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Trip Report Ft Worth TX spring break

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We decided on Ft. Worth because it is an easy drive (4.5 hours) from home and we have a toddler who doesn't like long stretches tied down to her car seat. We were planning on arriving Ft.Worth about 1pm but it turned out to be closer to 3pm. We spent lots of time sitting on 635 in Dallas, then we managed to get stuck behind somebody's furniture that fell out of their truck on Loop 12, then the rest of the time was sitting on I-30 waiting to exit on University Drive. Our plan was to visit the zoo for a couple of hours and then go check into our hotel. As we creeped nearer the zoo we saw big traffic signs that said "Zoo Parking is full." We grumbled and then had to get ourselves turned around to try and find our hotel. Unfortunately we had picked a hotel that was close to the zoo, so we had to navigate back through the traffic once again. Once we reached the street that we were suppose to turn left on we notice that Ft. Worth Police had it blocked off to manage traffic. We continued ahead and got ourselves turned around again so we could make a right hand turn onto Vickery st.
We had reservations at a Springhill Suites by Marriott. The hotel was very clean and had a friendly staff. The one downside is that the shops and restaurants that aren't very far away were not very walkable from this location. We tried to get over their with the stroller but we determined it was not worth the risk of being run over. So we headed back to the room again. We stayed in the room for awhile and decided to watch the local news. One of the top stories was about the traffic back up on I-30 and what a huge success the 1/2 price day at the zoo was. It seems that the zoo broke all attendance records that day with 19,000+ guests. I had no idea about the discounted rate at the zoo.
It was nearing dinner time and the traffic around the hotel is still horrible so we decide that we have no option but to walk to a Mexican restaurant that is across the street. It was named Pulido's after the street it was on. The food was edible, but I wouldn't go back again. I ordered a salad that came with a very liquidy tangy jalapeno dressing. Somehow i managed to get a fine droplet in my eye when I had taken a bite. The stinging and watering happened immediately. I sat there with one eyed closed and tried to finish my food, but gave up shortly and was ready to leave. My daughter was more than ready to leave too. She was not excited about being tied back into a chair again and was making it publicy known.
We are back at the hotel again and notice that traffic was letting up, so we decided to drive on down to the Botanical Gardens. It is a very beautiful, well-done park. We were hoping to visit the Japanese Gardens but it closed at 7pm and we missed it. We very much enjoyed walking the pathways and the wisteria was in full bloom. Our daughter had a good time burning off energy and we were glad to be out finally enjoying something.
We ended up the evening at Toys R US picking out a gift for the little one as she turned 2 the next day. We wondered the aisles overwhelmed with choices. I'm just glad we didn't end up with the Elmo toy that she had first laid eyes on. Whew!!
I will finish the report when I return back to my computer.

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