Thursday, October 10, 2013
Another ballpark visit
Traveling straight through, from Holly Springs to Arlington, Texas, and then making the return trip, too, a couple of days later can be a bit challenging.
We did it on a Thursday evening/night and then on a Sunday morning/afternoon. As I prefer, I did the bulk of the driving, and it took me a few days to recover.
It took us about nine hours and 15 minutes one way – of course, making rest and food stops along the way.
We hit a snag on the trip to Arlington – thanks to Interstate 40 going down to one lane due to construction near Forrest City, Ark.
It delayed us about 20 minutes. It wasn’t as congested on the way home.
As I wrote about last week, we enjoyed visiting Mission Arlington, seeing where our daughter is working for the next year.
But we also enjoyed some other things, too, like going to the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington for a baseball game between Texas and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (I still call them the California Angels).
The beautiful baseball-only facility opened in 1994. It’s one of the best ballparks in the major leagues, no doubt. And I was excited about my first trip there.
I can add it to my list – having been to ballparks in Denver, Atlanta, St. Louis, Milwaukee and Chicago. Maybe a new one will be added to my “bucket list” for next season.
Our seats were in right field. We purchased them there for a couple reasons – good prices and in hopes of catching a home run ball.
We didn’t come close to getting a home run ball, but the seats were great – about 12 rows up.
Thank goodness, Texas was battling for a wildcard playoff spot and the atmosphere was electrifying. And the Rangers won.
We were particularly interested in watching Mississippi’s own Mitch Moreland, who plays first base for the Rangers. He played at Amory High School and then Mississippi State.
Erin bought a souvenir shirt – with Moreland’s number and name on the back.
And, of course, you can’t go to a baseball game without enjoying the food, and there’s plenty of variety at the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. We tried loaded chips from The Chipper, cotton candy, and I capped the evening off with a hot dog.
Parking (thanks to the advice of one of Emma's friends) and getting to and from the ballpark was the easiest I’ve ever experienced at a major sports facility.
We enjoyed some other good food on our road trip, too. It started on our way to Texas, when we stopped in Benton, Arkansas, at Brown’s Country Store & Restaurant, home of the 100-foot buffet. As usual, I wasn’t really looking to eat that much food, but as usual, I ate it anyway. There’s over 100 feet of country-lovin’ food on the buffet.
Saturday, for lunch, Emma guided us to J. Gilligan’s Bar and Grill, not far from Mission Arlington. The local establishment is famous for its burgers and its Irish nachos.
I experienced some of both, and neither was disappointing.
There’s lots to do in the Dallas/Arlington area. On this quick trip, we just couldn’t do everything we wanted.
But we’re hoping to make it back, possibly in March of next year, or sooner.
I think Six Flags is on Erin’s “bucket list.”
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