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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I am thankful for…

A thankful thought from Cathy…..

I am thankful for modern miracles that come in the form of medical research and clinical trials. Without this a little boy named James would not be here today. Almost five years ago James was born with an ultra-rare genetic disease.  This would be a terminal diagnosis except for a clinical trial.  Years of research preceded this trial and made it possible. Today James is alive and going strong.  Miracles are happening every day in labs and hospitals around the world by those who dedicate their lives for a cause.  God is still performing miracles today.  You just have to know where to look.  For this I am thankful every time I look at the smile on my grandson’s face.

This week on Tuesday was “Giving Tuesday.”   We are thankful for people who give monetarily and of time for those who need help when they have nowhere else to turn.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

Sometimes things don’t go as expected….

The week of our Waco trip Cathy suffered all week with sinus problems but thought she was getting better as the travel day came.  Friday night, our first night in Waco, she had irritation in her eyes and thought it was mascara, until she took her contacts out. At this point she realized that she was getting an eye infection.   img_4330

After a long night, first thing Saturday morning Lee got on the phone and found a nearby walk-in clinic.   We took Cathy to Premiere Urgent Care in Waco.  They advertise quick care and man do they mean it.   It was 8:00  a.m. and we had a tour scheduled  across town at 9:15. We mentioned that and they were so accommodating.  This place even had a little refrigerator with complimentary sodas, water and juices.   They also had a coffee bar along with charging stations. We were there a total of about 30 minutes and then we were on our way to the pharmacy to get Cathy’s prescriptions.

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So,  Cathy with one contact, no make-up and sometimes sunglasses on a cloudy day,  along with Debbie and Lee set out to explore Waco, determined not to let this ruin our trip.

Out of all our trips this was the first time for a need of medical attention,  We kept our heads and figured out what to do, just as we would if we were at home.

 

 

 

 

 

Waco, Texas….The home of Dr Pepper, Baylor University and of course…Magnolia Market

Our Travel day is finally here!  We headed out before the sun came up around 6:30am.  The trip was great and the conversation among three friends was even better.

We arrived in Waco around 1:00 pm and decided to get a bite to eat before we checked into our Airbnb Rental.  We had several people recommend Georges and decided to go there for lunch…It did not disappoint!  The owner, Sammy came by our table to say hi and ask about our shirts.  He gave us several suggestions on what to have for lunch and told us his lunch specials have not increased in price since he opened.  We all agreed that $5.99 for a plate lunch was a great price for all the delicious food piled on the plate.

Debbie sprang for some homemade onion rings and oh my they were awesome!

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Sammy highly recommended his famous Fire Cracker Wings ( they are not really wings at all) and told us He catered tons of them to the White House during the George W Bush administration. (A little know fact…George W Bush lives on a range about 28 miles from Waco) While we were waiting in our lunch Sammy sent a complimentary order of firecracker wings to our table…they were the bomb!!

 

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Sammy Citrano and Three Girls Travel.

 

As usual we went in search of a Pandora store for our travel charm. Gabby helped us find a special Waco charm.  She was a doll.   If you need jewelry go see Gabby at Di’Amore.

 

 

 

 

After a long day of travel we made a run to the local Walmart for some snacks for the weekend.  Doesn’t everyone go to Walmart when they reach their destination?

Then back to our home away from home, The Serene Getaway. We highly recommend this house, It is as cute as can be and our host Abigail was wonderful.  She is an Airbnb super host and we understand why!  We had snacks on the bar, coffee and creamer, eggs and water in the frig.  She was very quick to respond to any questions.  The house is very centrally located in a very peaceful, quite neighborhood.

 

 

 

 

Just a few pictures of the beautiful sunset on our way home.