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ON TO DALLAS

Texas heat!

sunny 95 °F

The trip from College Station/Bryan was through the vast Texas landscape. I was amused at the term, Hill Country. Coming from 'back east' I am accustomed to hills being hills, not 'mole hills'. A rise in the land here is termed a hill. On the way to Dallas the highway led me through Waco. I was unaware or had forgotten that Baylor University is located there. I could see their huge football stadium on the campus just to the west. As I said before, Football is King in Texas! Fortunately for me my travels were on a Sunday for the traffic was light as I entered Dallas on my way to Irving, my destination. Irving, Arlington, Plano, Garland are all communities in the 10 county greater Dallas-Ft. Worth metropolitan area. It has a combined pop. of 6 million people. The highways are busy and most, it seems, are under construction. It should be interesting to see how I navigate here to visit sites on my bucket list.

After a congeniel greeting from my Elks bretheren at the Irving Elks Lodge I got set up in their RV park. My good friends, the Lehmans from FL have a daughter, Bethe, who lives nearby. A pre-arranged call for a visit to her home and dinner was made both by her parents and by me. We went to an award-winning Mexican Seafood restaurant for dinner and conversation. It was a very nice evening.

Plans for tomorrow are to visit the George W. Bush Presidential Library & Museum on the Southern Methodist University (SMU) campus. Time-allowing my next stop, only 5 miles from there, will be the Dallas Book Depository museum. This building was the site where Lee Harvey Oswald fired the shot that killed President John F. Kennedy in 1963.

Southern Methodist University in Dallas is a smaller, elite institution with a student body of just over 6,500 students. It sits on an urban campus of only 234 cacres compared to Texas A&M at 67,000 students on a 5,500 acre campus. Tuition fees are very high, surprisingly higher than Princeton U. and the Ivy League colleges in the east. It ranks higher than either Harvard & Yale in academic excellence and offers students 7 degree granting schools within the university. First Lady Laura Bush is an alumna of SMU, hence the choice for his Presidential Library & Museum.

Posted by dixter 16:38 Archived in USA Tagged dallas

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