Busy town!

Trip Start Apr 04, 2011
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Trip End Jun 14, 2011


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Saturday, April 16, 2011

We found that there was much to see and do in the Stockyards of Ft. Worth, and we enjoyed a day of becoming a cowboy and cowgirl! Looking to see some native residents of the city we wandered around the back of the livestock building and found ourselves face to face with a variety of horses, sheep, goats, and some very large longhorn cattle. We might have wandered a little too far because we nearly got run over by a couple of horses making their way back from the auction area to the holding pens. The cattle are so huge in person, and their horns can be up to six feet from tip to tip!
Following our livestock adventures, we spent a little time wandering from shop to shop, admiring belt buckles that would weigh down any small man who tried to wear them and boots in every color and style. I picked up a black cowboy hat for our concert the next day and Della found herself the perfect pair of boots (she looks good as a cowgirl!) For all of you Chuck Norris fans out there, we even got to step into CJ's Saloon from Walker, Texas Ranger. In real life it is the White Elephant Saloon and is located right across from the coliseum where weekly rodeos are held.
Our afternoon wrapped up with a cattle drive down the main street, complete with cowboys on horseback and longhorns that would even stop and pose for pictures (as I found myself face to face with one only 5 feet away) If they look big behind a fence, they look even bigger when there is nothing but a few feet of air between you!
After a trip back to the campsite for dinner we returned to the Stockyards for a much anticipated western adventure to Billy Bob's Texas, the world's largest honky tonk. So large in fact that we saw live music on two different stages, bought drinks at three different bars, and even watched live bull riding! We heard about this place from so many different people and so many different travel guides and it was well worth the trip into town!
The next day, before we went to the concert we headed back into Fort Worth for the annual Main Street Arts Festival. It was literally one of the biggest art fairs that we have ever seen, it stretched over 10 blocks long and filled parking lots with performance stages and art auctions. There was everything from jewelery to photography to sculptures at least 15 feet tall and thousands of pounds. Country music played on one stage while Chinese acrobats wowed the crowd on another.
And now, on to Kenny Chesney!
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Mary Killeen Comstock on

Who wore the world's largest belt buckle? Paul Bunyan? Pecos Bill?

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