Train Trip

Followers of my blog know that we’re really busy people. The beginning of the year, Bob and I made an agreement to take one weekend a month just for us. We could stay home and do chores or take a trip someplace we could take Charley. Well, Saturday, March 9 was the first weekend we had available! As I said busy people. LOL

We decided to ride the train to Grapevine. We didn’t take Charley. In Texas, we’re all about our trucks and SUVs and not so much about mass transit. Dallas is better than Fort Worth on this, but we’re improving. In January, a Trinity Metro started scheduled trips from downtown Fort Worth all the way out to Dallas/Fort Worth Airport with stops along the way.IMG_0895

The trip is right at one hour. Our first challenge was figuring out how to make the kiosk work to buy tickets. We ended up with one-way tickets rather than the day pass. Just an error on our part misunderstanding the terminology, but it became an issue when we tried to buy return tickets when the machine didn’t work right. Worst case scenario we’d have had to wait an hour for the next train. 

The train had very comfy seats and a generous bathroom—a bout three times the size of those on planes. The ride was smooth. On the way to Grapevine, the train was mostly empty, but the return trip had quite a few folks.

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We had a beautiful sunny day with a fair amount of wind. The town has lots of fun stores. This pic was in front of a store that sold all things Texas.

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After shopping all over we stopped for lunch at Farina’s Winery & Café. Grapevine has lots of wineries. The café had a great chandelier.IMG_0886 IMG_0885

Gapevine’s Market on Main is a really old store that has been owned and operated by the same family for four generations. How cool is that?  

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Can you find things like these boots other places?IMG_0889

Coming home we noticed that it looked like the railroad ties were no longer wood, but some concrete composite. We also caught a clear view of downtown Fort Worth.

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All in all, it was a very fun day. This was only the fourth time I’ve ridden a train: Once when I was twelve and road with my Grandma Riegert from El Paso to Tucson. Once when I was pregnant with our older daughter, and we rode from Fort Worth to San Antonio for Christmas. Once with friends from Fort Worth to Dallas.

I like traveling on a train. I think it’s romantic. Maybe I only think that because I do it so seldom. This trip makes we want to explore a longer one—like maybe the Canadian Mountaineer.

For some of you, I’m sure riding a train is a common thing. When my younger daughter lived in NYC, she was on a train/subway multiple times a day. What do you like or not like about your train experiences? Do you think we need more or fewer trains in our world? Love to hear from you.

Events: March 23 Ballpark in Arlington  This has turned out to be a bigger deal than when I first signed up for it, over a year ago. Please check it out. 53781119_829502237398598_7494882579091292160_o

March 30 Book Signing in Bryan, Texas, a Texas Authors sponsored event.

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11 responses to “Train Trip

  1. I think claiming a weekend for you and your hubby, and maybe Charley, is a wonderful idea. The train ride sounds like a return trip in the future. Great photos. I haven’t ridden many trains, but we did the train ride between Silverton and Durango, CO when we were out West a couple of summers ago. Loved it! We may do a train trip thru the Canadian Rockies when we visit in September. And subways? The NY subway was an experience, but once is enough for me.

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    • Hey, JQ. We’re taking Charley when we go to Bryan for the book signing later in the month.He’s a good traveler. And yes, I’m going on the train again. I’m thinking maybe a girl’s trip. 🙂 Your September trip should be beautiful. I thought the NY subways would bother me, but they don’t. Our younger daughter and her husband lived there for a number of years, so I got used to them. She was a real pro. I remember her saying, “Move down to this spot, because it works better when we get off for the next train.” As I said a pro. Thanks so much for stopping by. 🙂

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  2. Hi Marsha, my daughter and I have ridden the TRE across to Dallas several times over the last several months for Friday and Saturday hockey games at the American Airlines Center. We took the train last Saturday and will take it again Friday. I enjoy the time either talking to my daughter or being able to read or catch up on a podcast.

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    • Hey, Jen. Is the TRE a new one like this Trinity Metro? Bob and I went on the TRE with friends to eat in the West End quite a few years ago. It’s just a fun thing to do. Sure beats the traffic on I 30. Thanks for stopping by.:)

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    • Hey, Vicki. Wow. Those are impressive train rides. Yes,I liked how easy I could read or work on my lap top. I didn’t on this trip, but it would’ve been easy. Well, and of course, looking at the scenery. I bet you had great scenery on your trips. Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

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  3. This is such a wonderful idea especially going somewhere for a weekend once a month. I will suggest this to Bill over dinner tonight. The train ride sounds perfect.

    We are away right now for a few days. We’ve been wanting to visit a city where we lived for 7 years on the Mississippi River. The weather was never conducive. We finally decided to just go.

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    • Hey, Susan. It seems to me y’all travel quite a bit more than we do. Of course, it helps that Bill is retired now. Bob probably isn’t going to do that, so I’m excited about doing shorter trips. Speaking of weather…almost anyplace south of where y’all are would seem to be an improvement. 🙂 You’ve had tons of snow. Safe travels and thanks for stopping by.:)

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  4. That sounds like a great trip, Marsha. I love the boots! They’re fabulous!!
    I love the idea of having a weekend away together once a month.
    Taking the train is quite common in the UK. My husband gets the train to work every day, and I much prefer getting the train to driving. The roads in our old towns and cities were never meant for cars, and I really dislike sitting in traffic jams. On a train you can read or knit, or when I went to London for the day last week, even do some writing. Because we do it so often, I don’t find the idea of a train trip romantic – but I’ve always thought of a road trip across America as really romantic.
    I look forward to hearing about your next trip.

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    • Hey, Helena. One of the many differences between our countries, at least in the more western sections of our country. We take cars everywhere. In the 1950s, President Dwight D. Eisenhower started our massive road projects. They’ve continued to this day with constant updates and revisions (much like a book :)). Traveling by train is common in the East, but not so much out here in the wide open spaces. Our population isn’t as dense as other areas. I’m excited to see public transportation by rail beginning to catch on here. Welcome you to check out Texas if you ever do a road trip across the country. It would take a while. We were staying in a B & B nearby and met people from France doing just that. So it’s definitely a possibility. 🙂 I’m awaiting the arrival of your most recent book. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by.

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