Having fun in and around Ft. Worth

Another Week in DFW

Having fun in and around Dallas/ft. Worth

(Bulls, Trains and Flowers)

Apr. 11-14, 2010



by David “Sumoflam” Kravetz


April 11, 2010:After a restful evening and late-morning due to the long trip from Lexington, I spent time with my sister Sherry and her husband Brian and my sweet little niece Savannah.  We took a trip down to the Fort Worth Stockyards, had a great lunch, rode a train and had a generally great time!!  The Fort Worth Stockyards are cowboy central. As their official website states, “The Fort Worth Stockyards is the history book of the livestock industry in Texas. Each chapter is represented by the original bricks and mortar, the wood corrals, the men, and the music that are all still a part of the the Stockyards today.”  It is a National Historic District due to the old buildings and the representation of a life long gone and only shown in old westerns.


We left Keller in the early afternoon and headed down to the stockyards to enjoy lunch and then take a leisurely train ride.  I had been there once before, but only on a drive thru.  This time we were able to take our time.  What a blast.  Following is a pictorial journal ofthis part of the trip….


Forth Worth Stockyards greets you

















Of course, the whole idea of the stockyards is stock…cattle….and what is cattle without a little BULL…Longhorn style….



Which one is the real bull? (Actually, the “bull” on the right is my brother in law Brian!!)


All of this dealing with bull made us hungry for some so we headed to Riscky’s Steakhouse in the Stockyards for some wonderful steaks…



Started in 1927 by Polish immigrant Joe Riscky, who originally came to Texas towork in the Armour packing plant in 1911,

Riscky’s is one of “Cowtown’s” Steak and BBQ of choice.  We loved it too!!



Couldn’t resist the “Cowboy Cactus” silhouetted in the window at Riscky’s….and sister Sherry had so much steak she grew horns!!!


After eating we noticed that time was flying by….indeed, even a pig was flying by….so we needed to head to the train for our little jaunt into Fort Worth….




After a bit of grub (that’s what they call food in these parts),we headed for a fun little train ride through Fort Worth.  Nothing fancy,but more for the atmosphere.  In the stockyards there is the Grapevine Vintage Railroad, a nice little rail ride that takes one along the historic Cotton Belt Route and over the Trinity River in Fort Worth. The train we rode was a 1953 GP-7 Diesel Locomotive train that pulls 1920s and 1930s era Victorian style cars.


Here I am up on the front of the old 1953 GP-7 Locomotive that would pull us along on our trip. 

I also liked the side view with the old fashioned lamps reflecting off of the windows


This is a view into the last cabin in the train.  Lots of old decorative seats.


The train is not air-conditioned, but has open air windows, which was nice on this April day.


As we prepared to go, the engineers chatted out front.  I leaned out of the

coach to get the photo on the right…


A couple of scenes from the train: Downtown Ft. Worth on the left and colorful pallet stacks on the right



Not everything was “scenic” on the ride.  The train went by heavily traveled

roads and we even saw a man that was living under the bridge. There were

some industrial areas as well.  But the ride was pleasant nonetheless.



Downtown Ft. Worth with the Trinity River heading through it. 

Riverine Egrets relax on the banks of the river.

We got a warm hello from some kids who apparently live along the route.



As with any tourist activity, there is always the profit seekers.  There

were photographers hawking their wares. 

I got photos of both of them and DID NOT charge them a thing for my photos to be posted here!!


I am “Enjoying the Ride” as is what looks to be a Texas cowboy.  Brianschmoozes with the Conductor.



Trip was finally done and off the train I went…..And, uhh, tell ever wun Gomer sez hey!!


Sherry and Brian took us back home on a side trip to see some other interesting sites in Ft. Worth.



A building and a statue with no names.  I have looked for information on

these and couldn’t find any.But, they are in Ft. Worth.  If anyone knows,

let me know so I can add information.


From downtown, Sherry and Brian took me to see their trailer…yes, they have gone “Flamingohead” on me and have a nice trailer.  Many times during the year they enjoy the ride Living in Aluminum.  Here is their place…but, it ain’t home because we all know it ain’t home until you take the wheels off!!



Sherry, Brian and Savannah show off their Ultra Lite.  Ahh, living in aluminum.  Hope they give me a call from Freedom sometime!!



Found in the same trailer storage area as Sherry and Brian’s trailer….theowner of this MUST be a fan of Antsy McClain and the Trailer Park Troubadours!!!



Speaking of Antsy McClain, the trailer next to Sherry’s was purchased at

McClain’s RVs!!  I even found the place in McKinney!!

Never thought Antsy would go this far!!


As the sun set on this nice April day in Fort Worth, I am reminded again of mysweet sister, her great husband Brian and darling little Savannah.




April 12, 2010: A trip to Weatherford and Mineral Wells was on the agenda.  I have covered this trip in the past, so not too much here to add other than the spectacularly colorful trip.



Can’t miss a Cool place on the way…I went by here before, but wanted

to point out that they are “Shut” despite being “Now Open”

This is in Cool, Texas.


Perhaps the nicest part of the trip to Weatherford/Mineral Wells, were the wildflowers along the road — mainly the famed Texas Bluebonnet and the Indian Paintbrush.  This was a great day to be on the road!!



Indian Paintbrush — beautiful flowers


Loved the delicate strands of spider web on this small yellow wildflower



I loved the intense blues and reds along the road.  I tried to capture theflavor.


Texas Bluebonnet


Some roadside guidance provided by……


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