Today, we left my parents’ house about 8:30 AM and headed West. Our first stop was in Arlington, Texas, to eat lunch with my youngest brother, Kevin. He is currently living in Arlington near the Lone Star Race Track where he is a jockey’s agent.
We ate at Mariano's Hacienda where the margarita machine was invented! Sadly, I did not try the margarita since I would be driving pretty much all day long! Kevin and I split the Tacos al Carbon—which were delicious! Great chips, cheese dip and salsa.
The food was awesome, but even better was spending time with my brother. I enjoy hearing his take on life. Unfortunately, we couldn’t spend much time with him because we needed to get on the road—and he needed a nap!
About 5 hours later we arrived in Amarillo, Texas at our Airbnb.
This is the first time I have used Airbnb, and let me tell you we had a great experience. We stayed at a place called Travis Street #1. Originally, we were to stay at #3, but the owner called and asked if we would mind getting upgraded—for free—to the #1 so that we would have good air conditioning. Of course, we said yes. This place was beautiful, cool and comfortable. Just what we needed after a long day in the car.
After unloading all our stuff—and it is a lot crammed into the CRV—we headed to the Big Texan. This is the second time we have eaten here and it has changed some. The last time we were here was in June 2009. We ate breakfast with my parents. This time, Madison went for the steak!
We got back to the Airbnb around 9:30, took showers. I fell asleep as soon as my head hit the pillow!