Friday, October 12, 2018


This is Fort Worth, also known as “Cowtown” ...the city of cowboys, cattle and culture. A rather small, big city, brimming with personality and charm.

Families curious about the Old West, should mosey over to the Stockyards National Historic District outside of downtown. There’s something for all ages: barbeque, petting zoo, trail rides, barbeque, snow cones, a maze, chuck wagon rides, barbeque, shopping, selfies with longhorns, gun fights, and oh! and did I mention barbeque?! There’s so much more than what I’ve listed here, but the most significant are the twice daily cattle drives, with well-preserved old buildings serving as the backdrop. Yep, Texas longhorns literally saunter down the street every day to reenact the cattle drives when this was the last stop before going on to Indian Territory in Oklahoma. 

After lunch, we took a short drive over to the Fort Worth Zoo, rated one of the top five zoos in the US. There’s so much going on here, that you could almost call it an amusement park (making it an excellent value destination). In addition to a rock climbing tower and a mini train, little wranglers can romp around an old-fashioned western town, complete with play barn and shooting gallery. As for the animals, they are well taken care of, and it shows in their elevated level of interaction. Be sure to visit the awesome African Savannah exhibit released this year – wow - This 10-acre exhibit is home to a variety of African wildlife and has ample opportunities for interaction, including giraffe feeding and the chance to see the graceful underwater movements of hippos firsthand. Kids will also enjoy peeking at the cool Gharial crocodile species from India and petting cuddlier creatures at the petting zoo. 

If you're a donut lover, don't forget to book-end your day with a visit to Funkytown Donuts, dubbed "the BEST DONUT SHOP IN AMERICA," at least according to the visitors pictured here, who, are experts on donuts. There's definitely a "funky" array of flavors, including vegan and gluten-free options. You’ll go nuts (!) for the slightly earthy flavor of the airy glazed doughnut alone.

I’ve always liked Fort Worth.  There’s just a rustic quality to the whole city that really appeals to me. Even though it’s only a (Texas-sized) stone’s throw from Dallas, it couldn’t be more different.


Tips on Staying Comfortable on Your Next Road Trip

As the holidays are ramping up, many of us will be on the road visiting family. Traveling on the road during the holiday season can be stressful and tiring, so you want to make sure you stay energized, alert and comfortable.

There are many important components to staying comfortable on a long road trip. Hydrating, having good posture and stretching frequently can improve the quality of your trip immeasurably. There are also specific things you can do like wearing compression socks, using a tennis ball as a back massager and using peppermint oil to keep you alert.

Take a look at this great guide on tips for staying comfortable on a long road trip from The Zebra. The guide goes into detail on all the ways you can stay comfortable and alert. Also, be sure to check out the infographic below!

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