Well… we’re definitely behind in posting updates from our trip. We’ve zipped through Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, and are now sitting in sunny Florida. Here’s a recap of our trek through Texas.
The journey through Texas was uneventful. We encountered a ton of rain along the way, but were able to do a bit of sightseeing. Our first stop was Lubbock, home to Buddy Holly.
Born on September 7, 1936 in Lubbock, Texas, Charles Hardin Holley was nicknamed “Buddy” by his parents. When he signed his first contract with Decca Records, the company misspelled his name as “Buddy Holly” without the “e.” Fearing that he may never get another chance at a contract, Buddy signed it as is, and the rest is history.
His short-lived career had him producing twenty-five hit records before his tragic death at age twenty-two. The Buddy Holly Gallery was a bit disappointing. Not nearly as much memorabilia as we were expecting, but we did learn more about Buddy Holly.
We weren’t allowed to take pictures inside the museum, but here are a couple of images from outside.
Part of the museum is the original house that J.I. Allison, drummer of the band “The Crickets,” lived as a teenager and where he and Buddy Holly wrote many hits including, “That’ll Be the Day.”
In 2015, we visited the Surf Ballroom in Clearlake, Iowa – the last venue played by Buddy Holly before the tragic plane crash that took his life. You can read about our visit here.
Wichita Falls, Texas
We were able to visit our dear friend Peggy Mew, and her daughter Debbie Dobbins, who happened to be in town. It’s always a delight to catch up and share stories.
After dinner, we stopped at a Wal-Mart to pick up supplies and encountered some of the loudest birds – reminded us of a scene from the famous Alfred Hitchcock movie. Crazy!
We spent five days at the REV Technical Center in Alvarado, TX getting some minor work done on our motorhome. While the techs were working, we made a trip to Waco to visit Magnolia Market at the Silos (Chip and Joanna Gaines’ shop). It was our second time there. This year, there was a street fair going on, so there was plenty to see and do.
As we leave Texas, we had to share a little bit of the rain we encountered. Until next time, Happy Trails!