Tonto National Forest, Arizona

She runs along the path, and my heart races. The trail is beautiful, but it’s challenging. And if you’re not careful, you’ll end up rolling down a hill… into cacti. We remind her not to run, and she listens for a while, but the joy of the desert has got a hold of her, and she finds it hard to contain her happiness. Even with my heart in my throat,  I can’t help but feel my heart bursting with love for this little girl, whose joy is unmistakable as she skips down the trail at Tonto National Forest.

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Garner State Park: Mountains, Rivers, and Great Views

A family hike at Garner State Park

As we walk up the paved path, K-girl complains that she doesn’t want to go for a hike. Personally, I’m feeling like this isn’t hiking… it’s a paved road for walking on.

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Meridian State Park

If you were  going to spend several months in a single US state to see as many natural areas as possible, Texas might be arguably the best place to go. We have been enjoying the natural beauty of Texas. Dinosaur Valley was a treat for parents and kids alike, and Meridian State Park was no different.

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