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Sunday, August 5, 2012

All aboard to stress freedom, Part 3

Forest Park Railroad
A week ago, we'd just boarded the Amtrak Heartland Flyer in Fort Worth and settled in for a five and a half hour trip back to Oklahoma City...no hassle, no traffic, no heat, and no hurry.
Two story sculpture for Booker T. Washington
We left behind Fort Worth's great museums--including the Modern Art Museum , which has an entrance fee, and the downtown Sid Richardson museum of Russells and Remingtons, and no fee. Amon Carter and Kimbell out near the Modern Art Museum, don't have fees either, but we didn't visit them. There are other museums, but you could make an entire trip just out of them, and we weren't in a hurry or on a schedule. We enjoyed the flights of fancy and imagination in the Modern museum, and had a great lunch there as well.
Trying to get the ladder in the picture
To me, Fort Worth's architecture is also art, including the Bass Performance Hall downtown, a two story Barnes and Noble with a two story statue of a bronc rider in it, the historic Hilton hotel (the former Texas Hotel), lots of art deco buildings, the front of the Fort Worth Star Telegram, and even the Forest Park Railroad. If we'd had time and it wasn't so hot, we'd have probably visited the scenic and refreshing Botanic Gardens, just across the road from the train.
The last evening was spent after dinner at the cool basement Skat jazz lab, right on Sundance Square, with some great live music.
Riding the little train was a highlight of fun and no hurry, about 30 minutes for $3.00, acting and feeling like kids.
Bass Performance Hall

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By the time we pulled into Oklahoma City, refreshed by Roy Kelsey's liquid refreshment, we got to see the lighted scissor tail sculpture spanning the new crosstown Interstate for the first time at night.

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