2019, Travel/Vacation

The Wichita Mountains In April 2019 (Part II)

Coming from Rush Lake, we took a short break at the Visitor Center. And then we moved on to Quanah Parker Lake. Driving to the lake, there were lots of longhorn and bison grassing in the meadow. Some longhorn cows crossed the road. The grass must have been greener on the other side. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Some longhorn were scratching their necks against the nearby boulders. One of the animals was so close, I could almost touch it, if I was crazy enough to do so. But this Texas girl ain’t messing with a longhorn, nor a bison. That is a whole bunch of NOPE!

At the Quanah Parker Lake Dam, we saw the spillway gate was open. This was the first time, I had the chance to photograph the dam with the water flowing down into Quanah Creek. Usually when visit in September, the water levels are much lower due to the Summer’s drought. In Spring, there is plenty of rain. It will fill up the lakes. And the rest of the water goes over the spillways. Kevin, the girls and I wanted to hike the Little Baldy Trail. But something terrified Luis at the stairs leading down to the dam. I mentioned, there is another small trail right by the pier on the north side of the lake.

Arriving at the Education Center of the park, we hiked the small trail by the pier, looked at some plants and read the educational signs about flora and fauna. Katelynn found a small school of fish swimming near the shore and watched them for a little bit. Luis got really tired, and we called it a day. He was so happy being back in the car and could take a nap on the way back home to Texas. He probably was dreaming about his fluffy couch.

~ The End ~

2019, Travel/Vacation

The Wichita Mountains In April 2019 (Part I)

Yesterday, Kevin, Katelynn, Sara, Luis and I visited the Wichita Mountain National Wildlife Refuge again. The girls have a four-day weekend. And Kevin took the day off. What’s better than go on a hike on a beautiful Good Friday?! This time, we entered the park from the eastern entrance by Medicine Park. Because first we wanted to go up to Mt. Scott. But for some reason, it was closed for entering by car. We didn’t want to take the long hike up to the peak of the mountain. So we decided to move on and hike another trail. But first, we went to the Holy City. Katelynn and Sara went inside the church, before I went behind the buildings with them. Kevin stayed with Luis in the grassy area by the parking lot. Luis can get a bit excited around people. And we didn’t want to take any chances. Before getting back to Road 115, there is a field where the Prairie Dogs call this place their home. It is fun to watch them, when they bark signals to each other. They seem fine being out and about, when visitors of the park just drive by. But once, we crossed the white line, they became territorial, ran back into their burrows.

Last time we were at the refuge, we went to the Jed Johnson Lake Dam. This time, we wanted to hike and chose to go up to the tower. Katelynn, Sara and I decided to cross the little creek and walked up a “shortcut” along the lake, while Kevin and Luis went the regular trail along the creek. But therefore our trail was a little bit more rugged and some steep boulders needed to be climbed, before we made it to the tower. Kevin just walked the easier, but longer way. Luis could walk, lie in the shade or water for a bit, before he trotted behind Kevin again. Our pup is such a couch potato. ๐Ÿ˜€

Standing next to the Jed Johnson Tower, we had a nice view over the lake. In the distance, Mount Scott could easily be made out as the highest peak in the Wichita Mountain chain. There are also several stories roaming the internet about the Jed Johnson Tower and the lake being haunted. Honestly, if there is a ghost, it is definitely not ill intended. I felt no bad presents going up and around the tower at all. But I sure was drawn to it. After walking around the tower and let Luis rest in the shade for a little bit, we took the same way back which Kevin hiked up with the dog. It was an easier way down to get back to the car.

Coming from Jed Johnson Lake, we also took a short trip to Rush Lake. Since we had quite a bit of rain the last few days, the lakes are full. The water of Rush Lake is currently going over the spillway and the below creek leads into the Jed Johnson Lake.

… to be continued …

2019

Lone Star State Flower

Kevin, the girls and I were talking about today’s work and school at the dinner table. It also popped up, that he wanted to run at the Sport Park tonight. So I made the suggestion, we all could go down to the Arbor Hills Nature Preserve. He can run, while the girls and I hike and capture photos of the Bluebonnets. Katelynn needed to get out of the house anyway. She has an English Language Art (ELA) test in school, tomorrow. And what’s the best way to relax for a bit? Hiking in nature, getting some good fresh air and get the mind off the test. The little things in life are still the best.

2019

“Gross! Dog Doo-doo!”

Kevin told Sara to help her sister to pick up dog poop, before he could mow the lawn. Sara was not happy about it. We could see it in her eyes, she wanted to talk herself out of it. But we put the foot down, and said to our sassy little Princess, that she has to help cleaning up after Lexi and Luis. After Sara got grossed out a couple of times, she actually started enjoying searching for the dog land mines in the grass. Katelynn and Sara made a game out of it. And everything was picked up and mowed in no time. I guess, parenting is not so hard after all. We just have to stay on top of it. ๐Ÿ˜‰

2019

NASCAR Qualification Race & VANCOR 350 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Race

Last night, Kevin, Sara, her friend Mia and I went to the NASCAR Truck races at the Texas Motor Speedway. But before the truck race started, the NASCAR drivers had to qualify and raced for the starting positions for this Sunday’s MENCS O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 race. Jimmie Johnson was the front runner in every round. Therefore he will be in the first position.

The VANCOR 350 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Race began at 8:00 p.m. CDT. Darrell ‘Bubba’ Wallace (he visited Sara’s Elementary school in April 2017,) and Jesse Iwuji (he will visit Sara’s Elementary school this Monday,) were in this race. Sara and Mia waved and cheered for both drivers. Unfortunately several trucks didn’t make it through the race. One of them was Anthony Alfredo’s truck. He hit the wall after Turn 2, the truck spun out and caught on fire. Anthony Alfredo is doing well. But the truck got pretty banged up. At the end of the race, Kyle Busch was first coming through the finish line. He beat Stewart Friesen by 1.269 seconds. This was Kyle Busch’s fourth consecutive win at the Gander Outdoors Truck Series.

2019

Hiking Into The Texas Sunset In March

Yesterday evening was so nice and warm, Kevin, the girls and I walked along the creek behind our street. Sara wanted to go to the new bridge anyway. And Katelynn wanted to see, if she can find a fossil at the waters edge. What a nice opportunity to take the camera and capture Spring along the way.

2019, In The Garden

“Dandelions!!!” (2)

Sara came home from school and walked straight into the backyard, where she found me working in the greenhouse. “Oh Mom, look! Dandelions!!!” After she put her backpack in her room, she came back to pick the dandelions and blow their seeds off the stems. But before Sara did that, she made a wish with each flower. I just enjoy the moments, when she still has so much fun with these flowers. Life is still so easy and innocent, right now.

2019

St. Patrick’s Day 2019๐Ÿ€๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿ€

Three years ago, when Sara was in Kindergarten, she had a little school project on Spring Break. We’ve helped her to make a Leprechaun trap and write a little story about, how she’s gonna trap it. The Irish gnome is approving, that this is a great trap for catching these little gold chasing boogers. Don’t forget to wear your lucky green, today. ๐Ÿ€๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿ€

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Sara’s Leprechaun Trap, she made for a Kindergarten project in 2015.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

2019, In The Garden

Greenhouse Garden Project (Phase 1/Part I)

Finally, Kevin and I started my new project. Last week, I purchased the materials. And this afternoon, we’ve put the wooden frame together. But first I had to unlock and separate the greenhouse from its metal frame, before we could place the wood in the same spot. Kevin had some leftover wood blocks, we could use for securing the corners of the base. After the wooden base was done, we could screw the metal frame on the wood and reinstall the greenhouse. The greenhouse is so light, we just picked it up as a whole and moved it around as needed. Kevin and I decided not to put shelves in the greenhouse. We will have raised beds, like we had the first year.

Katelynn helped leveling the ground for the wooden frame. And she cleaning the soil out of the bottom of metal frame. She really enjoyed helping us with the project. Joshua came from the garage into the backyard, He played garden inspector and made sure, we are all doing our jobs well. Best way to keep an eye on all of us, is the view from the tree … or he just got bored and decided to chase the Brown-headed Cowbirds out of the Bradford Pear tree, before they would have pooped on us eventually.

2019, Travel/Vacation

Katelynn’s Back Home

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Hometown sign of Wรผrzburg in Epcot/Walt Disney World

Katelynn and her school band had a blast, the last 3ยฝ days. They left early Saturday morning to fly to Florida. When they arrived at Walt Disney World, they went straight to Epcot. Katelynn did show her friends “Germany” and the sign of the city, where she was born. The following day, they spent the day in Disney’s Magic Kingdom. She said, her favorite area was Tomorrowland. And she enjoyed the fireworks, while standing next to Space Mountain. On the third day, the group went to Disney’s Hollywood Studios and see the Blue Man Group in Universal Studios. Today, it was clearing the resort rooms, get on the bus to the Orlando International Airport (MCO) and fly back home to Dallas.

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Katelynn got herself a Walt Disney World Parks t-shirt and a Star Wars Porg plush toy.