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.
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.
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.
After shopping all over we stopped for lunch at Farina’s Winery & Café. Grapevine has lots of wineries. The café had a great chandelier.
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?
Can you find things like these boots other places?
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.
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.
March 30 Book Signing in Bryan, Texas, a Texas Authors sponsored event.