Thursday, May 7, 2009

Detour through Waco

While traveling from Houston to Dallas, we took a detour through Waco to visit our old collegiate stomping grounds. Though I'll never win an award from Baylor for school spirit, Waco will always have the sentimental value of a time when my only worries were finishing homework while earning $100/week for gas and food. I miss the city where 15 minutes of driving was long and rush hour meant 7 cars at the stop light instead of 2.

During this visit, we made 3 stops.

Common Grounds
The first was to my wife's favorite coffee shop, the Common Grounds (1123 S 8th St). She loves this place not just because of the witty name, but also because they make an awesome iced mocha, which comes topped with fresh whipped cream and chocolate sprinkles. There's no picture of this amazing drink because she had no patience for my photoshenanigans.

Egg Burger
Our second stop was to our favorite Wacoan burger joint, Kitok Restaurant (815 N 18th St). We shared one of my favorite burgers of theirs...the egg burger with oriental fries. The burger alone is already a force to be reckoned with. But by throwing a fried egg into the mix, the kind Korean ladies of Kitok have made my heart flutter. Too bad the fluttering is both figurative and literal. Though unconfirmed, I'm pretty sure the oriental fries are a battered heap of sliced onions, grated sweet potatoes and sprigs of parsley.

Doggy Sandbox
And for our final stop, we visited our old apartment complex. This part of the trip was more for our dogs. We basically raised them as pups in this particular apartment complex, which used to be a horse farm. So the entire complex is fenced with a huge grassy area in the center perfect for pups to run around without a leash...whether the apartment condoned such freedoms was a different story. In the center of this grassy park is a sand volleyball court. Our dogs used to wear themselves out running circles in this sand court. Despite being old now and suffering from some arthritis, our dogs ran through the court as if they were pups again. Of course this time the running ended much sooner than before. I was only able to capture Sammy because Junior is took spastic for a good shot.

Sure, going from Houston to Dallas via Waco took an extra 3 hours of driving, but this sand-covered nose was worth it.

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