Days 6, 7, 8, 9 & 10

24 May

So, having done a few too many activities on the morning before we left New Orleans we had a tetchy ride to Alexandria, about two hours away. About half as far as we had “planned”, but we just couldn’t do anymore. An early night for everyone.

The next morning we got up and drove to Shreveport to go to Sci-port. It was great. All museums should be like that. It would have been nicer if it hadn’t been so crowded, but ’tis the season and all that. The Sci-port wore us all out, so we decided to motor on to our next spot. Dallas! In Texas! Another state! Hurrah.

We arrived too late that night to do much, except eat steak and sleep. The next morning we got up early and had to go to Dealey Plaza. It was a bit eerie. The turtle slept through it, until we got to the museum, when he insisted on running around playing trains and tunnels (much to the chagrin of the other museum goers, intent on reading all of the words on all of the walls…). So if there are any big “Aha!” moments to be found in the museum, I completely missed them. I was playing trains. Quietly.

That afternoon we intended to go to Six Flags, but it was just too hot and we were a bit worn out. We left it until the next morning.  Saturday morning. Field trip season. Madness. Sheer and utter madness. First of all, we couldn’t print out our tickets because the hotel computer didn’t have the right acrobat reader or something, so we had to wait in line at the “Will Call” booth for over half an hour. Lines were looong everywhere. The turtle couldn’t go on half the kids rides, even if we accompanied him. What he did get to go on – the Batplane, some cars, the train – he loved. And he liked looking at all of the people too. He didn’t know that most of the rides were old and decrepit looking. Or run by pubescent teens. We lasted two hours. The turtle would still be there if we let him.

The next stop was Wichita Falls. We had great plans to go to the Museum of Art and a couple of parks but the turtle had a fever. So we spent the evening and most of the next morning in the hotel. We decided to press on to Amarillo, because, for once, we had reservations for that night already made. And the turtle had spent most of the morning dozing anyway. He slept almost the entire way. And went to bed early.

He was fine today though. We managed to go to Amarillo Zoo and Palo Duro Canyon, the second largest in the U.S. If we had planned a little better we could have stayed in a little cabin in the State park. Still, all the planning in the world wouldn’t have made the turtle feel well just because we had rented a cabin somewhere scenic.

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