Austin

McKinney Falls State Park was busy, but that is probably because it feels secluded, yet is actually close to Austin. Located on the Onion Creek, McKinney Falls State Park has an upper and lower falls both of which have great swimming holes. It was too cold for us to swim …

Winter in the Gulf Coast

Padre Island National Seashore is 60 miles of beach on one side and bay on the other.  It is located in the Gulf Coast between Corpus Christi and Brownsville in south Texas.  There are many amazing things about this beautiful place, and I am grateful that we got to experience …

San Antonio

No trip to San Antonio would be complete without seeing the River Walk and the Alamo. Although we had already visited both when we lived here before, we still wanted to take the kids to see them. Since it was December, the River Walk was decked out for Christmas and …

Big Bend

Texas is big.  I mean really big.  So it is only fitting that it’s national park has big right in the name.  We headed south to Big Bend after spending a few days in the Guadalupe Mountains.  We took our time getting down  to the park.  We spent a couple …

Carlsbad and the Guadalupe Mountains

Well New Mexico redeemed itself with the awesome cave system at Carlsbad. There is an elevator that goes seven hundred and fifty feet down into the caves. We started with the good old fashion hike into the cave instead of taking the elevator. As we descended into the huge opening …