Tuesday was our first glimpse of Texas. I was all excited to get a picture of the Welcome to Texas sign be we never saw it. No worries! When we crossed the border there was an Info Center and the nice guy gave us a map and this interesting tidbit of info:
From our present location in Texarkana (see Jim's finger above), you are actually 6 miles closer to Chicago than you are to El Paso (my finger).
With a thick Texas accent, of course. I didn't know if I really believed him until we kept driving and driving and it went on FOREVER.
We stayed the night in Iowa Park, TX with our good friends the Bragdons from our White Sulpher Springs days. But before we got there, we spent the last 2 hours of our trip stopping frequently on the side of the road for Jim to throw up. Yup, full on up-chucking. The poor guy. I felt so bad for him as there was nothing I could do. Roxy didn't seem to care much as she was just glad to be out of the car. She apparently didn't mind the tractor trailers whizzing by, either. I did.
Of course, this also meant that by the time we got to the Bragdons, Jim was feeling pretty crummy and wanted a shower. So I had to stare at the delicious burritos and tacitos (is that what they were?) as Dan, Kelli and I sat around the table catching up, while Jim got cleaned up.
Eventually Jim started to feel better and was able to partake in Kelli's delicious feast. And after the kids were to bed, Settlers ensued.
But not just any Settlers. Dan and Kelli opened our eyes to the new Cities and Knights expansion. Ok, so it's probably not really new. But I can now appreciate that overwhelmed feeling people often have when we teach them Settlers for the first time. I sported the deer-in-the-headlights look for a good while. But it all turned out fine since I WON! Ha, Ha! In your face, Jim.
Triumphantly I went to bed. We all did. It was going to be an early morning if Jim and I were going to make it to El Paso the next day.