1. Dallas (Part 2), Texas - 8/6 - 8/7
Our last couple of days in Dallas were awesome. We spent Sunday doing all different kinds of exciting stuff. We started our day by taking a tour at AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys. We went into the room where Jerry Jones (owner) watches the games, saw the Cheerleaders’ locker room, the players’ locker room, and where the players walk out onto the field at game time. From there, we went to the George W. Bush Presidential Library, which was an awesome place. While we were expecting books and whatnot, it turned out to be a museum following the timeline of his Presidency, including an extensive 9/11 exhibit, a replica Oval Office, and so much more. Once we got back to the house, we had a big family dinner with Bryan and Renee, Daniel and Nitzan, Matthew and Irene, Betty, and Marilyn (Grandma). We heard even more stories from everyone’s childhoods and had a wonderful last night together.
2. Austin and San Antonio, Texas - 8/7 - 8/8
In Austin, we did a ton of stuff in very little time. When we arrived, it was pouring, so we started with a tour of the Texas State Capitol Building. We learned a lot about the 5-point star, the history of Texas, and watched the State Senate while in session. Afterwards, the sun came out, and we headed over to the Baylor Street Gallery, which is a bunch of concrete that was left alone to be spray painted by all who visit (similar to Cadillac Ranch). From there, we went to an area called South Congress, where we met up with Jacki Honig, a friend of ours who had moved out to Austin the day before, and got dinner and ice cream with her. When all of that was done, we went back to the hotel. The next day, on our way out of Austin, we took a detour to San Antonio to go on a tour at The Alamo. We learned a lot about the history of Texas and the history of San Antonio, and then left for Houston.
3. Memphis, Tennessee - 8/10 - 8/11
Our departure for Memphis would mark the beginning of our trek towards the north. We drove more than 8 hours from Houston to Memphis. Once we got to Memphis, we went over to Beale Street, which had neon lights and either blues, jazz, or rock n’ roll music coming from every angle. We went into a store where we bought concert posters from the ‘60s and ‘70s, and even one from 1948! Man, ticket prices used to be cheap! The next morning we went to the National Civil Rights Museum where we learned a lot more about the Civil Rights Movement and its leaders. On our way out of the city we got caught in a huge storm, but we made it out with only a few splashes.
4. Dayton, Ohio and Detroit, Michigan - 8/12 - 8/13
Dayton was a great stop because we went to the National Air Force Museum. It was cool to see the evolution of planes, especially in military usage, and how far they’ve been developed in just over 100 years. After the museum, we decided that instead of driving to the hotel, we’d drive all the way to Detroit! We went to Leo’s, then surprised Jeremy’s family, went to pick up his brother and surprised him as well, and then surprised our friend Pnina. It was fun to see everyone’s reactions as we arrived home a day early.
5. Houston, Texas - 8/8 - 8/10
Houston was fun, because we got to relax for a couple of days. We didn't leave the house much other than for dinner, because we had 3 book talks in just one day! We watched the Back to the Future Trilogy, wrote a few blogs, and spent a little while reflecting on the trip, knowing that it was about to come to an end.
6. Nashville, Tennessee - 8/11 - 8/12
We drove to Nashville. That was it.
We hoped you’ve enjoyed our weekly power rankings - it was a lot of fun writing them! As always, if you'd like some pictures to go along with our incredible adventures, follow our Instagram account @dumbndumber17!!!
Jeremy and Danny