April 2012 – We had been living in Texas for ten months before we made an overnight trip (as a family) to any other location in Texas. In November 2011, we made a trip to Mississippi. In March of this year, we made a trip to Mobile, Alabama and to Gainesville and Ocala, Florida to visit family. But we had not done much traveling around Texas. We had driven up to Houston several times, Galveston and even New Ulm, but we never traveled so far that we had to spend the night there.
One afternoon, Stephen came home talking about the BCS varsity boys’ baseball team being invited to the state championship games in Waco and Belton, Texas. Stephen wanted to travel with the team to attend the games and then asked if he might be able to take Jared with him. I thought about it a while and then asked him why not all of us go up there together.
So, we made our first family trip up to Waco, arriving there just in time to watch the team with their semi-final game. The final game was to be hosted in Belton the following afternoon. We found ourselves a hotel on the outskirts of Waco, at dinner at a nearby IHOP and then took advantage of swimming in the indoor heated pool (since it was still too cold to swim outdoors).
The following morning, we took our time leaving the hotel and then had a picnic lunch in the park area of a Ranger Museum. The picnic table was underneath a perfect climbing tree and we all took turns getting up into the tree.
We missed most of the final baseball game because Stephen didn’t realize that Belton was a city about 45 minutes south of Waco. When we got there, we were there to watch the final innings in which the BCS team won the state championship for the first time in many years. Everyone was excited about the victory.
We made our way back home that evening after stopping to pick up some dinner. It was a short trip, but it gave us a chance to see something new in Texas.