Last weekend, I took a trip to Dallas to see one of my favorite bands, Paramore, in concert. I loaded up the car and drove three hours from Austin to Dallas on I-35 on Friday the 13th. If that sentence sounds terrible, it’s because it was terrible.
But it’s really only terrible because driving on I-35 means that you have cars right in front of you, right behind you, and right next to you on both sides the entire time, and everyone is going 80 miles an hour (at least), so you have to be on your toes every second of the trip. It really made me miss my leisurely drives to College Station; driving through East Texas means you’re likely to see more cows than cars, and the scenery is much prettier.
It was a good trip though. I definitely recommend using Friday and Sunday as travel days when attending an out of town concert that’s happening on a Saturday night. We were able to do this mostly because Nathan’s friend lives in an apartment in Dallas and we stayed there for free, which made the cost of the trip much, much cheaper (hooray for having hospitable friends in different cities!)
Having a free two-night stay also allowed us some time to explore the city a little bit. We tried to visit the JFK museum, but we didn’t get in because every other tourist in the city decided they wanted to do that as well. We were able to visit the memorial though, and see the two ‘X”s on the road that mark the exact spots where JFK was shot. It’s kind of morbid, but also pretty cool to see in person.
We ended up going to a Dallas history museum for a little while instead, and then we took pictures around the city until we had to leave for the concert.
I love having friends that are just as interested in photography or getting their picture taken as me. I totally understand people that don’t like being in front of the camera, and people that would rather be in the moment than take pictures, because that’s how I am a lot of the time as well. But Nathan likes to keep his Instagram up to date, which means spending a good chunk of our Saturday in Dallas taking pictures around the city was A-OK with him.
Here’s a couple of my favorites that we took that day:
You can probably tell which one of us is more comfortable being in front of the camera. I’ll give you a hint: it’s the person that’s not doing a peace sign and not making the universal “hurry up and take the picture already” face. I’ll learn how to act natural in front of a camera someday.
Nathan also took this picture that I love and wish I had taken:
I think it was one of those pictures that you just take really quick for no reason, and then later you upload the pictures to your computer and realize that it ended up being one of the best ones. I love when that happens. I like this picture because I think the composition is on point, the people in the foreground are posed well, and the colors just all work together. We can chalk it up to beginner’s luck.
Paramore played a great show that night, but I didn’t take any pictures at all. I lived in the moment, and also my phone wouldn’t have taken the best pictures or videos from where we were sitting anyway (that’s really the main reason). I would love to take professional pictures at a concert one day, that would be so much fun. Where do I sign up to do that? I don’t even need to get paid, just let me stand near the stage and take a million photos.
The next day I was ready to go back to Austin. I have to say, exploring the city was fun, but Downtown Dallas has some of the craziest roads I have ever driven on. It’s almost like the city planners took a handful of spaghetti, dropped it on a piece of graph paper, and said “the noodles represent the roads that we’re going to build!” It’s really that chaotic, and I’m so glad that I didn’t end up driving on the wrong side of the road at any point during the weekend (at least, I’m pretty sure I didn’t).
Now I’m wondering when I can plan my next trip. Even though it’s boiling outside, summer is the time to do this kind of stuff. Where should I go next? San Antonio? Waco? I’m always open to suggestions when it comes to weekend road trips 🙂