There’s more to Waco than meets the eye. It feels like a college town more than anything. Get outside of the downtown area & you are in deep country. I walked into one shop & couldn’t tell if the women working there were quakers, mormons or cultists. They were all wearing a variation of ankle length skirt, long sleeve shirt, vest & had the same hairdo. It was creepy
But Common Grounds was supposed to make excellent coffee (they do) & I wanted to see Waco Mammoth National Monument (because I’m a nerd), so I spent last night in Waco, Texas. Someplace I never imagine spending the night.
The tiny house was ~okay~.
It wasn’t anything special.
It felt like an under the radar bed & breakfast that the owners were marketing on Airbnb instead of on normal hotel booking channels. The room had a smoke detector & fire extinguisher. It was a perfectly fine little cabin but I’m sure there are better places to spend the night. Because the owners call the place a #tinyhouse, they up the price to follow the current trend. I could see the same thing working in Metro Detroit. Easy.
The coffee shop was cool. I got a later start than I should have & the place was packed, so I had trouble finding a seat with a table that would make working comfortable. I ended up just hanging out for a short time & then heading to the park.
The Mammoth Site is fifteen minutes outside of Waco proper. It’s $6 for a ranger guided tour, which was excellent. A couple of guys randomly found a femur in a creek bed when they were supposed to be working & this area outside of Waco has been a treasure trove of Columbian Mammoth bones ever since. They’ve found more than 24 skeletons from three different events over 15k years in the one area. It was fascinating. I’m glad to have stopped by one of the newest national parks. I hope they keep keeping it.
A childhood friend in East Texas & the ranger had mentioned that Waco also has a Dr. Pepper museum, so after Waco Mammoth, I had to go see the Dr. Pepper museum. The majority of the museum had memorabilia from just about every World’s Fair & the history of every soda except cola. Being from Detroit, it was cool to see Vernors included in the mix.
After the museum, I started driving towards Rarumpelpunzeldornaschenwittchen. I thought about stopping in Belton for food and also thought about visiting the LBJ Historical Site but because of the late start & my first day of driving in some serious rain, none of that happened. I just wanted to get to the B&B. Which happens to be adorable. I booked Rarumpelpunzeldornaschenwittchen 100% because of it’s name. It’s the cutest cabin. If the weather is crappy tomorrow, I’d stay another night.