These boots are made for walkin’!
Whenever there is a holiday weekend I am on the first plane outta Dodge! The urge to put my feet in as many places as possible means anytime I have a long weekend (a.k.a. a free day off of work!) I must travel somewhere. It’s a blessing and a curse I willingly bear. #YOLO (is that still a thing? I don’t think it is. What are the youngins saying in 2014?)
My first trip of the year was to fly somewhere not bitterly cold since “below average temps” is the theme so far this year (except in SoCal where the weather is laughing at the rest of the country. What’s up, 70 degrees in January!) I traveled to Dallas/Fort Worth to visit my friend Hillary, and I brought some warmer temps with me to Texas and enjoyed a weekend in 60 degree weather!
I’ve been to Dallas a couple times when I was younger for dance competitions, but outside of Six Flags I don’t remember much. And I’ve only been to Fort Worth for a quick 24 hour trip, so I was excited to finally spend a fair amount of time in this area and not feel rushed.
My flight landed at 10:30am on Saturday of Martin Luther King Jr. weekend, and our first stop might be my favorite of the trip. We drove straight to lunch at my beloved Texas BBQ restaurant, Spring Creek! I ordered my usual beef sandwich, and for dessert the amazing coconut cream pie! So delicious.
After the best lunch ever, Hillary and I drove to downtown Dallas and visited the Dallas World Aquarium. This is such a cool place and has a lot more to offer than just fish! (Though fish are awesome on their own too!) The Dallas World Aquarium was a unique experience because it didn’t feel like I was in a typical zoo or aquarium, but rather like I was in the rain forest. Some of the birds and monkeys roam freely through all the greenery overhead while guests wind through the exhibit admiring amazing creatures. You can see the detail that goes into each habitat to make the animals feel at home. http://www.dwazoo.com/
After the Dallas World Aquarium we walked to the JFK museum. It was one of the more somber museums I’ve ever visited. The Museum overlooks Dealey Plaza, located on the sixth and seventh floors of the warehouse formerly known as the Texas School Book Depository, where the shots that killed President Kennedy were presumably fired. I learned a lot of facts I didn’t previously know about the JFK assassination. Such as the one and only time the AP wire went silent for a few moments in remembrance of JFK was on November 25, 1963, a national day of mourning declared by President Johnson. http://www.jfk.org/go/home
After the museum, we decided to rest our feet and watched “American Hustle” (great movie!) After the movie we drove back to Forth Worth and ate dinner at Tokyo Cafe. Yay sushi!!
On Sunday Hillary and I explored a ghost town about 75 miles west of Fort Worth. Thurber, Texas most notable today for supplying Fort Worth with its bricks, was a boom and bust town. Born in 1888 as a coal mining town and later producing paving bricks that were used throughout Texas, Thurber was mostly abandoned by the 1930s due to locomotives switching from coal to oil.
Hillary and I explored the remains of Thurber, which included St. Barbara’s Catholic Church, a restored miner’s house, a train car, and the last remaining smokestack. We tried to explore the Thurber Cemetery, which is unique as it had three sections with separate entrances: one for Protestants, one for Catholics, and one for African Americans. Unfortunately the road to the cemetery was gated and locked, and although we could have hopped the fence, it was unclear how far of a walk it was from the road. All we could see was a winding road uphill. (Update: I recently learned that you ask the clerk at the Ice House Restaurant to gain access to the locked cemetery. You’ll leave your driver’s license in exchange for the key to the gate. This would have been useful information a few weeks ago. Bummer!)
It was a beautiful Texas winter day to wander through the remains of Thurber and to take photos for our blog, Off the Grid. Situated right off the highway, Thurber invites visitors to explore its history and discover a piece of Texas’ past.
Our next stop of Sunday was to eat! We ate a late lunch/early dinner at Rodeo Goat in Fort Worth. It was so delicious! I had the Nanny Goat hamburger (which included goat cheese, my favorite!) and we sat out on the patio enjoying the nice weather. After we ate, we shopped for a bit, and then headed back to Hillary’s house to watch the season 3 premiere of “Sherlock”!! Such a great show.
On Monday we just hung out and had a chill day. We ate lunch at Fort Worth’s famous Joe T.’s, established in 1935. So much history! And apparently they have great margaritas, but I will have to try those another day when I’m not driving around town. http://joets.com/
After we stuffed ourselves with deliciousness at lunch, we drove around the Stockyards and downtown Fort Worth. Then I begged Hillary to take me to Braum’s for ice cream (it’s awesome), before I headed to the airport.
I had a wonderful time exploring the sites and history of Dallas-Fort Worth, and I know there is still a lot left in Texas for me to discover! Until next time!