As we drive towards Tucson, we’re mesmerized by the beauty around us. Mountains surround us, and the view is breathtaking.
One of my fellow Putty Tribe members had recommended we check out the McDonald Observatory in Texas, where you can go to a “Star Party” and look through their giant telescopes. I read some more about it, and it sounded like a really neat thing to do, both for us as well as for the kids.
The trail is steep, but the views are worth it.
The little kitten is shy at first, but we patiently wait for him to come to us.
The town is small and the streets are narrow, but we soon arrive at the main attraction, and it makes the stop worth it.
The small tree stands in full bloom, or so it seems. The beautiful small flowers are actually leaves, but they bring a smile to my face all the same. This tree seems out of place in this vast land, but it’s one of many interesting plants we see along the way.
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.
My S/I joint is sore, there’s sand between my toes and under my toenails, the arches of my feet ache…. and I’m happy.
The line is long, but the wait is worth it. The Iron Rattler is a big roller coaster and has a great drop, and K-girl and G-boy are both tall enough to ride it. K-girl loves it (and I do too, of course—if you’ve been reading the blog for a while, you probably already know I love most roller coasters).
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.