Signal Hill on Mt. Magazine, Paris, Logan County Arkansas – Pig Tail Scenic Byway, Ozark, Franklin County, Arkansas

And I just surpassed the NPS for the longest name of something! We left Hot Springs on Arkansas State Route 7 which is a scenic byway through the Ouachita’s. Known as Scenic 7 the road takes you to Arkansas Route 22. This trip will take us across the Ouachita’s and the Ozarks which are dividedContinue reading “Signal Hill on Mt. Magazine, Paris, Logan County Arkansas – Pig Tail Scenic Byway, Ozark, Franklin County, Arkansas”

Hot Springs National Park, Hot Springs, Garland County, Arkansas

Hot Springs was the first National Park in America…. well kind of. The land was set aside by congressional act in 1832 “to be developed for future recreational use.” Five years after the establishment of the National Park Service, Hot Springs became a full fledged national Park in 1921, nearly 100 years after the landContinue reading “Hot Springs National Park, Hot Springs, Garland County, Arkansas”

President William Jefferson Clinton Birthplace Home National Historical Site, Hope, Arkansas

Late September is vacation time. Being in retail, as the holiday season approaches, it gets harder to get time off so we try to go around this time of year, before the holidays and after school has resumed to lessen the crowds. When Momma said she wanted to go to Arkansas I was all inContinue reading “President William Jefferson Clinton Birthplace Home National Historical Site, Hope, Arkansas”

Urban Hiking- Emma Long Metropolitan Park-Turkey Creek Trail, Austin, Travis County, Texas

Austin has a large metro park called the Emma Long Metropolitan Park in northwest Austin. I have been trying to get to this trail for years and finally made it. The drive into the park was beautiful and the trail was pretty good for an urban trail. Emma Long was the first female councilperson inContinue reading “Urban Hiking- Emma Long Metropolitan Park-Turkey Creek Trail, Austin, Travis County, Texas”

Dinosaur Valley State Park, Glen Rose, Somervell County, Texas

The Paluxy River or to me a creek actually, as it is only twenty-nine miles long, runs through Dinosaur Valley State Park. The Paluxy also contains one of the largest accumulations of Dinosaur tracks in the world. There are eleven distinct track sites in the riverbed. What disappointed me was the amount of people wadingContinue reading “Dinosaur Valley State Park, Glen Rose, Somervell County, Texas”

Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historical Site, Washington, Washington County, Texas- Part 2

What made this stop a great one was that this park was actually a three-fer! Besides the building at Washington-on-the-Brazos there was the Barrington Living History Farm, and the Star of the Republic Museum. we next went to the farm as the skies were threatening and we figured to get inside the museum before itContinue reading “Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historical Site, Washington, Washington County, Texas- Part 2”

Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historical Site, Washington, Washington County, Texas- Part 1

What is the importance of Washington on the Brazos? Well let’s tell this tale! In 1835 Antonio Lopez de Santa Ana became the President of Mexico and he voided the constitution of 1824. This angered the settlers of Texas which was still a Mexican territory. At San Felipe de Austin, the people held the “Consultation”Continue reading “Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historical Site, Washington, Washington County, Texas- Part 1”

George H.W. Bush Library and Museum- College Station, Brazos County, Texas

Being a bit of an amateur presidential historian… well history in general……. this was on my radar. Over the 4th of July weekend in 2021 we made a weekend trip to see the library. Now George Bush …. neither George Bush would go down in history as a great President, one whom I voted forContinue reading “George H.W. Bush Library and Museum- College Station, Brazos County, Texas”

The Lyndon B. Johnson Trifecta, Austin, Travis County, Texas, Johnson City, Blanco County, Texas, Stonewall, Blanco County, Texas.

The LBJ trifecta, that’s my name for it, is a visit to the LBJ Library on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin, a visit to the LBJ boyhood home in Johnson City Texas, and a visit to the Texas White House and the LBJ Ranch in Stonewall Texas. We’ve done them all.Continue reading “The Lyndon B. Johnson Trifecta, Austin, Travis County, Texas, Johnson City, Blanco County, Texas, Stonewall, Blanco County, Texas.”

Berry Springs County Park , Georgetown, Williamson County, Texas

Every now and then even a county park bears mentioning, and Berry Springs is one of those. Berry Springs is over 300 acres which is large for an urban county park. It lies roughly between Berry Creek and Dry Berry Creek. Berry Springs is named for John Berry (1786-1866) who settled here from Kentucky afterContinue reading “Berry Springs County Park , Georgetown, Williamson County, Texas”