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July 4, 2007
Rockwall and Garland, Texas
by
Paul Ridenour

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America's 231st Birthday

This is not a vacation or a road trip, but we did so much in one day, it seems like we were on a road trip.

My father-in-law Hugh Doyen and nephew Jay Doyen came over to spend July 4th with Dottie and I.  We had no real plans including where to go watch fireworks.  We took them to Rockwall to see The Harbor.  The Harbor has a Gloria's, Ruby Tuesday, and Dodie's.  We had lunch at the Cajun restaurant called Dodie's.  We walked around The Harbor and looked at the water fountains.  We had ice cream at Stone Cold Creamery and Jay said it was the best vanilla he has ever had.  I like Rocky Road. 

We took them over to the other side of the Lake Ray Hubbard to Harbor Point in Garland.  Harbor Point has the Bass Pro Shop with a sea food restaurant.  Other restaurants include Texas Land and Cattle and County Line Barbeque.  Primo's is opening soon.  We had drinks at the bar in the restaurant at the Bass Pro Shop.  Jay and I shot the laser rifles.  We walked around the boardwalk and onto the boat slips.  

We wanted to go to Fair Park for the fireworks but those were on July 1.  I had heard that Garland was having one of the better shows so we went to Firewheel.  I met a nice couple who liked my shirt.  It was a Beatles t-shirt that Hugh brought me from Thailand, made in Bangladesh.  I also met a guy from Ethiopia who had been here ten years.  He had some family members who just came to America two days ago.  The fireworks were behind the stage where a couple of groups performed - Jump5 and SheDaisy.


Dodie's at The Harbor


Bass Pro Shop at Harbor Point - Hugh, Dottie, and Jay


85 pound cat at the Bass Pro Shop


Lake Ray Hubbard


The Lady of the Lake [a watery tart]


Firewheel


Welcome to the United States of Texas


Fireworks or the Milky Way?