Posted by: Jim E | July 13, 2016

Texas: The Ranch…Waco…The Silos…And The Mules…

Seems like we just got back from Texas…but really it was about a month ago, mid-June, to be closer to the truth…around here in Arkansas, we see lots of Texas license plates…the two states borders connect…it’s called the ArkLaTex…adding Louisiana to the mix…and some add Oklahoma making it Ark-La-Tex-Oma…you don’t hear the “Oma” part very often…but the former term is used often, it’s where Southern Arkansas, Northeast Texas, Northwest Louisiana meet…and then add in Southeastern Texas don't mess with TexasOklahoma for the Homa part…but aside from all of that, when we see a Texas license plate, we always say: “Don’t Mess With Texas”…(that slogan was written to “reduce litter on the highways in Texas…but it became an identity statement i.e. Texas Swagger)…and we use it all the time…

This was a “Jeremy Vacation”…which means it is our vacation too…we took three days Waco and Ranch 2016 2and traveled to a 700+ acre ranch South of Dallas…about 40 miles South…near the towns of Grandview and Maypearl…now, Grandview is not easy for me to remember…I want to say “Greenville” or “Grandville” or some other name…even as I write this I had to look it up…but Maypearl, now that is no problem…my two Grandmother’s names…May Elmquist and Pearl Reggin…two wonderful Grandmas…so that was easy, didn’t even have to look it up…I remembered it, “right off”, as the say…

Waco and Ranch 2016 7We kinda planned this as just the three of us but one of our sons knows the couple who own the ranch we visited and stayed at…really it was to be a short trip…and it turned out to be just 3 days…we wanted to visit “The Silos” in Waco and Ranch 6Waco, Texas…you know, “Magnolia Market”…for those of you living under a rock or listening to too much politics…the TV program “Fixer Upper” with hosts Chip and Joanna Gaines “are” those things…it’s a favorite program of ours and when we found out they were opening Magnolia Market…well, it being just 6 hours away…we suggested it to Jeremy…he was game…

But our son, Jared happened to hear us talking about it…and he said we are coming Waco and Ranch 2016 10too…he knew the owner of the ranch I mentioned above…I will add pictures, but we stayed in the “Bunkhouse”…a bit different than the kind of bunkhouse in western movies…this has a full kitchen, sleeps 12 or so, air conditioned, etc…the full treatment…and we had a pool to use, Mules to ride (will explain later), four wheelers, outdoor kitchen, etc…we spent two nights there…one going to Waco, one coming back…

It was Jeremy’s kind of vacation, lots of things happening…lots of choices to do…and a Waco and Ranch 5beautiful setting to do it in…Friday, we had steak with all the trimmings on the outdoor kitchen eating area…Saturday morning we went to breakfast in Grandview…we were looking for a great small town breakfast…and R & K Cafe fit the bill…they had menus but also written on a chalkboard on the wall were R and K Cafe, Grandview, Texasspecials that day…they served, as Jeremy and I call, a “real” breakfast…like at Sparkys in Anoka, Minnesota…(our personal measuring stick)…the place was full of real Texans, cowboy hats and all…ready to go to work…great food and ambiance…

The Silos were just as we thought…they claim the Silos bring in about 25,000 people Waco and Ranch 2016every week to Waco…this all started out as a TV show and an idea…if you think great ideas don’t still turn into success in America…just go to Waco…we also saw the Dr. Pepper Museum, started in 1885…another good idea…only in America…Waco and Ranch 11

One of the delights of the trip was Jeremy getting to ride the Mules…not the animal Waco and Ranch 2016 8kind but the Kawasaki kind…riding with his brother all over the ranch…seeing wild pigs, vultures, deer, snakes and more…then enjoying just sitting on the porch watching the day go by, or overlooking the countryside from atop the hill…we all had a great time…and Texas BBQ that last night…just topped it off…

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