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Monday, November 17, 2008

Run for Cover!!

On our drive from Dallas to Abilene, we saw a few funny things. One was a large Campbell's Tomato Soup can on the side of the road. We have no idea why it was there but I was able to snap a picture of it. We also saw one of those "God" billboards and I got off a quick snapshot of that, too.






A little less than 200 miles later and we arrived in Abilene, TX by mid-afternoon. Right before we got to the campground we passed this sign.



It's supposed to be for refrigeration service. Really.


We pulled into the campground and was greeted by an individual who looked straight out of the movie "Deliverance" and spoke just like "Larry the Cable Guy". That was a little frightening.

The campground was decent enough, and on our site was a beautiful mesquite tree with a twisted trunk that had a lot of character.



We didn't realize until later that this particular campground was right in the pathway of the Dyess Air Force Base runway. The fighter jets went screaming over our trailer. Our trailer was rocking, but for all the wrong reasons! Our floors actually vibrated from the sound. That night, the jets took off till midnight.

The best place to go when you arrive at a new place is the Visitor's Center, so that's where we headed. This visitor's center was in the Frontier Texas! building. Frontier Texas! is a neat experience and is fairly reasonable in price - $8 for adults, $6 for seniors/military. You can experience 100 years of the Texas frontier from 1780 - 1880. You meet some of the actual people (re-enactments) who had lived in that time, through film clips and holograms. At one point you sit in a theater in the round on seats that turn completely around to get the full effect of the show.

The Town of Abilene offers a "Round-up Pass" for $15. You can see 6 attractions at one low price. We opted for that and will try to attend as many attractions as possible in the time we have in Abilene.

There are 25 sculptures scattered throughout the town, and over the course of the next three days we will stop to see the majority of them.

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