Our church hosted a carnival this past weekend. The kind with a Ferris Wheel, rides that sling you around, inflatable obstacle courses, haunted houses for scaring and state fair food like corny dogs and funnel cakes. It was a great, fun-filled weekend.
I did not ride any of the rides. Not for any particular reason – it’s just that as I’ve gotten older I have discovered that I like keeping my feet on the ground. And, oddly enough, my life still feels complete even without the thrill of a roller coaster. A couple of people encouraged me to ride the Ferris Wheel telling me how pretty the lights would be when I could see them from the top but, I opted to enjoy the sights from the ground.
Then as I drove the boys to school at Oh:DarkThirty I found myself at the top of the **High Five Interchange in Dallas. Twelve stories up I realized I was getting a pretty good glimpse of the lights displayed by North Dallas. When I exited the highway and turned back south towards their school I looked back left. Dawn was just beginning to break resulting in the first hints of orange and pink on the horizon. Against a dark backdrop it was magnificent. Then, more to my delight, as I looked south again, I could see the lights of Downtown Dallas – 11 miles away – lit up against the still mostly dark sky. I was in awe of this urban beauty I was experiencing.
Turns out – I didn’t even need a Ferris Wheel to enjoy the sights Dallas has to offer.
Since I could not safely drive and take photos I pulled these pictures of Dallas-at-night from my archives.
Eating on the rooftop at Gators in The West End in Downtown Dallas
The Omni Hotel, Dallas
Margaret Hunt Bridge at dusk
***you can read a blog I wrote about Driving in Dallas by clicking on the link.