Sunday, January 15, 2012

I am an unintentional but successful art thief.

Hi, my name is Rebecca Carlisle. And I steal art. Not on purpose of course. I'm sure a similar situation has happened to all of us. You know, the situation where you are holding something and forget about it and later find you are still holding onto this item even though you shouldn't be. Perhaps for you it was a candy bar you forgot to purchase or maybe you went home with the whole shopping basket. Maybe you went home with the hymn book from church, or perhaps even a pen from the bank. Don't worry it happens to the best of us. For me it was a beloved piece of art...from a museum.

In Fort Worth, Texas, a town just west of Dallas, Garett and I went to the Amon Carter museum. This museum has beautiful works of western art. This museum has other assorted arts such as old photography. This museum is intimidating. This museum has a person on every floor making sure you aren't breaking the rules, such as stealing the art.

An older gentleman, who works for the museum, wanted to show Garett and I some photography. I was all over this idea because I love photography but know nothing about it. He let us hold old cameras and antique 3D binocular things. He even let us hold very old photographs, some dating back to the late 1800's. After his enlightening wisdom we left the museum to wander around the cultural district, a part of Fort Worth that has many museums. After wandering around for a while I decided we needed a map. Well when I went to grab a map guess what I discovered was in my hands. Correct. An old photograph the older gentleman let me hold. Shucky-Darn!, as Garett would say. I'm surprised I got past all the watchful workers at that museum. You would think at least one of them would have saw what was in my hands and inform me I was walking away with a photograph precious to them. Embarrassed, I went back into the museum and returned the picture, which they were grateful for. And to think I could have gotten away with it.

Garett and I have had quite the adventures here in Fort Worth. We went the World's Largest Honkey Tonk, we're escorted to a parade by a drunk man, and got caught up into the trend known as "couch-surfing". All of which I well tell you about in my next post. Hang on to yer horses!

The cameras and old pictures at the museum. I was in heaven.

The themes of these posts seem to have turned into lessons Garett and I have learned along our Texas path, and it just so happens there is a lesson number three. If you remember lesson number one was taxi's are money suckers and lesson number two was watch out for con-artists. Well, my friends, lesson number three is make sure you research your hotel before booking it. Seems simple right? Well that's what I thought because I did do research on the hotel Garett and I were to stay in while in Fort Worth. But, I should have put on my detective hat and researched every last detail.

I made sure there was a bus to the hotel but apparently it only goes there early mornings and late evenings Monday-Friday. I made sure we would be able to walk to the hotel from the bus stop but apparently construction blocks that path. I made sure there was a continental breakfast but apparently they don't serve breakfast if your the only guest.

We had planned on staying there all four nights but ended up staying one night. Here's why:

Just so you know what's going on here we booked a hotel for the four nights we are in Fort Worth at a hotel pretty far north figuring we would just ride the bus everyday. Well come to find out the bus only comes early mornings and late evenings. To get to the closest bus that comes at times other than those we had to walk 2.8 miles to the bus stop. This walk consisted of crossings two fields, two fences, two parking lots, and one river. Thank goodness there is a 7-11 on the way, it kept us going.
We only stayed in that hotel one night and decided it wasn't worth it so we packed our bags and decided we would figure it out as we go. It's kinda scary packing your bag and not knowing where you're going to stay that night, but kinda exciting and I kind liked it. Garett wasn't a fan of it although it was his idea. The next night we stayed in a part of town known as "The Stockyards", a western themed part of town with fun souvenir shops, saloons, and restaurants.

Garett in the Cowboy room we stayed in.

The second night in Fort Worth we gave "Couch-Surfing" a whirl. For those of you who don't know what couch surfing is explains it like this, "CouchSurfing is your ticket to explore the world -- from the road or from your own home. Over a million members are out there waiting to learn about your culture and show you some of theirs. Eat borscht in Odessa. Watch kangaroos in Adelaide. Find the best noodles in Tokyo. Show travelers the best live music near your home, or your favorite hiking trail. Meet locals in your own city who share your interest in travel and the world."

So pretty much it's a community of people passionate about traveling who host others in their home or visa versa. I have always loved the idea of couch surfing but have always been to scared. Garett and I didn't have much of a choice and figured since both of us would be couch surfing it would be ok. I have met people who couch surf all over and host people from all over the world and have never had a bad experience. So why not right?

We stayed with Laura, a German teacher who has traveled all over the world. Her and her boyfriend showed us what southern hospitality is all about. There wasn't a bus to her house so she offered to pick us up which was a true life saver. She told us all about couch surfing and places she has been. Her and her boyfriend gave us points of interest in Fort Worth and offered to take us to the stock show with their friends. Garett and I went to the Botanical Gardens and church instead but we sure are glad to have made some friends in Fort Worth. Thanks Laura and Troy! And we took a picture with them but unfortunately I didn't realize that there wasn't a memory card in the camera:(

Well Garett and I are putting together a post about some more adventures so stay posted. Love you all!!

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