Dinosaur Valley State Park (1)

Yesterday, we originally wanted to take a trip to the Gorman Falls in the Colorado Bend State Park. The park is 60 miles west of Killeen, TX. On the way driving down there, we went through Glen Rose and saw billboards and signs of the Dinosaur Valley State Park. We made a quick decision, and visited the dinosaur park instead. It was a cool day, but perfect for taking a hike with the kids. The wind was more a breeze. So, it was pretty nice out.

When we arrived we sat down and looked at the map, which we got from the State Park office. Since we didn’t plan to go to this park, we had to rethink and re-organize a little bit. After a short look at the map, we decided to hike along the river and walk a portion on the Paluxy River Nature Trail. Sara and I were feeling a little bit under the weather. Therefore we took it easy, yesterday. I think the Full Moon had a part in it. 😉

The shoreline of the river is sandy, and Sara always wanted to build a sand castle. It took a little bit to talk her out of it, so we could actually hike along the river. A little bit south from where we started, there are some dinosaur footprints in the river bed. But if we wanted to go there, we had to cross the river. We decided against it this time. Kevin and I were talking about camping in this park in the near future, when it is warmer. And then it will be fun getting the shoes of and walking through the river barefoot.

Katelynn found a spot with a lot of pebbles at the shore. Kevin and her looked for nice flat stones to skip across the surface of the water. In the meantime, I had to remind Sara that this is a state park. And we have to leave all these nice pebbles and shells on the ground for others to see and enjoy in the future. She wasn’t very happy about the fact, that she could not take one shell with her. I promised her we’ll to go to Lewisville Lake to collect some there.

As we walked on the Paluxy Nature Trail, we saw a squirrel running up and down the tree to get some padding for the nest, and a male Northern Cardinal sang his heart out in the pine tree nearby. We also saw some wildflowers, like Summer Phlox, Purple Milk Vetch and Indian Paint Brush. Sara enjoyed sitting on Kevin’s shoulder and to see, if she can reach the tree branches above her.

Overall, we spent a couple of hours in the park. We really enjoyed hiking along the Paluxy River. And since it is approximately only an hour and a half away from our house, we definitely will go back to visit again. We also consider to camp in this park. On our hike we “stumbled” across a camping area. It looked very nice and clean. And the campers seemed to enjoy being in this park. They were happy and friendly as well.