We had a lot planned for our stay in Dallas – we actually stayed in a RV park in Arlington, just down the street from the Dallas Cowboys home stadium, the AT&T Stadium. We arrived on Monday and went to the Monday Night Football Game against the Tennessee Titans, who we saw in Tennessee too! What an awesome stadium! Very open, both ends are open-air areas, with a retractable roof. We had a great time!
The next day we visited the John F. Kennedy Memorial and the site where he was shot. Lots of history in the area, chronologically it’s a little backwards, but it tied in with our recent visit to the MLK Memorial at the Lorraine Motel back in Memphis and the desegregation riots at Little Rock Central High School. A look into what was going on during that era.
Besides being the home of the Dallas Cowboys, one of Dallas’ historical mark on the US is the trails that were used for cattle drives and brought settlers to the area. Pioneer Plaza in Downtown Dallas features native plants and flowing streams, with a re-creation of a cattle drive with longhorn steer and cowboys on horses ‘driving’ the cattle along the Shawnee Trail; the earliest and easternmost route by which Texas longhorn cattle were taken to the northern railheads.
Next, we went to a Dallas Stars hockey game vs the SAN JOSE SHARKS!!!!! When we met Michel Goulet back in Nashville, he said that we would like this arena, so we’ve been looking forward to it – and anything has to be better than our experience at the Nashville Predators games! The arena was nice, but not one of our favorite layouts, it was kind of ‘stacked’, making it feel like the sections above were towering over you, we prefer it to be a little more open.
As I mentioned back in Louisville, we enjoyed The Byrds 50th Anniversary Tour of Sweetheart of the Rodeo show much that we wanted to see it again in Dallas, which we did! The show was great the first time (thus why we wanted to see it a second time!) but didn’t realize that the first time we saw them, was only the 3rd or 4th show of the tour, by the time we saw them in Dallas, they were awesome! You could tell they were having a great time too! We’d love to see the show again but haven’t seen any more tour dates.
On our last full day, we decided to drive over to Fort Worth and check out the Stockyards. Twice a day they hold a cattle drive down the main street and they had a corral maze, which we thought would be a fun variation of the corn mazes we like to go to. We also checked out the Billy Bob Texas, the World’s Largest Honky Tonk.
We had planned to go to a Dallas Mavericks Basketball Game vs. the Washington Wizards but when we finally got around to getting some tickets, we realized that two of the star players (one on each team) were out with injuries and not playing, we’d been doing a lot, and decided to skip it.
It had finally stopped raining but was really cold so not too inviting to do outdoor activities. As you can guess, we did get at least one round of golf in. We played at the Tangle Ridge Golf Course, nice public course.
Overall, we had a nice time in Dallas. Next stop, Austin, TX.