Money, Cows and Water

Trip Start Nov 17, 2010
Trip End Dec 20, 2010

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Thursday, December 2, 2010

Today was very busy! 

Our first stop was at the Bureau of Printing and Engraving. That was very interesting. No pictures from there though. Cell phones or any electronic equipment, back packs, cameras, weapons (including knives, pellet guns, mace, etc.), explosives, food, and drinks are prohibited. They aren't kidding. The security check is at the parking lot then you get shuttled to the factory. We arrived early and were the only ones there. A short while later another group arrived and that was all for our tour.  So everything moved along fast and smooth. We were there for maybe an hour and half.

From there we headed over to the Fort Worth Stockyards. Finding a place to park was confusing. There are lots with marked spaces and at each entrance is a slotted box to insert money. But the slot for our spot was jammed with bills. Should we leave the car there and risk it getting towed or should we move the car? We opted to leave it and it didn't get towed. Maybe because on weekdays they have free parking to encourage folks to come there for lunch?

We went to the Visitor Center first and got a "walking map" and had a nice conversation with the fella there. The whole place is pretty much shops and restaurants. There are some fun things for kiddies too. We strolled down the street while we waited for the Cattle Drive. We knew it was getting to be time for it when they started blocking off the street, so we got ourselves into a decent place and waited. No, they don't come charging down the street like in the movies! They just amble along following the cowboys.

After that we went into the Stockyards Station which is like a mall of shops and eateries.

Then we went to the Livestock Exchange. It's an active office building but straight back from the entrance is the Stockyards Museum. Unfortunately we forgot to take pictures! It's all Pat's fault. She's the curator. She was so excited to see us and she led us around the museum showing us one thing after another and then she'd go to leave us alone and told us to come ask if we had questions but right away she'd have something else to show us.  She did this several times and ended up giving us a tour of the entire place!  We had a blast! 

After that we stopped at one of the steakhouses for lunch. Steak of course and it was very good.

Then we wandered up and down the street and finally ended up at the Cowboy Hall of Fame. Inside there is also a large collection of buggies and wagons along with several other small exhibits. If you go to the stockyards, make this your first stop. They give you a sticker and it's good for the entire day.

That was enough for us so then we drove to the Fort Worth Water Gardens. It's interesting and very pretty walking all around the place. We only spent about a half hour there.

Lots of pictures! Will add captions later.
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Charisse on

WOW awesome ... love reading all about everything ... sounds really lovely to visit and learn at the same time

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