Magnolias and Mammoths
We feel that it is very fortunate that almost all Texas freeways have U-turn lanes at most exits--for one thing it means we aren't the only people who have trouble navigating. Yesterday, in between U-turns and roads not on our maps, we managed to get to the recently designated Mammoth National Monument for a delightful visit. Twenty-eight mammoths have been found in the area and a new building protects several of the skeletons in situ. The tour was very informative and we highly recommend it.
Next, we wended our way without too many wrong turns to Magnolia Market. We are fans of HGTV's Fixer-Upper and the Market belongs to hosts Chip and Joanna Gaines. The setting is fascinating in an old warehouse next to unused grain bins and is being expanded to include a garden shop and apparently an entertainment stage. The selection of wares, however, was a little disappointing--mainly because the one-of-a-kind repurposed vintage items, which the show's designer is famous for, lose their charm when reproduced in bulk in China. I mean, one wire basket holding a half-dozen antique milk bottle brings to mind my mother bringing in the milk off the front steps in a simpler time; display racks with dozens of such baskets don't. But it was interesting and I think Butch, with an eye to his birthday next week, picked out his present. I hope I don't forget.
The day finished with a more stressful adventure--a search for a grocery store. More u-turns and finally a mega-store which made Columbus' search for the New World a piece of cake compared to finding the dozen items on my list. On the upside, we haven't seen any of the timber rattlers that we were told inhabit this area.
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Some random thoughts about writing, camping, and eating.