Gentle Ben and I ride DART rail frequently: to the movies, to restaurants, to museums and special events in downtown Dallas, to the State Fair. Yesterday, we rode the Red Line to the Green LIne just for the the fun of riding the Green Line on its first full day of operation. Trains were crowded: there was standing room only, and not much of THAT.
Hats and antlers were the order of the day for those attending the Christmas Parade downtown.
We roamed around Fair Park for awhile, early in the day. Admission was FREE to all the museums at Fair Park, including our favorite.
Rather than eat corny dogs from one of the vendors at Fair Park, we reboarded the Green Line, heading north for a good lunch. We love the lotus blossoms at the Royal Lane station. In Buddhism,
The lotus is one of the most poignant representations of Buddhist teaching.
The roots of a lotus are in the mud, the stem grows up through the water, and the heavily scented flower lies pristinely above the water, basking in the sunlight. This pattern of growth signifies the progress of the soul from the primeval mud of materialism, through the waters of experience, and into the bright sunshine of enlightenment.
Though there are other water plants that bloom above the water, it is only the lotus which, owing to the strength of its stem, regularly rises eight to twelve inches above the surface.
One of our favorite Asian restaurants, Korea House, is a 5-minute walk from the station.
Beer and a Bento Box. Life is good.
Steamed rice, BBQ chicken and Bulkogi, roasted potatoes, broccoli, California roll and rice noodles.
After a leisurely lunch, we took the Green Line back to West End and connected to the Red Line to get back to Westmoreland Station.
Total cost for transportation for two people: $4.00. We each bought a DART Day Pass for Geezers, commonly referred to as the Reduced Fare All-Day Pass.