Our adventures along the way:
Mel & the boys at the state Line.
We watched an incredible lightning storm during our night drive through Texas.
No Bathroom, No Problem! We're in the middle of nowhere, just go fellas!
But why is dad getting out? Oh no, he's got a camera!
We drove to Austin first to visit John & Angela Estrada. We had fun swimming in their pool and playing with cousins. Their son Austin is an incredible swimmer. We enjoyed watching his swim meet. We also went to San Antonio and visited the Alamo and the River walk. The boys enjoyed the boat ride on the river. While we were there at the river walk mall, we enjoyed an Imax show with them as well. Before we left town, we found a river with a smooth rock bottom to play in. We enjoyed sharing father’s day with the Estradas.
All the boys climbing on the toys at the park in Lakeway, TX.
We found an incredible swimming spot in Austin. This river had a smooth limestone bottom that kept the water clear. In some areas it got deep to form swimming holes. Preston jumped over a 10' waterfall to a deep pool below. We all had fun playing & swimming for hours.
Our day trip to San Antonio:
Preston got a whistle and a stern look from security for sitting on the chains in line. He has such sensitive feelings, he took it very hard. He'll remember the Alamo for certain.
Stop 2: Roanoke, TX - To visit the Luna-Llanes Family
After we left Austin we headed north to Roanoke. It’s a nice little suburb of Fort Worth. We rolled in late to Emily and Roberto’s house and went right to bed so we could start early. All of Emily’s kids were surprised to awake to a house full of relatives. We all decided to head north to Oklahoma and spend the day swimming at Turner Falls. The water was perfect and we spent the day swimming, diving, sliding, catching crawdads and splashing Mama. All the cousins enjoyed hanging out together.
Turner Falls - Oklahoma
Parker didn't mind holding the crawdad. (After he saw big brother do it)
Melanie was suited up and ready to swim but felt the water was a bit too chilly for her taste. She spent the day on shore chatting with Emily. She and Emily get along swimmingly.
Here's some fat guy going down the slide at Turner Falls. Oh wait, that's daddy!
On day two of our North Texas trip we went to Woodbine to visit where Daddy grew up. The place hasn’t changed much. Ryan was eager to show the boys around the woods he played in as a boy but after a few minutes of being eaten alive by bugs we decided to see the abridged version. We headed back to Emily's house to find something else to do. We found a Cabelas and we all spent some time walking through it together. We said our goodbyes to the Luna-Llanes family and headed out to get started on the road home.We drove through Gainesville and saw the zoo and park that Ryan remembered as a child. The boys enjoyed the fancy new play area the park recently installed.
Our family in front of the house that Ryan grew up in.
All the cousins had fun looking at all the animal mounts at Cabelas in Ft. Worth, TX.
Cabelas with the Cousins
They all tested their aim at the shooting gallery in Cabelas.
At the Gainesville Park
Our journey home
On our travel home we stopped at Mount Capulin Volcano in New Mexico and walked the entire rim of that. It was enjoyable and a welcome break from the car.
Mt. Capulin Volcano
Again we find the boys needing to go when there's no toilet in site. Good thing they're not bashful.
At Grandma Jan's
We also enjoyed stopping by Ryan’s Grandma Jan’s house for a brief visit. She is looking healthy but lonely. She does have two big dogs that keep her company. They were very friendly and the boys enjoyed playing with them.
Here's the whole gang with Grandma Jan at her house. Mel and I enjoyed seeing her and the boys enjoyed meeting her.