About Danielle Huddleston Photography:

I am a wife, homeschool mom, a hiker, and a photographer living in Oklahoma. I love beautiful light and being in the woods. I share what I love on this blog, be they trails, pictures, or homschooling curriculum. Thanks for stopping by!



  • Tag: ‘Texas’



    Dinosaur Valley State Park ~Glen Rose, TX

    Friday, February 2nd, 2018

    This was actually our second trip to Dinosaur Valley State Park in Glen Rose, Texas.

    For some reason, my boys did not remember our last visit…

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    My oldest on our last trip in 2009.

    No clue why they don’t remember.

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    Dino Tracks!

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    We went to another park nearby called Cleburne State Park and went on the spillway trail.

    The trail wound through Juniper bushes and felt like a maze.

    It was beautiful.

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    I love how peaceful and calm this looks.

    Not like I had just tried to wash a toddler’s pants in the bathroom and tried to dry them with the hand dryer(unsuccessfully).

    Really should bring a change of clothes…

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    There is a view of the spillway and lake from the top.

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    Back at Dinosaur Valley.

    You have to walk across these rocks to get to the main set of dinosaur tracks.

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    Notice anything in the background?

    He was waving his arms up and down while running at them.

    I was cracking up.

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    We went on the overlook trail next.

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    I thought it was not too bad but then Nick pointed out this was not the overlook and it kept going up.

    Oops

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    The river is so pretty.

    Clear and blue.

    They have a beautiful swimming hole at this park also.


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    At the overlook with the half pints.

    I try to get in pics when I can.

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    Inside our RV.

    The layout has worked really well for us.

    The twins sleep right next to where Nick and I sleep and the other three sleep on the bunks.

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    I have found that I need everyone outside when I cook in here though.

    It can get chaotic really fast otherwise.

    One twin sleeps on the couch and the other sleeps on the dinette after it is folded down.

    We usually just leave it down and the kids eat outside.

    They are messy eaters anyway so this works well for cleanup.

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    Our bedroom is pretty much just the bed but that works for us.

    This looks totally different right now because Nick needed to replace the floor and some of the walls due to rot.

    So we are getting a new bed and floor.

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    We went across the river near the campground for our last hike.

    There is a whole trail system that we had not been on before over there.

    The water was a little high and the twins were not sure about crossing on the rocks.

    I thought Nick would have to carry them across a couple times.

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    We took the Cedar Break Outer Loop to the Buckeye Trail.

    Which gave us a nice mangable length loop.

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    Beautiful last hike.

    As a bonus, the twins made it back across the river!

    Although one of them sat on the shore and insisted she was not crossing…

    I had to keep reminding her that she had already made it once so the way back would be easy.

     

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    Most of the campsite had these beautiful trees all around them.

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    These two.

    They are always making me smile.

     

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    A true picture of what it is like to have little sisters…

    She kept petting him and saying he was a cute little baby.

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    That smile.

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    Our campsite was near the campground and bathroom.

    With five kids I have found being close to those super helpful.

    Otherwise, instead of camping, I am pretty much walking to the bathroom with kids the whole trip.

    Well, I am doing that anyway.

    This way it is at least faster so it takes up less of our trip.

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    Sometimes being the littlest is just hard.

    Like when you can’t get to the top and slide down.

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    She wanted to do a flip so much!

    Finally got it!

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    Camping with 5 kids is hard.

    If one is up, everyone is up.

    You feel the bad moods more.

    And sometimes I hike without Nick and just a couple of the kids because someone can’t hike right then.

    Every time I try to pack for our trips I wonder if it is worth it.

    Every trip the good outweighs the bad.

    Take the trip, take pretty pictures, soak in a sunset, and choose to remember the pretty moments.

    Grow from the hard ones but remember the sweet ones.

    Here is the video I did of our trip!

    Palo Duro Canyon State Park ~Canyon, TX

    Tuesday, November 21st, 2017

    I heard about the Palo Duro Canyon from clients several years ago and have been wanting to check it out since!

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    We arrived as the sun was setting and it was beautiful!

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    The next morning was foggy and still so pretty.

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    Since we had to be at the top of the canyon to pay for our campsite, we hiked the CCC trail by the visitors center.

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    It seemed like we were on the right trail by the first sign at the trailhead but it was kind of a crazy trail down.

    Not sure if we missed it and were taking some offshoot or if that is what it is like.

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    We pretty much slid down…

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    We did find a nice path back up that had steps and bridges but when we got to the top they had not unlocked the gate yet!

    Ha

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    We checked out the gift shop/museum for a bit but did not stay long.

    I have found that I don’t enjoy having 5 kids indoors, especially in gifts shops and museums.

    Ha

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    Next up I thought we should check out the Pioneer Nature Trail.

    I could not find the entrance but we eventually found a trail.

    I decided this might be the theme for the trip but on the way out I spotted the trailhead with a nice big sign.

    Apparently, my looking skills can rival my children’s.

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    How did I miss this trailhead?

    I will blame it on having five kids.

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    We stayed at the Mesquite Campground and it was nice!

    It is a bit more of a drive(which is fun when you arrive at dark) since it is at the very back of the park but it was nice and quiet.

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    We saw a lot of roadrunners!

    This one was at our campground.

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    I should do a video on organizing your RV kitchen so you can all achieve this look…

    I am more of a hiker and photographer.

    I will just keep to my strengths.

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    The sites are nice and big with plenty of room for kids to play.

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    There is also a nice trail right next to the campground by the bathroom.

    It is called the Camanche Trail but was not on the trail map.

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    I took the boys on this hike while the girls did quiet time.

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    It has some really cool boulders less than a mile in.

    It is an out and back trail but it is pretty long, not sure how long.

    At least 3 miles one way.

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    We saw these turkey prints on top of ours on our way back to camp.

    We must have just missed them.

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    At first, I did not want to bring scooters or bikes camping because it is ONE MORE THING to pack but they are worth the hassle.

    Our youngest son pretty much lives on his longboard while we are at camp.

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    This is the only hike that I wish we could have done the whole thing.

    It goes up to a rim trail that looks amazing but it was too far for one hike right now.

    Maybe next time.

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    The part of the Rock Garden trail we did was pretty though.

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    It was a beautiful day for hiking.

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    Next, we went to see the cowboy dugout, I was sure we took the wrong way there but it ended up being the right trail.

    I am pretty sure the only reason I don’t get horribly lost on new hikes is Nick.

    He has saved me from calling for help…

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    This part of the hike was so pretty.

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    This view never got old.

    So amazing.

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    The Lighthouse trail was the longest hike we did on this trip.

    It was 2.72 miles one way.

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    Our kids are still acclimating to the cold.

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    Bundled up kids.

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    It was a beautiful hike and pretty easy.

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    It just ended though.

    There were signs saying that was the end of the trail, you could not even see the lighthouse rock.

    It was pretty disappointing to go all that way and not really see it.

    There was a small trail that seemed to go out to it but we thought we were not allowed(there were a lot of trails that were not park trails) since it was not marked.

    When we got back to the trailhead I did read that you can go up to the Lighthouse Rock so I think you can go on that trail?

    It was confusing.

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    That is the Lighthouse Rock on the left.

    The trail ends on the right and then a small trail goes up that hill.

    I would just ask the park rangers next time if we are allowed to go up to it before starting the hike.

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    It was still a pretty hike though.

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    I like easy meals when we camp.

    If it involves more than boiling water, I won’t do it…

    Ha

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    Unless it is a bday that is.

    I did make the girls cakes in the RV oven.

    I would have bought their cakes but it is hard to find an allergy friendly one.

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    This Eye Found It game is one of my favorites for camping.

    You race to find objects on your card before the other person.

    The cards also becomes a puzzle though!

    It makes around seven different puzzles.

    Great for small spaces.

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    We finally got to scratch off a new state on our travel map!

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    In the middle of our stay was the twins birthday but I will do a separate post of that day.

    So we will skip a day to our last hike.

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    We hiked about a mile out on the Givens Spicer Lowry Trail the morning we were leaving to head back to Oklahoma.

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    That last hike is always bittersweet.

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    I don’t know what I was doing with my hands here but it cracked me up.

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    I am so glad we made the trip to see this amazing place!