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Day 2: Dilly-dallying in Dallas

Dallas, TX all day

rain

I made sure to start my morning off right by loading up the hotel's complimentary breakfast supplies into my food box for later use. This not only made me feel better about spending the money on a hotel for the night, but the extra hot sauce packets and coffee creamers would totally reduce my food expenses later.

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After checking out, I began my 65 mile trek down the tremendous Texas highways just in time to hit the final stretch of rush hour. I arrived frustrated, lost, and confused in the heart of the Historic District of Dallas just before 11am. Of course, it was raining.

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Luckily, after about 5 minutes of staring up at the incredible skyscrapers, my bad mood succumbed to a glowing love for the city I was now in.

Best of all, the rain lightened up when I parked, and gave me all the encouragement I needed to go out and explore the urban jungle.

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I found a parking spot near an enormous red castle, "The Old Red Museum" which I didn't go into but used as my main landmark to find my way back to my car.

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The very first person who spoke to me was a kid named James (pictured below) who stopped me as I was getting out of my car and asked me to take his photo. I told him I had a wide angle lens on the camera so it wouldn't really get much of him in the shot, but he told me to go ahead anyway. After hearing I was going to post my photos to a travel blog, he asked me to add his to the site. I actually ran into him several more times throughout the day while I was wandering the city.

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I also made friends with the local fowl, and seemed to be the only one interested in them despite the fact that they covered almost every surface in the entire city. And the pigeons have become so comfortable with humans that they didn't move when my lens was inches from their faces, or even when someone is walking towards them. I saw several pigeons nudged, sometimes literally kicked, out of the way of brisk-walking businessmen on their way back from a lunch break. Maybe Darwin's survival of the fittest just doesn't apply when your numbers almost rival that of the city's ant population. All I know is that I found the ridiculous quantity of extremely bird-brained birds very entertaining.

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Note this is only a small fraction of the huge flock of pigeons that was taking over the bus station.

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Besides the interesting people and wildlife that was abundant in the city, I also came across some very unusual statues and sculptures scattered throughout. One of which was an enormous unattached eyeball, set behind an iron fence, staring out at the public.

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I started to play a game where I counted the American flags I saw as I searched for a spot to park, but lost interest quickly when I realized every building I passed had one hanging proudly.

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The rain let up towards the end of the day, and the city life erupted with color. I obsessed over how reflective the buildings were, especially in the sun. It was like walking through a house of mirrors.

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It was just before sunset when I had to say goodbye to the enormous and strangely eccentric city of Dallas and head towards the Fort Worth airport where I'd be picking up my friend Tian. She's joining me until I hit Los Angeles, and knows all the most beautiful routes in the Southwest for us to see along the way.

Posted by aswoger 22:06 Archived in USA Tagged city texas dallas

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