November 2, Monday
We awoke to a beautiful blue sky day with temperatures in the 70’s. We read through all the tourist pamphlets and selected where we would spend today and tomorrow…today we will go to the Sundance Square Area of downtown Fort Worth and to the historic Stock Yards area. If there is time we will go to the Cultural District as they have numerous very nice museums – however many are closed on Monday. The day will end with a steak dinner since we are in “Cow Town”. Tomorrow we will visit the Boy Scout Museum in Irving, the Galleria Mall, and the Kennedy Assassination site in downtown Dallas. There are so many things but two days is all we can manage and after two days of walking in cities we will be ready to hit the road!
GPS Lady guided us to the Stockyards and we walked around after finding a parking place – their parking is very organized. Lots of lots and all spots have a number – there are large boards and you roll up dollars and put in slots for each space….There was a cattle drive down the main street at 11:30 so we watched that before heading to Billy Bob’s Texas for lunch.
The Cattle Drive
Now we know the time to visit a honky-tonk is at night; but that is not when we are here – so the next best thing is lunch! We had a delicious brisket sandwich and onion rings. Jane was really not expecting much in the way of good food at such a place but it was very tender and had excellent flavor.
Neon at Billy Bob's
The police in this area are ride horseback.
We looked at western clothes, jewelry, and toured the Livestock Exchange and peeked in the Rodeo Coliseum. The buildings were well restored but I would say the tourist traffic was light. The weather was absolutely beautiful and in the high 70’s. Short sleeves were comfortable.
We headed with GPS Lady’s directions to the Sundance Square area of downtown Fort Worth. The most impressive thing to us about this city was the sharp contrast and combination of the old and new architecture. There were stunning glass skyscrapers and right beside them restored buildings dating back to the turn of the century.
The city was bustling with traffic and people. A free trolley (Molly) made a circuit of the area every 15 minutes. We rode it around and then walked and looked in shops in a 3-4 block area. Lots of great western wear, art, and jewelry. When Jane's back had had all the walking it could take for the day we headed back to camp for a short rest before heading out to find the steak dinner.
GPS Lady helped us locate one of the top rated steakhouses in the area only 6.7 miles from our camp – so we are headed to Saltgrass Steak House in Arlington. Wow – good job GPS Lady! Great salads, super good steaks and Ben brought home a huge piece of pecan pie with ice cream! We cleaned our plates (if you count what we put in the take home box!); but we did not do as well as the guy at the next table – he literally chewed on the bone of his t-bone steak in the restaurant – I had never seen that before! Note to self - eat in another Saltgrass Steak House if the situation presents!!!
We made it back to camp and hooked up electricity etc in the dark.
Campsite at Holiday Park
We are enjoying another peaceful evening here at Holiday Park. The moon is full and the moonlight and lights from homes across the lake are beautiful.