My Trip To Texas: Days 1 and 2

I had so much fun spending four days in Texas.

Thursday was a travel day and I was pretty tired by the time I arrived in Dallas.

It was super hot and humid when I stepped off the plane.

I felt my energy level instantly zapped.

Once I picked up a rental car and got settled in my hotel,

My son and I hung out for awhile in the hip, trendy, 7th Street area of Fort Worth.

Around 7th St Fort Worth © SHaggerty 2014 W-1

Around 7th Street, Fort Worth, Texas.

We had a nice mediterranean dinner at the end of the day and then I begged off to get some sleep.

I still can’t get over all the lightning and thunder that night!

Gigantic thunder cloud:

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Friday, I was fully recovered from traveling and FULL of energy.

The weather was beautiful – a perfect 72F.

After a nice breakfast, my son and I spent a few hours at the Fort Worth Zoo.

We had so much fun.

The zoo is particularly proud of their two baby elephants.

(Excuse the photo quality on the zoo shots – harsh sun conditions!)

Baby Elephant © SHaggerty 2014 W-1

I adored the babies, but I also loved watching the gorillas at feeding time.

Did you know gorillas love peanut butter?

Gorilla © SHaggerty 2014 W-1

The zoo keepers put peanut butter into the “holes” on a feeding/puzzle board.

The gorillas have to work the peanut butter out with their fingers.

Yum, yum??

The flamingoes, with all their beautiful oddities, provoked a philosophical, “But why??” conversation.

Flamingo © SHaggerty 2014 W-1

Who knew it could be so fun to go to the zoo with a 19 year old?

We really had a great time.

After the zoo, we drove a few blocks and entered the stunning Fort Worth Botanic Garden.

People have been recommending the garden to me as a “must see” for over a year now.

My expectations, however, were low.

I’ve spent a lot of time at Descanso Gardens and The Huntington – surely Fort Worth could not compare?

However, I was pleasantly surprised by the beauty of the Fort Worth Botanic Garden.

I particularly liked the rose garden and the Japanese garden.

An even bigger surprise?

I thought my son would be bored to death, but he absolutely loved the gardens.

(I think he might have been scoping them out as a future-date location.)

I’ll do a separate post soon with photos and more information about the garden/s.

It was a full day with lots of walking.

But, even after the zoo and the botanic gardens – we weren’t done yet.

We took a short break to get cleaned up and then drove to downtown Fort Worth.

We walked several blocks checking out the city scene.

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Fort Worth is a nice mix of old and new architecture.

I like how they’ve made downtown user-friendly, particularly in the Sundance Square area.

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(Fort Worth was hopping with activity due to Fab Four basketball events.)

For dinner, we connected with about 150 other college mom/sons at Ruth’s Chris.

What a yummy  martini  dinner we had!

But wait, we still weren’t done ….

The last stop for the night was for a round of miniature golf.

My son, Mr. Amazing Athlete, signed us up for the most difficult of three courses.

He promptly hit a hole in one at the very first hole.

Sigh …

I was afraid I wouldn’t even be able to hit the ball because of my bum arm.

But, I did okay once I figured out how to make a few adjustments.

I even got a hole in one (eventually) on one of the more difficult holes.


It was really exciting!

And okay, it didn’t put my score even close to my son’s but I was still very happy about it.

It was a nice way to end a very busy day.

Tomorrow, I’ll share a little about the other half of my trip.

2 Responses to “My Trip To Texas: Days 1 and 2”

  1. Jan's Sushai Bar

    The zoo in Ft. Worth is superior in every way to the one in Dallas – I’m so glad you enjoyed it! As for the botanic gardens being a good “date” destination, he is 1000% correct. I have some very fond memories of a date Beloved and I had there, back when we were first getting to know one another.

  2. Erica

    The gorilla is checking email on a well-used tablet.


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