series several times (including with me, for my first time viewing it). I bought the book for him on Kindle, and he's let Kindle read the book to him twice already. (Tim has a learning disability and didn't learn to read until he was 22 - and he's still a reluctant reader. Kindle reading to him has opened up the world of books to him!)
We learned that the screenwriter of the Lonesome Dove series, Bill Witliff, had assembled, acquired, and donated a collection of Lonesome Dove artifacts and memorabilia to Texas State University in San Marcos, so that went to the top of our "must see" list in Texas.
The exhibit is only available Monday - Friday, and only by request. They unlocked a special room and let us browse at our leisure. The first draft of the first script was on display, as was the cover page for the final script of the series - signed by the cast and crew. Witliff supplied illustrations of set designs, maps, and costumes, and actual costumes and props were on display, too.
San Marcos was a cute town with some quirky fun on display. The town held a mermaid contest, so there are brightly colored mermaid sculptures on display all over town. This is one of the more sedate ones.
One day, as we drove down a neighborhood street, we discovered this fun art. The first time we drove past, this conversation took place:
"Hey, what was that?"
"Looks like junk to me."
"Tim, that was art."
"Hey, don't get mad at me. I don't know what art is."
I kept driving, but we ended up on that street again, so I turned the corner and jumped out to snap photos. I laughed when I saw that we were both right - junk and art!
San Marcos has a convenient library, but it was rather noisy until we discovered the quiet room.
They also have an active activity center that welcomes day use visitors, and we took advantage of that for showers.
Spending time at the library, I realized that we needed to slow down. We'd been speeding along on this journey, trying to take in as much as possible as fast as possible, and we missed things we should have seen (like the Texas Rangers Hall of Fame and Museum in Waco.) Taking the time to research each area before we get there has already proven useful, and sent us to our next two fun surprises. And yes, I was able to keep them as a surprise for Tim until we got there!
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