Road Trip To Dallas and Forth Worth, Old Signs, Cats, and Lots Of Food

Dangermike,  the cats and I went to Dallas last week. We took tons of pictures but about half of them mysteriously disappeared. I have no idea how, why, or where. I thought I loaded them all onto the netbook before erasing the cards.  Oh well.

We rented a trailer so that the cats could ride in the car and have room to move around. We also had to bring some stuff back with us that we don’t need at the new place. The settled in right away and were great travelers.

Cookie Puss wasn’t quite sure at first.

The first day we got up really early so about half way to Amarillo we needed to nap at a rest stop. We wanted to sleep for 20 minutes and ended up sleeping for two hours! It was a long day.

PJ checking things out from the passenger seat.

OK this is out of order. I made a float with coffee ice cream and cream soda that I read on The Kitchn. It was not very good. I’ll stick to root beer and vanilla ice cream.

Now Peedge wants to drive.

Cruisin’ with The Dange.

What.

Yummies from Cafe Brazil.

Um. Ok.

We got to Dallas friday night and DM flew out to St.Louis to see his daughter for her birthday on Saturday morning while I did a photo shoot. Sunday I did a shoot at the new studio to get used to it and DM got back to Dallas on Sunday night. We went out drinking at Lee Harvey’s, which I posted on the ole FB- as I mentioned there, I found it without a map or directions, in the dark, after having only been once before and coming from a different direction. I rule. But then DM bought a GPS because aside from that flukey thing, Dallas is IMPOSSIBLE to navigate.
Monday we went to White Rock Lake near downtown Dallas.

Lunch at The Railhead in Fort Worth on Tuesday.

Using the noggin and taking pics of the signs so I can remember the places we eat.

We are sort of obsessed with architectural salvage places now and read that this was a good one, which it was. We got some shelf brackets here.

Then we wandered around Fort Worth and went down to the (touristy) Stockyard area.

Wanted to pop in here for a quick drink before heading back to Dallas.

But it was open mic night and we stayed for the singers who, for the most part were pretty good.

They included a really old dude in spangles.

A guy who looked like the love child of Kenny and Jason Aldean.

Another Kenny-esque performer.

And yet another Kenny lookalike. After sitting and drinking while 15 acts played, we got pretty drunk. Oh well, so much for one drink.

We were in Dallas for a week but like I said, most of my pictures went missing, so here we are heading back to CO already. This is the broken down town- there were several from this set and then tons that went missing. I just don’t get it! It’s menacing me! Anyhow, here are some cute kittens.

DMs new office.

Cookie Puss is supervising the filling of the car with gas.

Dinner in Amarillo. Yum.

The next day we hung out in Amarillo awhile and went to have lunch and to some antique stores. I bought a cute little orange kitchen cart and we ate delicious BBQ at Ribs and More in Amarillo on 6th Ave aka RT. 66.

Random stuff along the highway in Texas.

We came across an old drive in that was no longer. It was really neat so we explored it awhile.

The screen had fallen down. Right on top of a swing set and bent it completely over.

An abandoned church in a mostly abandoned little town in New Mexico.

And finally, another cuuuuuuute kitten. There were like 10 of them living in this old church.

All kinds of Colorado Springs Things

So despite the crazy weather (it poured down rain like mad about 2 minutes after I took this picture)

And the rain every single afternoon and evening.

We decided to go camping on DMs three-day weekend last week. We took almost the entire day on Wednesday getting ready to go. Towards the end of the planning and packing I took a break with a Lynchburg Lemonade. I used Old Grand Dad whiskey so I guess it wasn’t really a LYNCHBURG lemonade. But it was still good.

Thursday morning the weather forecast was for sun. Yay! We started out at The Donut Mill in Woodland Park. It gets great reviews and wins Best Of…all the time. Since Dunkin Donuts blows now, we’ve been looking for some new ones. These are a little far away which is good and bad. Anyhow, they were delish.

We got to the camping spot at about 2:30 and the chick at the gate said there were no more spots available. I found this hard to believe since check in time is 2:00. So we went down into the campground and sure enough there were TONS of spots. Um, yea, ok, lady. We set up real quick so DM could go fishing.

We brought two cans of mace bear repelent and a loud anti bear horn. Better safe than sorry!
We also brought bedding from home because I don’t like icky old sleeping bags and that kind of thing. I need my tent to be CLASSY, you know?

Some scenery on our way down this insanely steep and rocky trail to the resevoir.

There are tons of wildflowers (and moths and lady bugs and spiders) this year because of all the early rain we got and are still getting.

This is the state flower, the Columbine. I’ve been growing them in pots at home but they haven’t flowered yet.

I brought magazines to read while DM did some fishing.

We were down there for an hour or so and it started getting really windy. REALLY windy. So we hiked back up to the campground. This took maybe 20 minutes. By the time we got up there it had started to rain. We left the water just in time. Still, it was raining. We gathered whatever needed to be out of the wet and put it in the car. I was thinking ahead when we arrived and didn’t even unpack everything. Then we went and sat in the car and had some snacks. Soon it really started coming down, complete with lightning and thunder. But the forecast said sunny!

At some point DM checked on the tent (which he had taken hours to seal up the day before) and it was soaked. The seams he had sealed were tight but the water was just dripping in from the roof. The rain fly was not working as it should. So he gathered all our stuff and together we picked up the tent and threw it in the dumpster. Bah! Then we went home. It was really super annoying but at least it’s only about 40 minutes away. When we got home we saw this.

A baby raccoon in the eaves of the house! So cuuuuuuuuuuute! The baby raccoon will make an appearance again at the end of this post.
Anyhow our upstairs neighbor (who we hate) had his windows open so we were hoping the baby raccoon would sneak in and chew his face off in the night. It didn’t happen.

The next day it was bright and sunny again so we went back up to the area we were the day before to check out some other lakes I had seen on the map. They were all fenced off and gated. WTF? One of them just had a car gate but you could walk out there, which we did. As we got closer, there WAS a regular gate as well. Totally lame. Anyhow it was a nice walk.

Of course after a few minutes it started to rain again so we went back down the hill. We went to the sporting good store to see if we could find another tent and maybe a canopy. A canopy would have been a great thing to have because we could have sat under it, cooked, etc and wouldn’t have had to leave. I’m not sure those things are waterproof tho so we wanted to also check that out at the sporting goods store. We never did figure it out. Does anyone know? Anyhow on the way there I got a call from one of my friends who was working at a bar sort of near the store and she wanted us to stop in so we did. Since we live in Colorado I’ve been trying to get DM to drink Coors. Sheesh. So lately he has been. The retro original kind, not the new fancy ones. I had a Jack and Coke. DM also had a Maker’s Mark.

After the bar we stopped off at the liquor store and while we were there took some cool shots of some of the stuff nearby. We also found out the the next day was a big multi block multi family yard sale we wanted to go to. We did go to it, and I got a retro salt and pepper shaker set for a dollar. Woohoo. It was a really nice day and it was fun to walk around in the swanky old part of town (which is really only a couple of blocks from where we live anyway- we like to bike up there) ANYHOW, back to business.

After that we decided to come home and cook up the stuff we brought to the camping trip but didn’t get to eat. I started getting it all ready while drinking another faux Lynchburg Lemonade.

While DM set up the portable grill out on the deck.

We made flatiron steak on the grill and hobo potatoes and “roasted” corn in the oven.

Here is Cookie Puss in all his glory. All 18 pounds of him. “I’m not fat, I’m big boned”.

He really hates being picked up. So we do it all the time.

I also sauteed some onions and mushrooms to go with the steak. Overall it was very tasty- woulda been better if we were CAMPING but oh well.

Here are some other random pics from this week.
DM was feeling sick one night so I made him some homemade chicken soup.

One perk of the crazy weather is stuff like this:

Today I went to Target and it was sunny and hot. When I got out of Target 20 minutes later it was pouring down insane rain. Are you seeing a pattern here? Anyhow I was soaked from walking to the car so when I got back I made a decaf cafe au lait using my brand new stovetop milk steamer that DM gave me for my birthday. It was delish.

That’s all for now! Maybe more next week.
Oh yea, the baby raccoon.
When I got back from Target it was still raining but not as hard as it was. I heard a yelping noise like a dog makes when it’s hurt. It went on and on and on so I went outside to investigate. I didn’t see any dog anywhere so I came back in the house. The noise was still going on so I went out to the deck and looked down into the yard from the deck (about 5 feet down) and it was the baby raccoon! He was going nuts with the yowling. I didn’t know if he was cold or hurt or wet or what. He didn’t look hurt. I talked to him a little bit and he stopped making the noise and looked like he was trying to come up onto the deck. I went back in the house to see if I should do anything then went back to check on him. He was gone but out of the corner of my eye I saw something and when I looked over it was the mother raccooon leading the baby raccoon up a tree and over the fence to the parking lot of the restaurant next door. OMG it was sooooooooo cute. I guess the little guy had somehow escaped from the nest or something and gotten lost and was crying for it’s mother. I ran back inside to get the camera but they were long gone by the time I got back. I think they might live under the deck or under the house.

Ok NOW that’s really all.

Breakfast at Maggie Mae’s, Home made mexican food, cats, and a picnic on the porch

Bistro French Toast from our fave Maggie Mae’s.

Homemade tostadas and Spanish rice.

Mini picnic on the side porch. Good afternoon sunshine.

Cheesecake for breakfast! This morning we went to “Homegrown on Tejon” which is a tiny farmers market right down the street. The vendors have to sell things that are grown here- like within 10 miles or something. It was extra small today because it was the first day and also because we’ve had horrible weather. I hope that things pick up and it gets bigger cuz it’s a neat concept. After we went there we went to Poor Richard’s for “breakfast”.

The porch on the other side of the house, connected to the kitchen with french doors. Some stuff is growing but the weather…

PJ!

Wildflowers in Garden Of The Gods.

Nederland, Territory Days Colorado Springs, Henri’s, Toast

First things first. Friday we went up to The Nordstrom Rack so I could return a dress and DM could look at shoes. It’s near Littleton so we went over to a yummy place called Toast in downtown historical Littleton. Seems like it used to be a cute place. A Little Town. Now of course it’s a sprawling ugly suburban hell.

I had what else, french toast! And eggs. Yum. The french toast was sort of creamy inside and made with thick bread. Sort of cinnamony too but not too much. I could have lived without the whipped cream, but other than that it was delish. I was also considering the Grilled Chicken and Pear Sandwich, The Roasted Turkey and Avocado Sandwich, or The Apple and Brie Sandwich. I’m going to save this menu and see if I can make some of this stuff myself.

Oddly, given their name, the toast was the least interesting item they had. DM liked his cornbeef hash, tho.

We wanted to go on a hike to see wildflowers. After I reasearched it a little I realized there weren’t going to be any wildflowers yet. That happens in July. Still we wanted to check out the area so we headed up to Eldora/Nederland and walked this little hike. By the time we go there it was chilly (49 degrees!) and sort of late so we only spent about an hour on the trail. It will be a nice place to come back to in summer tho. Eldora is a pretty cute funky place. There’s no town there anymore, just a boarded up general store and some log cabins. The log cabins were cuuuuuuute. Little tiny things with lace curtains in the windows and stuff like that. It would be fun to stay in one sometime.

Yea, there was even still lots of snow on the ground!

One little tiny wildflower!

After the hike we went down into the town of Nederland. It’s not much of a town. Just 5 or 6 blocks. We had dinner and beers made on site at Wild Mountain Smokehouse and Brewery. It was VERY Colorado. I had the Otis Pale Ale- it was cute and had a pig on the tap. DM had some other thing that was a “guest beer” meaning it was from another local brewery not this one. I liked mine better. It was sort of sweet. We shared some sweet potato fries which were really good. As good at the ones at Paradox Lounge here in Colorado Springs.

DM had the brisket with the sampler sauce platter, baked beans and garlic mashed potatoes. I tasted it all and it was really good. One of the sauces was a Thai sauce and it was yummy. The rest of them were your standard bbq sauces. A couple of them were super hot and spicy. I liked them all but aside from the Thai one they weren’t outstanding. Not even close to Missouri Hicks! That’s the best sauce ever. I can’t wait to go back in September on a road trip with the DM. ANYHOW, this was very good. We did great as far as food went on Friday.

I was still pretty full from breakfast so I had a Buffalo pulled chicken salad. It was much smaller than I expected it to be (just a regular dinner salad plate) but even then I didn’t finish it. It was really good, tho! It was a perfect idea. I love Buffalo wings (despite the fact that the first time I ate them like 15 years ago I got major food poisoning from them- hey, that never stops me!) and to have it in a salad makes a lot of sense. The sauce was really hot and the blue cheese dressing and lettuce and carrots and celery were nice and cool and crunchy. I’m gonna for sure make this at home.

There are tons of street fairs almost every weekend here or nearby this summer. Yesterday we went to the first one, The Territory Days in Old Colorado City which is about 5 miles from here in an old historical part of town. It was PACKED. It was ok but not that exciting.

I love lilacs ans they’re everywhere here! I can’t remember them being everywhere in Southern California but maybe they are and I just somehow missed them.

We got hungry but didn’t want to eat $10 turkey legs or $6 funnel cakes so we popped into a little Mexican restaurant called Henri’s. I’d never heard of it or seen a review of it or anything. Yikes! That always scares me. Anyhow we sat at the bar, ordered up some drinks.

Chips and salsa were $2.

This is annoying and LAME! Mexican restaurants should not charge for chips and salsa. But by then I was hungry and getting a little drunk so we went ahead and ordered them anyway. Grrr. The salsa was really good. Hot but not overwhelmingly so. No raw onions in it which I appreciated as you know how fond I am of the raw onions.

I had my fave: posole. It was pretty good. Not as good as the one at Dona Rosa in Pasadena. I KNOW some people really hate that place and honestly I’ve only been a couple times but that posole will live in my memory forever. Anyhow, this one was good and hit the spot with the drinkin.

DM had some kind of enormous burrito. He enjoyed it.

After the fair we went over to Target for a few things. Then to Cheers liquor store so I could get more margarita fixins. I wanted to spend the day outside on the grass cuz it was so nice out. By this time DM was ready to crash tho. So he napped and watched hockey inside and I laid out in the sun for awhile. I neglected to buy triple sec cuz I bought margarita mix and figured it would have it in it. I dunno, it’s been forever since I’ve made margaritas. I would have made them from scratch but Colorado has the most retarded liquor laws that say you can’t sell food (limes!) in a liquor store. So screw it, I bought the mix. It’s a locally made mix with all natural ingredients and no HFCS so it wasn’t THAT bad. Homemade would have been way better. Anyhow I made the drink with the mix, the tequilla, and some OJ and it was pretty good. I only drank about half of it tho cuz I started to get a headache. I went inside and took a two hour nap but still had a headache so I took a fiorinal and had some coffee and felt better. Sheesh, not a good idea to drink first thing in the morning before eating anything, I guess.

Today we went to Home Depot to scout out flooring and carpet and other things cuz DM needs to do some work on his condo in Phoenix. The place was empty. Sundays in Colorado Springs. Sheesh. It’s good to be a heathen in this town. We also had hot dogs. Home Depot hot dogs are my faves.

Now DM is at work and I’m gonna go outside and sit in the sun for awhile then come back in and do some cooking. I guess I need to lay off the carbs for awhile because not only am I getting fat but I’m super cranky and low enrgy from them, too. I found some veggie recipes, too cuz I have been seriously lacking in them as well. I used to be so much better about food than I am now. I dunno what the deal is. I’ll keep you posted if I find some good ones.