I-35: From Waco to Austin.

This was a crazy weekend for me.

On Friday, I visited Baylor friends in Waco. On Saturday, I went to a college roommate’s wedding in Temple. Then Saturday night and Sunday morning, I celebrated a friend’s impending wedding in Austin.

I started on I-35 in Dallas and made my way down slowly but surely each day. And man, it was so incredibly exhausting. But also so incredibly worth it!

Things you must do in Waco:

  1. Magnolia Market- everyone knows about this, thanks to Chip and Jo. It’s really adorable and the backyard is great.
  2. Downtown Waco Farmers Market- every Saturday morning starting at 9 a.m. (I think?) So many vendors sell local goods and foods and wonderful things!
  3. Spice Village- located on Franklin, it’s a shopping addict’s wonderland. Clothes and knick knacks galore.
  4. Lula Jane’s- tucked away on Elm St., their pie and coffee is a lethal combination. And they have the kindest workers.
  5. Cameron Park- surprisingly huge and also great for hikes, who knew Waco had real terrain? There are swings at Lover’s Leap!
  6. Circle of Death- this traffic roundabout is absolutely terrifying bc we are Americans and Texans, and there’s no signage. But it’s actually hilarious and thrilling.

Things I did in Austin:

  1. Rainey St.- Technically I didn’t join in because I was sleeping, but my friends hit up this street for bars and great nightlife. I hear it’s awesome.
  2. Bouldin Creek Cafe- on 1st street. So delicious. The migas are a win, the endless drip coffee is a win. I don’t eat blueberries, but their blueberry cornbread looked sick.
  3. Sweet Ritual- My friends love this place because they serve vegan ice cream. Personally, not my thing. But their peanut butter was pretty good!
  4. Barton Springs- a few years back, I dove into the ice cold waters on a hot summer’s day. Best thing ever.
  5. Graffiti Park- really fun and makes me feel edgy, so yeah.
  6. Zilker Park- puppies galore. Great vb courts and wide open spaces for ultimate, football, or whatever your heart desires.

Man, it was good to get away.

I’ll be in St. Louis next weekend, so stay tuned for more #dimebeyonddallas!

Martin Creek Lake State Park.

A couple of weekends ago, I went on a girls trip.

It wasn’t anything glamorous, like hitting up Downtown Austin in glittery dresses, or making a weekend escape to NYC to strut around Times Square.

Nope. Madison, Sarah and I hit up a state park about 2.5 hours away. Because I guess that’s just who I am–a wilderness girl stifled in the DFW, seeking some fresh air and longing to actually see stars, and not just imagine them.

Our stay was very simple.

We arrived midday on Saturday, unloaded and set up our tent. Once we were settled, I turned off my phone. It was my number one goal for the weekend.

We spent the afternoon on a mini-hike, dipping our toes in the water and talking about boys, talking about our future goals and dreams. We took a nap on a blanket as the sun peaked through the trees.

We made tacos for dinner and Sarah built us a fire. We talked about how God is moving in our lives and a bit more about where we would like to be in the future. We fell asleep uncomfortably, but I also slept through the night–so that was a bonus.

The sun welcomed us in the morning.

It greeted us through the screens of our tent. We rolled out of our sleeping bags, it was an early morning. But so, so peaceful.

We made breakfast tacos (obviously I’m not the only taco addict among my group of friends). Then packed up and hit the road.

It was a quick 24-hour turn-around, but it was exactly what I needed that weekend. I needed to get away. I needed to put the real world on pause. I needed some time with some of the best women I know.

I’d give Martin Creek Lake a 7.5 out of 10.

It wasn’t nearly as crowded as Tyler State Park and the campsites were super cheap. We got a spot along the water at $16 for one night.

I would have liked more hiking options, but if you’re looking for a lowkey getaway, this place is your spot. It’s not too far from the DFW but it is far enough away to feel free.

I plan to camp some more this summer, and I’m about to leave town for a few weddings, so keep up with my wanderings here. And go ahead and take a break from the DFW yourself! Everyone deserves a getaway now and then.

Del’s: Lowkey, High Qual Burgers.

This morning was a physical beating.

A couple of friends and I served at Creekside Baptist Church, taking their old, drab look and transforming it into a beautiful landscape.

Our friend Mike really put us to work. He had us planting shrubs, watering, transplanting grass, moving dirt. It got hot outside really quick–thank you, Texas springtime.

After hours of grunt work, we decided we deserved a hearty lunch. My friend Jonathan recommended Del’s, a little place in Downtown Richardson.

Del’s is the definition of lowkey.

It’s tucked away in a corner on a street off of Main Street. It’s this tiny, almost shack-looking place. But once you enter, it’s actually bigger than it looks. And you can instantly smell the juicy burgers on the grill.

But man on man, these are high quality burgers.

They start at $5, which is an absolute steal. And you can pack on whatever condiments your heart desires. Their fries are tasty–that’s what I had. But I kept eyeing other customers’ curly fries, so you bet I’m trying those next time I pop in.

So if you ever find yourself near Downtown Richardson and you’re craving a burger, you know exactly where to go.