Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Weekend Trip – Across the Metroplex

It is not uncommon for people to refer to Dallas as The Metroplex or DFW, where Dallas and Ft. Worth are smushed together as if they are one city, as if the D can not be separated from the FW. Downtown to downtown, it's about an hour drive, and while the cities are relatively close to each other, they are like siblings who are nothing alike.

Our second escapade in ChellBell's Not Bummer Summer entailed a trip across the Metroplex via the Trinity Railway Express (TRE) and an afternoon at Ft. Worth's world-class zoo. Here are the highlights:

All aboard!
The TRE train runs between Dallas and Ft. Worth, and though it added a few minutes to our trip, it was a really fun, comfortable ride

The girls started off so well-behaved...

But then things started to get a little crazy!

We finally arrived at the zoo, which is actually one of the top 5 zoos in the country

Greeted by this pink beauty

Who began to show off his yoga moves

I couldn't keep up with this pose, so we moved on

And ran into this dinosaur (we heard a lady say, "Is this real, or is it counterfeit?")

This one definitely is not counterfeit

This one needs to get a plastic surgeon and a good dental plan

The highlight of the day was the bird aviary

Although the Dads lacked enthusiasm

As did the zebra

The rhino was a big ham, posing all different ways for us

But the real stars of the day were the Meerkats - we could have watched them for hours!

This baby giraffe was a little shy

But the penguins put on a show

While the big cats just lounged in the heat

It was time to head back to the D side of the Metroplex

And we all felt a little worn out

Blissfully exhausted from an exciting adventure!


  1. That train and zoo looks like a ton of fun!

  2. 35 thrill points, and tons of fun!!!

  3. What a fun family outting! And how cool that you have such an awesome zoo. I don't know the stats, but I'm pretty sure our Zoo here is one of the bottom 5 zoos in the country! It is so lame, so I am jealous of people with good zoos!

    Glad you and your beautiful family all had such a good time!

  4. Um, the previous comment was from me...I totally forgot to log out of my husband's profile! Sorry, and don't get creeped out!

  5. At the Seattle Zoo we got to feed the birds seed from a popsicle stick. That was three years ago but Wesley still remembers it.

    My kids would love the train and the zoo.

  6. That looks like so much fun. Trey would have loved to ride the train to the zoo.
    Your animal photos were amazing, love the turtle.
    We just got back from a zoo today and I totally feel like your little one.
    Have a great weekend!

  7. I never thought about taking the train to the zoo. Great idea!