New friends in unexpected places….

You never know where you could find kindred spirits.   This time it was in Waco, Texas the last morning of our trip.   Our plan was to go to “Butter My Biscuit” but they were closed.  We were so disappointed because we really wanted to go to their brunch.  So our next choice was Olive Branch at Spice Market.

As we walked in we spotted a small table in the corner and proceed across the room.   As we were passing through we heard a voice saying, “Hey, I like your shirts, do you all travel together?”   There sat three ladies at a table and our conversation started at that point.  They asked if we wanted to get a table for six and that’s just what we did.   We found a large table and had a delicious breakfast together.

Three Girls Travel, our new travel friends and our lovely server who made our breakfast possible and took care of us.

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During the course of the next two hours we exchanged stories about ourselves and our families as well as our travel adventures.   We learned that we are all very similar.   They have been traveling together for seven years and had been interested in blogging but did not know where to start.    We shared our knowledge of blogging (as limited as that may be.)   At least we could tell them how to get started.

We discussed places to travel that were close to us and they shared the same.   They are from Arizona and loved sharing places nearby that would be fun to visit.   Since we have not traveled to Arizona that is a place we would like to explore. We hope to meet in Branson, Missouri at some point, which is a trip we all had on our travel lists.

We left finding spirit sisters and we cannot wait to possibly plan some trips where our paths will meet again.

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To our “travel sisters” if you reading this,  know that meeting y’all our final day in Waco was the highlight of our entire trip.

Food in Waco…..It’s G-O-O-D!!

There are so many excellent food choices in Waco with a lot of very different types of restaurants and young entrepreneurs in the area with unique ideas.

Our first choice was George’s, which we have already blogged about.

Our next great pick was Vitek where the BBQ is about as good as you will find. It’s been in business for over a hundred years, starting out as a butcher shop. Their special is the “Gut Pak” so Lee and Deb had half a gut pak.

We also tracked down a great taco food truck, Las Trancas (Chip Gaines goes there for tacos.)  We decided to take the advice from our Waco Tour guide and try Torchy’s Tacos for their cheese dip, aka “liquid gold.”

Brunch on Sunday morning was at Olive Branch in The Spice Market.

 

 

 

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Magnolia Market in Waco

Of course the reason you would go to Waco, if you weren’t going to visit Baylor, would be to go the Magnolia Market.  The lines were long but it was worth the wait.    We stood in the long, long line for the Silos Bakery for some of the famous cupcakes and then on to Magnolia to do a little (or a lot) of shopping.

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And… the best photo bomber award goes to …… April from Florida.

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After the bakery we visited the Market.

 

We bought many treasures and made our way to silos and the garden section of the Magnolia.

 

 

The last stop of the day was a trip to the Findery to shop.

 

When the vehicle is full you have to stop shopping!!!

 

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Tour of Waco

We met for our tour at Hotel Indigo, checked at the concierge and waited for our driver Cowboy Dave and tour guide Sydney to give us the go ahead to load up on the Mercedes tour van.  We were pleasantly surprised when Sydney asked our group would we mind having a prayer for our tour before leaving.

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The tour was fabulous. We learned so much about the history of Waco.  We had three stops along the way.  Stop number one was Heritage Creamery and Common Grounds.  We had our choice of all-natural ice cream or a cup of joe.  Cathy and Debbie had Cowboy Dave’s favorite ice cream, Brown Butter Texas Pecan and Lee had Cowboy Coffee.

 

Next stop was the Lover’s Leap overlook at Cameron Park. The story is that Running Bear and Little White Dove were in love and from different tribes, a forbidden love.  They jumped to their death to be together forever.  It even inspired the song “Running Bear and Little White Dove.” Of course we had to sing the song and do the motions in the van. Everyone participated and enjoyed it.

 

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Along the way we saw a lot of the Fixer Upper houses.

The last stop was Harp Design Co.  The owner of this company is Clint Harp who at one time was making a six figure salary and left that behind to pursue his passion for making furniture.   He could not get anyone to contract him for furniture and was experiencing such hard times that he was showing his portfolio of furniture to everyone he could.  This was overhead by someone who changed his life.  A man who heard him talking to a lady at the gas pump, showing his picutres.  He said, “My wife and I flip houses and might have a need for your furniture.”  That man’s name was Chip Gaines…. the rest is history.

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We all bought a few items at Harp Designs to take home with us of course. We headed back to Hotel Indigo at the end of our wonderful tour.  We would highly recommend this tour if you are in the Waco area.  Make reservations ahead of time, there are only a limited number of seats available.