We stopped to gas up in one of those little Texas towns, but did not make another stop other than for quick restroom breaks. We had a late lunch just outside of Wichita Falls at a Cracker Barrel, then continued on into the Fort Worth-Dallas metro area. We arrived just at the start of rush hour, and encountered quite a bit of traffic.
Soon, we arrived at our Sleep Inn in Arlington, TX. We were located right across from Six Flags Over Texas, and one of the roller coasters ran past the hotel parking lot. From our room, we could also see the Dallas Cowboys immense domed stadium, and the Texas Rangers ballpark. We cleaned up, then headed back out, deciding to walk over to the amusement park.
We arrived just as it began raining, which, unfortunately, because there was lightning, shut down every ride in the park. Our plan had been to grab dinner first, but because all of the rides were stopped, every guest seemed to have the same idea.
I'll interject here one of my pet peeves regarding Six Flags parks. I hate to make a generalization, but cleanliness is not their strong suit. Neither is the food. My daughter and I have visited many amusement parks over the years, and I guess we're just spoiled. Busch Gardens, in particular, is the nicest, cleanest park in the USA, by far, in my opinion, and they have excellent food at all of their eateries. Six Flags, on the other hand, has mass-produced, very bland tasting meals that are, frankly, poorly prepared. Finding a clean table is also an issue, and on this evening, I actually had to find an employee to wipe down the only free table we could find. Anyway, it wasn't a good experience.
The park was not crowded, at least initially, so we were able to walk on to many rides. One favorite was Runaway Mountain, an indoor coaster. It was nice and cool inside the building, and we rode it twice. We rode a few more coasters, but the heat began to get unbearable, and with the increasing crowds and the drive ahead, we decided to leave the park at around lunch time. We were happy and satisfied with the experience, and left happily.
We did a quick search, and found a nearby Chick-Fil-A, the only fast food joint that we patronize regularly. It was crowded, but we ate a nice meal. We also changed clothes since we were drenched from sweat after the morning at the park. Then we were back on the road, headed towards Dallas.
Have a great day, everyone!
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