Yesterday (Saturday) we spent the day seeing some of the sights around Waco. We left home shortly before 10:00 am and go back home just after 5:00 pm.
We drove over to the Waco Mammoth Site only to find that they had some kind of event going on and the place was packed. That wasn’t something we wanted to deal with so we decided we’d try again the next time we’re in the area.
Next on the list was a Roadside America find…but one that many of us remember fairly well…the site of the Branch Davidian Massacre. Comments on Roadside America had opposing views….some said that there were No Trespassing signs so they didn’t enter…others said they entered and had no problems. We decided to take our chances.
The gates were open when we arrived and the memorial was just beyond the gate so Michael pulled just passed the gate and we got out to pay our respects. The memorial is made out of small blocks notating each persons name, age and date of death (April 19, 1993). These blocks originally were at the base of the 82 trees that were planted along the driveway and have since been formed into two walls that make up the memorial.
There are a couple of buildings beyond the memorial, one of which had a dog sitting outside and there was a man out behind it doing some yard work. The man wasn’t concerned with us at all. I think that if you are there to pay your respects to the people who lost their lives (80 Branch Davidians, 2 unborn babies & 4 ATF agents and aren’t there to cause havoc you’ll have no problem).
By this time it was time for lunch and we headed over to Chuy’s. I’d heard in the past that they had good Mexican. The menu seemed a bit limited but we both ended up with enchiladas and a crispy taco. Neither of us are big fans of enchilada sauce so we usually get a queso sauce instead. Their queso was a bit on the ‘spicier than we like’ side but had good flavor. The enchiladas were good though and the tacos were really good.
We spent the majority of the afternoon at the Texas Rangers Museum. We’d had several people recommend that we visit so this was the biggest reason we stopped in Waco. With our military IDs our admission was $6.00 and we ended up being there just shy of 3 hours.
They have some very interesting displays/exhibits but there is a lot of reading to be done. I particularly enjoyed the information regarding Bonnie & Clyde and the retired ranger, Frank Hamer, that was called out of retirement to capture them…which he did…albeit not alive.
We made 2 stops on the way home. The first was at the Bill and Eva Williams Bear Habitat (also known as the Baylor Bear Pit) home to the Baylor Bears, Joy & Lady…the mascots for the Baylor Bears! We’d originally planned to make this our first stop of the day but not thinking about it being college football Saturday and the Bears having a home game….it was not a good plan!
There were still plenty of people roaming around campus and visiting the bears but it was much more manageable.
We only saw one of the bears…don’t know if it was Lady or Joy…but she was doing a lot of pacing around her food dish and by the door to her enclosure so we figured it might have been close to dinner time.
The enclosure is very well done and clean and it looks like the bears are very well taken care of. The bears have been there since 2001/2002 so I’m sure they’re quite comfortable.
Our last stop on the way home was another Roadside America find. This one was an industrial sized incinerator that was painted, last year, to resemble a tin soldier and is now referred to as Tincinerator.
The soldier is in the side parking lot of a furniture store and is in awesome shape. The paint job is flawless…no flaking or chipping. The colors are bright and colorful and just makes you ‘feel good’. Hopefully whoever painted it maintains it and it stays a beautiful as it is now.