Thursday, December 17, 2015

Holiday Happenings

'Tis the season, so our touring of the area has included special holiday events and spending time with friends.


We cruised on our motorcycles one afternoon to meet up with Brenda and Hank, co-workers from Crazy Horse, who were visiting the area.  It was nice to see them and catch up.  And, we actually enjoyed some terrific Margherita pizza at Grimaldi’s in Grapevine, TX!  Definitely worthy of Rambling RV Rat’s 5-cheese rating!


We learned Grapevine is the Christmas Capital of Texas, and it surely lives up to its reputation!  Mike and Claudia joined us one evening to take in the beautiful lights and decorations.   And the Christmas parade with bands, classic cars, and floats, was just what we needed to get us into the holiday spirit!  Mommy thinks Amazon should enter a float in the parade, and Daddy says “Big Boomer” could tow it!  We shall see for next year!


Mike, Claudia, and Yours Truly!


Since “Big Boomer” doesn’t do well with parking in cities, one day we took the train from Richland Hills into Dallas Union Station, where we hailed a cab to take us to the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden.  Our driver took us “for a ride”, taking us to the aquarium instead of the arboretum.  So we got a bit of a “scenic tour” of Dallas with the meter running.  The Arboretum was once part of the 44-acre Rancho Encinal, the estate home of geophysicist Everette Lee DeGolyer and his wife, Nell.   The estate home was gorgeous—beautiful woodwork, unique ceilings and rooms filled with original home furnishings.   But even more enjoyable was the special holiday exhibit—more than 500 nativities from all around the world on display, designed so creatively from an assortment of materials--ceramic, porcelain, pewter, crochet, seed pods, wood, etc.  There were different “character” themes for the nativities as well-bear, dogs, cats, penguins, moose—you name it! 





Outside were gazebos decorated for each of the “Twelve Days of Christmas.”  It was a magical, beautiful day!

We visited the Fort Worth stockades in 2009 when meeting with Wayland Long of 2L Truck and Trailer Sales, the custom builder of “Big Boomer”.  So while here in Haslet we just had to revisit what we consider the best steakhouse in the area—DelFrisco’s.  And our memories served us well—the food once again was delectable—we were not disappointed!  The place was packed, especially for a Thursday evening!  We burned a few of the calories we devoured by walking down to “Sundance Square”, Fort Worth’s version of Rockefeller Center.  Texas sure does take Christmas seriously!  All the buildings had coordinated lights, a beautiful tree the centerpiece of the square.  It was a “selfie haven”. 


Well, I am pooped!  Time to hit the sack!  Speak to you again soon!

















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