The campus of Southern Methodist University is beautiful. It’s a very expensive, private school tucked in the upscale neighborhood of University Park. Former First Lady Laura Bush attended SMU for her undergraduate studies, and the campus is also where you will find her husband’s Presidential Library and Museum.
Agree or disagree with his politics, George W. Bush is a large part of Texas history and, of course, a President of the United States. If you want a feel for history and Texas, then a visit to the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum should be on your To Do list.
It is important to note that the museum is a Federal agency, so you will go through a security screening and bag check before you are allowed inside.
I used to work in Las Colinas. In fact, I have had three different jobs in the Irving area over the years. I often saw the Mustangs of Las Colinas sculpture as I commuted but never stopped by to check it out.
I met Peter there on a recent afternoon to see what we could see. First thing to note is that getting to Williams Square and the Mustangs is a tiny bit tricky right now as there is lots of road construction happening on N. O’Connor Blvd. There are signs posted to lead you in the right direction. Secondly, parking in the garages is only free for an hour, and provided you get your stub validated at the Mustangs museum. Peter and I were out there longer than an hour, so we had to pay a small fee.
Because N. O’Connor was closed & ripped up, we wandered in the back way by Lake Carolyn and the canal.
We didn’t have a solid plan in mind, but we did want to take photos of some Downtown Dallas landmarks. This is the great thing about having a photography buddy to share adventures with!
We hopped on the McKinney Avenue Trolley at Union Station and let Car #122, aka Rosie, noisily take us on our journey. As we approached the stop for the Dallas Museum of Art, Peter asked me if I had ever been inside. When I said I hadn’t, he asked if I wanted to check it out, and I thought about it for 0.54783 seconds before saying, “Sure!”. We got off the trolley and wandered inside.