Blown Away at Monahans Sandhills State Park, Texas

If I were going to sum up West Texas in two words, those words would be “dirt” and “wind.”  In far West Texas, there are several beautiful exceptions, but most of it is a lot of dirt and wind. Not Monahans Sandhills State Park. It is sand and wind. That’s James and I while I […]

Adventures in Cabin Camping at Green Valley State Park, Iowa

Growing up in Texas, lakes are a bit of an abstract thought. Sure, they exist, but there aren’t a ton of them and not everyone enjoys them. Who wants to sit out at a lake and fend off mosquitoes when it is 110? There are a few people with boats that hang out at the […]

Battleship Texas State Historical Site in Houston

Texas is sometimes known as the Land of Contrasts. It is so big, and contains so many different experiences for the visitor. Not only are the regions and cities starkly different, but also the state park sites. Sure, Texas has the more traditional lake and nature sites that you’d expect in a state park. It […]

Yes, Texas Has Beaches! Playing in the Sand at Galveston Island State Park

Texas is usually known for barbecue, longhorn cows and western wear.  Even though Texas has a long coastline, I don’t think people think a lot about the coastal region.  People fly to California, Florida and Hawaii for the beaches, right?  Not Texas! There are several great beaches in Texas where the Gulf of Mexico crashes onto […]

Kissing Texas Longhorns at Copper Breaks State Park

I was afraid we’d miss seeing the Texas Longhorn at Copper Breaks.  They only have a ranger showing a few times a month on Saturdays, and we were late leaving Amarillo that morning.  Copper Breaks is located just outside of the town of Quanah,Texas otherwise known as “that town halfway between Fort Worth and Amarillo” […]