Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Dinosaur Valley State Park

We went out to Glen Rose today to visit Dinosaur Valley State Park, where the dinosaur footprints are. Our friends Jimmy and Debra (and Rylie and Grace) had this wonderful idea and asked us to come along. I'm so glad we did -- the weather was beautiful and we had a blast!

Apparently everyone else in the state had the same idea -- I haven't seen that many people at the park very many times. Only on the very busy spring break and summer days when I was working at the gift shop here back in high school. Duh, I should have known to expect a big crowd! We didn't let the mobs drown out our fun, though...

We stopped at the little museum at park headquarters first. How many kids fit in one pluerosaurus footprint? Five -- if you can keep them all still long enough!
And then it was on to the life-size dinosaur models. I think the kids actually spent more time running around playing boomerang in the surrounding fields than marveling at the dinosaurs though!Lunch time...a picnic in the shade, complete with sardines in Lousiana sauce (for Jimmy and Micah)! And since they ate their lunches, we let the big kids go play on the little playground. It's a little ironic, this park is full of rocks but the playground is mostly one big "fake" rock for the kids to climb on. Hmmm...Conner thought it would be a good idea to jump off the edge (the short edge, at least!), but you can see that Rylie was there right beside him trying to convince him that this was not a good idea! Fortunately, this idea did not end catastrophicly, but we decided it was time to move on to the river anyway.At the river there is a little man-made "bridge," composed of big rocks. You have to walk across them to see the main tracks. Many of these rocks are at least partly underwater, and there's not much room for people coming and going at the same time. Mix this with lots and lots of spring breakers, and you get quite the traffic jam! We had a few nerve-racking moments, but we all made it across, nothing wet except our feet. (You can see the dinosaur's toe imprints right there next to us.) And what fun is being at the river if you can't play in the water?!




Joey and Grace were too cute hugging each other!
Then there was Micah. He had on shorts, the water didn't even cover his feet, but apparently he was still worried his shorts were going to wet. He kept walking around with his short hiked up so high that you could see his X-Men undies peeking out the sides. It was too funny! (Yes, the one that was so worried about getting his clothes wet did also happen to be the first one to fall in the water...he got over it pretty quickly, though!) Thanks Jimmy, Debra, Rylie, and Grace. We had a fun-o-saurus day! (Yes, I am a dork.)

7 comments:

Lee and Michelle said...

Cute new Family Picture! It is so hard to get one that's half way decent. What a fun adventure!

BooBoo said...

Wow! You did get great family pictures! What a wonderful, wonderful day! Glad it turned out so well...and glad our "leapin' lizard" came out unscathed...We had to leave DVSP in a rush once...But only once in all the times we've been...not bad odds, I think. Love you all! MOM pfu,wpfy

Amy said...

How fun!!! We've never been there but heard good things about it! Jon's dad took the boys to Fossil Rim last year during spring break and had the same problem with traffic jams!! This year they opted to ride the "Tarantula" from Grapevine to the Stock Yards in Old Fort Worth, and back to Grapevine. (Where they got in their car and drove back to Weatherford! haha)
I'm sure it was fun, but I haven't heard all the details yet. Will see my boys tonight!!

Lydia said...

I can't believe you got that shot of Conner! WAy to go, Super Mom!

Bret Wells said...

Yeah, Rachel has become quite the photographer. If anyone would like to purchase her one of those fancy professional cameras that snap pictures really fast and have manual focus...

Amanda Brooke Kilgore said...

Grant was not a big fan of the state park. He was NOT comfortable with the life-sized dinos and decided to take the lead. He grabbed hold of Rhett's stroller and announced, "I've got to get us out of here before it gets dark!" And with that, he was off to find the exit. He was never really into dinosaurs though. Rhett, on the other hand, seems to really like them. I guess our trip to Dinosaur Valley State Park only scarred one of 'em. ha ha

Hollie said...

That's totally cool! We've never been there but would "love" too! Maybe in the future ;o) I'm trying to talk Rob into going on a "family gathering" this week since we didn't do our yearly camping trip! Thanks for sharing, I always enjoy your post!