On The Road With Fastfreta...Texas

Texas

Well here I am in Fort Worth, Texas. Dorothy, another friend of over 35 years, met me at the Depot. Another very hot stop, (104 degrees and above). I don't mind though, I'm just happy to be here.

The train ride took two nights, and one day, and, was again fine, except, as before, my sleeping arrangement. I don't know if I've explained how this works. If you don't get a sleeping cabinet,(too costly for me), you sleep at your seat. The problem with that is, there are two seats side by side, and there's no arm rest, or any kind of divider between the two passengers, and unless you're related that can be a little awkward. Turning over and looking into the face of my seatmate, I told her, the last time I turned over to look into the face of someone this close, it was my husband, so you see how close we were to each other. LOL! Needless to say I couldn't sleep for two nights. Oh, I dozed and nodded from time to time in the Observation Car. So I guess you can say I did sleep a little. Again that was my only complaint. I enjoyed meeting and talking to new people. I brought along my "Samsung Galaxy Tab", and played "Words with Friends, and Word Feud with various opponents, and my daughter. Being a reader, I did that too. So you see I was not bored.

Some one asked me to explain the Tablet. Well I found it to be very useful. I've downloaded two entire books, but I've not taken the time to read them. I check and read my email daily, I play games with total strangers, oops, I said I don't meet strangers, well in this case I do. As long as they don't talk to me I'm okay, for some reason that kind of freaks me out. I've also downloaded several of my favorite old songs, for free, and listen to those on the road when time allows. Oh yes I've also made several videos of my time on the road, and if I can figure this thing out I'll include some of those along the way. So you see these tablets can be real handy. Oh yes, and I just found out how to use the HotSpot feature, so when I embark on my next leg I'll be able to do more.

Friday

So I arrive in Fort Worth, Texas at about 2:30 pm, and Dorothy has my entire stop over planned, (how exciting). Friday, Dorothy, myself, and about eight of her, and now my closest friends went out to eat. Oh say, have I ever explained, I never meet a stranger? I make friends with most people I meet, or at least acquaintances. Anyway we spent the evening at what is called the Stock Yards, eating and enjoying the scenery. The scenery included the Water Gardens, (pictures enclosed). My new close friends are, Lisa, Sallie, Rose, Nefi, Armentia, Hollis, Dorothy, and Nimmi.

This Fort Worth night was 98 degrees, but for some reason it didn't seem as hot, with friends laughing and talking. Friday night I fell into bed and slept like a log, thank goodness.

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Me at the Water Gardens

Saturday

Saturday, I met for the first time since she's been an adult Dorothy's lovely daughter, Reyna and her beautiful family. Then we went to another daughter's (Evelyn) to have lunch, we included, Dorothy, Lasharlotte, BD, Rose, Tricia, and Me, for a very delicious lunch. Pictures enclosed.

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Tricia and Me

Sunday

After a very uplifting spiritual meeting. I was treated to dinner at PF Chang's, by Dorothy and friends, which included a very beautiful 94 year old young lady. I tell you if I can be half as alert at 94, should I reach that age, it will be a blessing. An early bedtime, because Monday is departure date for Oklahoma, also brunch at another one of Dorothy's daughters, (Tricia), house.

Monday

Departure day, but first brunch at Tricia's. Brunch consisted of a very tasty homemade dip, (oops I forgot what kind it was), but it was good, anyway, there was also a very mild champagne drink. The reason I'm forgetting is because I'm writing this days after I left Texas, sorry about that. However, Tricia was not only very hospitable, but she was loads of fun. See pics!

Oh, on this day I caught up with another long time friend, Sheena, from California, she delivered me safely to the train, and stayed with me until my train left. We had a very brief, but encouraging visit. By the way I'll see Dorothy on my way to Atlanta, it's because of the way Amtrak routed me. To get to Atlanta, I must go from Oklahoma back to Fort Worth, on to Chicago, then to Washington D.C, ending in Atlanta, more about that later. Anyway I had to leave a piece of luggage with Dorothy, because I could not take it on the Oklahoma leg, because the trip between Fort Worth and Oklahoma was so short, (only 5 hours), you could only carry your luggage on the train with you, no checked luggage, and they allowed only two pieces, in addition to your back pack, laptop, and purse.

Very short, uneventful trip to Oklahoma.

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Tricia and friend

Stay Tuned

Well, I'm actually in Oklahoma writing this, days after my arrival, so I must publish this now. But I'm already in the midst of my Oklahoma article, so I'll try to get that done by the first day on the trip to Atlanta. You see I'm having so much fun I can't sit still long enough to write. So please stay tuned, I won't take so long to publish the Oklahoma leg. So long for now.

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Comments 17 comments

Dj 5 years ago

I'm so happy for you. You have to be happy within yourself because you are living a dream. Keep up posted!!!


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penlady 5 years ago from Sacramento, CA

I'm glad that you are enjoying yourself. It's good to hear from you! Interesting hub.


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dallas93444 5 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

No matter where you go, there you are: the same wonderful person! Thanks for sharing!


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fastfreta 5 years ago from Southern California Author

Thank you all so much. Yes Dj, I am happy.

Thanks penlady, please come back for updates.

You're too kind dallas93444, thanks for stopping.

Thank you all for stopping, please stay tuned for updates.


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Chatkath 5 years ago from California

What fun Freda, looks like you are having a great time! So good to see you and thank you for sharing!


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justom 5 years ago from 41042

Great update Freta. looking forward to the next! Have fun!! Peace!! Tom


fastfreta 5 years ago

Thanks Chatkath and Tom, I really am having fun. As I write this I'm leaving Fort Worth for Chicago. I will publish my account of my stay in Oklahoma soon. Thank you both for stopping, stay tuned.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS

Golly, gee. I live in Dallas! Wish I'd known you'd be so close! It's only 35 or so miles between Dallas and F.W.! Anyway, it certainly sounds like you got to see a lot of old and new friends and many of the local sights. I'll bet the 'dip' was guacamole and the mild champagne breakfast beverage was a mimosa (made with champagne and orange juice). You were brave traveling to Texas in mid-summer though, especially coming from California, where it's usually coolish and comfortable. As you say, though, the company and fun together made it all good! Thanks for sharing this with us!


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Hello, hello, 5 years ago from London, UK

Your such a wonderful person, one can only admire you the way you handle everything. Keep well and take care.

Thank you for sharing.


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fastfreta 5 years ago from Southern California Author

Sorry about that Nellieanna, actually I was in Dallas, Allen and another city that began with an A, that was close by Dallas. My memory is failing me now, because I've been in so many places and have seen so many people. I did not know it was that hot. As a matter of fact I had just left Phoenix, where it reached 116 one day, and hovered between 106 and 112. So even though I was told it was really hot, I didn't believe anything could have been as bad, however when I got to Fort Worth I changed my tune. When it gets over a hundred it feels the same no matter what the temp is. Well enough of that chatter, thank you Nellianna for stopping by and obviously reading my hub. Please keep up with me. I'm almost finished with Oklahoma. Actually I presently in D.C awaiting my train to Atlanta.

Hello, hello, you're too kind, thank you so much for stopping and taking the time to read my hub. Please keep in touch and follow me on my journey.

Thank you both for stopping and leaving a comment, hope to see you again soon.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS

Fastfreta -that other "A" city may have been Addison. It's in Dallas County, so close to Dallas, as you described. You'd probably remember Arlington and, anyway, it's larger and about half-way between Dallas and Ft. Worth.

I lived in Tempe (part of Phoenix) a year. It was very hot, temperature-wise. But the humidly was extremely low and that makes a tremendous difference. One never goes out there without plenty of drinking water!

But 90s with humidity "feel" as hot as 100s without it and the intensity of the higher temperatures is enhanced as more humidity is added. One thing about "dry" heat is that it really cools off at night. The dry air just does't hold the heat when the sun is down. Now, here in Dallas it is remaining in the 90s at night and feels every bit of it and more.

But you survived it, obviously and it did sound like you had a really great group of hosts!

Hope you enjoy the rest of your trip! I look forward to reading more about it.


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fastfreta 5 years ago from Southern California Author

You're right it was Addison. Yes dry heat is more tolerable than humidity. I can't believe how well received I was, actually I can, because I knew all of these ladies. Well I'm finally in Atlanta, I will be writing about my three days to Atlanta soon. Thanks again Nellieana.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS

Thumbs up! Looking forward to reading all about it!


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Megan Coxe 5 years ago from somewhere between here and there

What an amazing journey. Very inspiring (and I´m always happy to read that someone had a good time in Texas)! I´ll be following this amazing trip!


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fastfreta 5 years ago from Southern California Author

Thank you very much Megan, for your encouragement. Please continue to keep up with me.


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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

Sounds like a lot of fun! I love the "Mazel" shirt your friend was wearing.. I know exactly where that came from.. I'm a Real Housewives fanatic! Can you believe I've lived in TX pretty much all my life (spent alot of time in OK as well as my granmda lives there) and I have never once been to the Ft. Worth Stock Yards?! I've heard about it but never been. Thank you for another great hub :)


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fastfreta 4 years ago from Southern California Author

Thanks Jamie, it was a lot of fun, I'm looking forward to doing it again.

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