Texas Garden Sunset II

After the hail storm we had coming through the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex last night, it is nice to see this beautiful sunset this evening. We were lucky, the hail was small compared to what came down in a couple of cities south of us. They had baseball-sized ice rocks coming down from the sky. Not even to mention, the damage this hail was producing. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I checked both gardens. Our home garden looked like nothing even happened. The trees probably took the hit for it. In the Community Garden some of the taller plants hung down a little bit. They will recover from the storm. On a good note, the last few nights, we had thunderstorms rolling through. We needed the precious rain water.

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This year’s garden in the beautiful Texas sunset

Planning A Trip To Utah’s National Parks

Today, I spent most of the day doing some online research for our Summer vacation. This one is a little bit of both: planned and spontaneous. Kevin and I decided to take the kids to a few Utah National Parks, last weekend. When Kevin came home, we debated and planned a little more. And while Kevin booked a cabin, I went outside to capture some photos of this evening’s sunset. My brain began to hurt a little. And the best way to relax is to watch the Sun setting. Now, we are all excited and look forward to hike some trails at the canyons of Utah.ย ๐ŸŒ„

Relaxing Monday Evening

Kevin was bringing home Chinese Food for dinner. I had some chores to do around the house, didn’t feel like cooking and had the taste for Chinese cuisine, tonight. After we ate, the girls had to clean up the dishes, and sweep the floors.

In the meantime, Kevin and I could talk over a beer on the deck in the backyard. We watched Mrs. Rabbit nibbling on fresh green dandelion leaves; a hummingbird came over and looked for some delicious nectar; and we enjoyed a beautiful sunset, before we went back inside to see how far the girls came along with their chores. Katelynn and Sara were done and could go to have fun. Katelynn decided to draw another dinosaur, while Sara rode her bike to a friends house. Sometimes it is nice, when the house is quiet. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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The sun will set soon behind our Bradford Pear trees.

April Cotton Clouds

While the neighboring cities dealt with nasty storms and hail, we’ve got only a few drops and a spectacular view of those stormy cotton clouds. The clouds were so bright, I had to put my shutter speed and aperture settings much higher than usual to get all the shades and forms of this beautiful cloudscape.

Camping At Lake Ouachita State Park, Arkansas

March 11 – 12, 2018

Kevin and I were making plans to go camping on Spring Break, a couple of weeks ago. We didn’t want to go too far, which means in Texas “slang”: up to six hours distance is okay; but no 18 – 20 hour one way trip. Kevin mentioned Arkansas and Oklahoma as a destination. Well, we’ve been in Oklahoma quite often in recent years. And so I looked for a good camping spot in Arkansas. After a little discussion, we decided we would go to Lake Ouachita State Park.

Everything was prepared and packed for Sunday morning. Around 10:30 a.m. we left home and drove toward Texarkana. Before we arrived at the border, we made a short stop to refresh. Sara wanted her sandwich, I prepared at home in the morning. And we all got hungry a little bit, after she mentioned it.

In Arkansas, we stopped at the first Rest Area/Tourist Center on Interstate 30. I wanted to get more brochure of the State Park. While we were on our way, I had the chance to read a little bit more into it.Around 4 p.m. we arrived in the park. Kevin stopped at the Visitor Center to check us in, before we went to our campground. It was a nice Walk-In Campground with one dozen tent spaces. What I liked about the camping area, there was a pre-made square gravelled area for the tent to sit on it. It could fit one big tent or two to four small tents. The area was very clean. And I was happy to find clean toilets/shower rooms.

The wind was something else. It took Kevin, the girls and I quite a bit of strength to keep the tent up. Luckily, we found some big stones to put inside the tent corners. And Kevin tight twoย  corners to the nearby trees. Once the bedding was in the tent, we were settled. I warmed up some beef, potatoes and corn, which I cooked the night before. The wind was cooling the temperatures quickly. And the meal hit it spot on. After dinner, the girls roasted each a couple of marshmallows. They skipped some stones over the water’s surface, before the sun set.ย We went to bed early that night. The wind was just too strong and cool. It was no fun staying out.

The following morning, we kept our stay short. Unfortunately, I didn’t feel well and wanted to go see my bed at home. I wish, we could have seen a lot more.ย  It was cool, but the wind had died out on Monday morning. For a five hour drive one way, it was extremely short. We have to go back there another time, when it is warmer. On a good note, we didn’t have to deal with mosquitoes at this time of the year.