My bride and myself visited our youngest daughter Lisa Gonzales of
Stamford, Texas to be there for their son Xander McKnight Gonzales first
birthday. We left Douglas International Airport at Charlotte, NC on
March 16, 2010 and had an interconnecting flight out of Dallas/Forth Worth
to Abilene, Texas. We have went through DFW several times before and
that is one airport that is really stretched out. You normally come in
on one side and depart the other side of the airport if heading West and
American Airlines provided wheel chair access for my bride and
staff were waiting at each stop coming and going. My bride can manage
without a wheel chair but with all the walking required up and down the
flight ramps, the wheel chair works much better and was definitely safer.
Since this was a vacation and definitely desired to get away from
anything that resembled a work environment, I did not access a computer the
entire 7 days and only made a couple cell phone calls and that wasn't work
related. We had a great time and our daughter and son-in-law Steve
were fantastic hosts and we lacked for nothing. We got a chance
to meet Steve's parents, Connie and Steve Gonzales and hit if off very well
We had no desire to do a lot of touring different attractions but wanted
to simply soak up our newest grandson and enjoy the fine hospitality
provided. I got a chance to do a couple of my recipes while there and
got some on the job training from Steve and his Mother Connie to add their
recipes to my Mexican Cuisine section on
We also met other relatives of Steve and Connie Gonzales and took pixs at
Xander's 1st birthday party.
The town of Stamford, Texas is a more or less farming town/community and
the recession has hit their town very hard like many small towns here in the
USA. The terrain is very flat and the weather would go from one
extreme to the other and had some sleet and ice a couple mornings and the
day we departed on March 23, 2010, the weather was supposed to be in the
high 70's, quite a contrast from a few days earlier.
Below are thumbnail pixs taken and click on the thumbnails for a larger
Photos by Bill aka Mickey Porter and web published 03-28-10.