Jeff had a job near Dallas in February so we embraced the possibilities and spent a weekend with Charlie and his family.
Reading the wombat book. I love the wombat book.
Wrangler doing a trick. The pic is large so that you can be duly impressed. Yes, he is balancing London's boots on his head and back.
London doing a trick. Yes, she is balancing on Daddy's hand. The girl has amazing core strength.
Aaand, I guess we will have to concede that Charlie has some pretty good arm strength!
More hugs from Papa.
We took a little hike in wilds of Dallas. It was quite a steep climb and my knee didn't thank me afterwards, but it was a fun couple of hours.
London and Wrangler are buds. I think this photo is hilarious, because they seem to have the same look in their eyes.
Most days, Charlie takes W for a run, with London on the bike seat. It's pretty stinking adorable.
I got to join in on Sunday.
On Monday, Jeff and I spent the morning and afternoon in Dallas before he dropped me at Love Field and headed east to Jacksonville. We were hoping to visit the Museum of Art, but it was closed on Mondays. So we perused the art outside for as long as we could.
We went into the lobby of the Hunt Oil Building and admired the Foucault Pendulum, which is a wonder of combined art and science, for some time. The pendulum demonstrates the rotation of the earth as it swings back and forth around the elaborately inlaid circle. The pendulum is actually swinging in the same straight line all of the time, while the floor rotates with the earth. Seven different types of stone were used, with 2,600 individual pieces being cut and laid to create the design. I was very curious as to how the pendulum keeps swinging, as we all know that perpetual motion is an elusive goal. After some research, I discovered that a magnetic device at the top of the pendulum cable is activated with each swing, and gives it just enough "kick" to keep it going without affecting the rotation.
Science lesson for the day.
You're welcome.As the pendulum rotates around the circle, it knocks down the pegs that are around the outside, further demonstrating the rotation.
We took the free trolley over to the West Village and had some lunch al fresco. It was a delightful afternoon, sunny but not too hot, and we sat and ate and people-watched until it was time to leave. We decided that Dallas is one of our favourite cities, mainly because it has no pretensions of being weird. The people are nice, the city is clean and attractive and not crowded with in-building, and we would have loved to stay longer.