew met up with us at this same campground! It was so good to see them and talk to them again, ahhh. ❤ (This photo was a collaborative effort: taken by Mom on Aria’s phone and then edited by me. 😛 )
Now we get to the scenery! We drove through this beautiful part of Texas just as the sun was setting. The valleys were deep in shadow but the tops of the plateaus were still shining red-gold. So, so pretty. I took this one out the camper window.
Soon after I took that last picture, we saw a “Scenic Overlook” sign and a shelter perched on a hill ahead. We were like… why not?
At first we parked the camper and just stood in the parking lot taking pictures…
But soon we couldn’t help exploring the little paths past the pavement. It was warm enough that I wore no shoes, but cool enough that I kept my coat on. I know it’s usually the other way around, but… what can I say? :’D
Beyond the gravel parking lot, the ground fell away into a spreading valley of warm rock and cedar-looking shrubs. It’s so hard to convey the grandeur in photos – I wish you guys could have been there in person to see it! I’ll try and describe it for you anyway.
At the end of this chasm rose grand, plateaued peninsulas, still and strong and silent.
The evening air softened the landscape beyond to blurry blue hills set off by a pink-washed sky circling the rim of the earth like a halo. Such a lovely contrast between the rough, angular rocks and muted, pastel sky. ❤
We could see for miles and miles and miles. You know how it feels like the world is yours when there’s no other living souls around to claim it…?
Sometimes a plane hummed by overhead. Once I heard coyotes howling off in the distance. But in between, even when we were talking and laughing, the sheer expanse of air muffled the noise like a blanket of snow does: a hushed, subdued sort of stillness almost as splendid as the scenery; the “be still and know” kind of quiet.
At least that’s what I was enjoying.
My brothers, meanwhile, were having a high ol’ time throwing rocks into the valley. Boys… *rolls eyes* :’D
I like the way the branches frame my parents in this one.
Don’t you love the moments just before night makes up its mind to really be dark, when the sky is so smooth and clear like this? I edited this one differently so it’s more orange and less pink, but I like that way too. 🙂
We stayed until the sunset was nearly over and you could see the half-moon through the trees.
And then we climbed back into the camper for a short meal before getting back on the road again, leaving our little kingdom behind for someone else to claim another day. But… I have pictures of it, so it will always be mine, at least a little bit. 🙂
We drove into Texas and then out of it into New Mexico, briefly, before driving back across the state border. My brothers and dad quite enjoyed whatever day of the trip this was because they got to see lots of huge dairies, feed lots, tractors, and flat farmland. 😉
Another phone photo but GUYS, LOOK AT THESE POWER LINES. Yes, they really were leaning over that much – some of them even more! It was a most disturbing road to drive through, but thankfully we made it out un-squashed. :’D
At last we made it to Waco, Texas. (This part of the post will make a lot more sense if you’ve heard of the show Fixer Upper.) We thought it would be a neat place to visit while we were in Texas, and it sure was! Our first stop was the restaurant Magnolia Table for possibly the best breakfast I have ever eaten. (And yes, Carmen was there – she was just taking a picture at the same time I was. XD)
Okay, I promise I’m not usually “that girl” who takes pictures of her food for Instagram… but I kinda took pictures of my food for this blog. Oops. But guys, this restaurant was amazing! I got the “winter greens” juice (which tasted nothing like it sounds – it was SO DELICIOUS), and then Megan and I shared that breakfast sandwich and the oatmeal skillet. Yummm.
After breakfast, we went to tour the Silos, which is a collection of cute shops owned by Chip and Joanna Gaines. Here’s a bit of Waco scenery first:
To be honest, I thought the Silos would kinda be a tourist trap, but it was honestly really well-done and we had a lot of fun wandering through the pretty buildings and neat shops!
This renovated church was charming inside and out. (Excuse the cute little photobomber, hehe.)
Isn’t this gorgeous??
The sun and shadows from the windows…!
Now the shops. I didn’t get many pictures of the… I don’t even remember what this was called. Magnolia Market? Magnolia Home? Something like that. It was filled with beautiful and extremely expensive home decor, as I figured. 😛 Super fun to walk around and admire, though.
Here’s a picture from probably my favorite little shop. It had stationery! And watercolors! And art stuff! Megan and I could have stayed in it forever, hehe.
Of course, the iconic silos were pretty hard to miss. I thought maybe you’d be able to go inside, but nah. We just enjoyed them from the outside.
One of my favorite parts of that morning was finding a photobooth and taking pictures with all my siblings. Oh my goodness, we were squeezed in there so tight, let me tell you. :’D IT WAS A BLAST. The resulting pictures make me so so happy.
We convinced Mom and Dad to do it too and theirs came out so cute. *grins*
(Man, I’m remembering why I never post phone photos on here… Anyway.) Guys, LOOK WHAT I BOUGHT AT MAGNOLIA. I didn’t realize what it said on the tag until Jeff showed me when we got home! :’D It’s literally called the “Allison Watering Can.” HAHAHA. How perfect is that?
I’ll end with this picture from the… other Magnolia shop. Magnolia Market, I think? Anyway, the words seem fitting for our road trip. I think that’s one of my favorite things about family vacations: they make it so easy to behold the beauty of the here and now. ❤
Phew, I managed to fit all those pictures in there after all. I actually have more Texas photos, but since they’re all beach pictures, I decided to save them until next time and post them on their own. 🙂 Stay tuned! Until then…
What is your favorite funny or lovely vacation memory? Have you ever been in a photobooth?
Thanks so much for reading, dears, and have a lovely day!
P. S. Photos taken with my Nikon D3400 and a 35mm lens. Edited with Lightroom and picmonkey.com.