Based on recommendations from friends, Fort Worth was an interesting city to visit. As a neighbor to Dallas, it is in the top 20 as one of the most populated cities in the country. Dallas makes the top 10, along with San Antonio (#7). Houston makes the top 5. The Stockyards represent a piece of history in cattle ranching but is open today for rodeos and other modes of entertainment. This street, although only a block long, has a hotel, restaurants, colosseum for the rodeo and shows, and other old Western format businesses. Of course, nothing was open on Christmas besides the rodeo and the parking lots. Normally the town is bustling with tourists looking for an alternative experience. Of the rodeo, one of the more entertaining yet cruel attractions was the run in which maybe a hundred children were unleashed in the arena to chase a baby lamb. The first one to tag it would win a prize. Think about that for a second. For the better or for the worse, no Rocky Mountain oysters were served that day (bull testicles, usually deep fried, in the Midwest). The botanical gardens were also a great find. Although during the winter, most of the colorful plants have withered, the free park makes it a good value. Many of the sections were undergoing renovation but when complete, it seems like a huge area where one can spend a good amount of time. In the other months, the flowers are in better condition. On the way, we stopped by the Dr. Pepper Museum in Waco, TX which seemed to lack appeal despite having an interesting history of how a pharmacist founded this beverage. The museum was located in a manufacturing part of town from earlier last century. Traffic was light and some of the buildings are still being used today.