TRAVEL TEXAS (Chalk Bluff Park)

Just wrapped up our first camping trip of the year.  Of course, it was supposed to be in our new vintage camper.  Instead, I was in a tent.  But that's another story... We tried out was Chalk Bluff.  I had heard about it (and its crystal-clear waters and beautiful bluffs) for years, just had never made it out there.  The boys had a Friday off from school and my mom…

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TRAVEL TEXAS (Ox Ranch & Drive Tanks!!!)

This was our third Christmas without gifts, our third Christmas to celebrate experiences and our family. Two years ago was Galveston and Moody Gardens.  Last year was Waco, Cameron Park Zoo, and the Magnolia Silos. This year was something that fit the bill for the animal-lover, photographer, and military-obsessed genes in all of us. Our first day of vacation was actually spent trying to take care of all of the…

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TRAVEL TEXAS- Garner State Park

My parents made their yearly reservations at their favorite place- Garner State Park.  And like always, we were invited along. Ben had plans that weekend, but Evan and I were up for the road trip! In the two days, one night, that we stayed.... We picked up a Texas Parks & Wildlife Parks Pass.  We spent A LOT of time floating in the river.  Evan snorkeled and tried out the…

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TRAVEL TEXAS (South Padre Island)

We did it again!  Our annual beach trip to South Padre! Lots of sand, sun, and sea.  Froyo every day.  A fun outing.  Lots of great food.  And not a single lick of sunburn. How do I do it?  Careful planning, budgeting, packing, routine, and sunscreen!     Where do we stay? Every year, it's Seabreeze Beach Resort.  Love going back!  It's an older complex, but.... It's right on the beach!…

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TRAVEL TEXAS (Hamilton Pool)

It has been over two years since I heard about (and have started dreaming about) Hamilton Pool.  Nestled into our beautiful Texas hill country, it seemed like such an incredible little oasis.  But I let that first summer slip by.  Disappointed but curious, I went ahead and just planned on a day of hiking and exploring around the area during the winter.  It lived up to the hype... and was…

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TRAVEL TEXAS (Happy Camper)

Evan has asked me on a couple of occasions, "Mom, You like old things, don't you?"  Yep.  I love old furniture and homes.  I love adding vintage touches around our house and yard.  I kinda love old people.  I've always wanted to own a vintage Ford Mustang.  And I dream of antique campers.  When we were worrying about finding a new location for From Scratch Farm, I actually began looking for…

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TRAVEL TEXAS (Son’s Island)

I had fallen in love with the place just through photos on instagram.  So I couldn't wait to go.  Made reservations for Mother's Day, invited my parents, and planned the weekend.   The island is a 3.5 acre island in the middle of Lake Placid in Seguin.  An easy-access spot right off of I-10, you get to the island by driving over a one-lane wooden bridge, check into your reservation,…

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TRAVEL TEXAS (The Jersey Barnyard)

This was our third visit to The Jersey Barnyard, and it was still a little bit of a magical experience!   Yes, the drive is long.  And it can get a little dirty.  But where else can you enjoy all these cute farm animals, eat some Blue Bell ice cream, shop, and bottle-feed a calf and/or milk a cow?!  (And honestly, wouldn't you expect to have to watch your step…

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TRAVEL TEXAS (Sea World San Antonio)

Even though this isn't a typical Travel Texas article, and we really didn't have to travel far to Sea World, I thought it should be highlighted for anyone that is looking for a cool travel destination.  And if you're an animal-lover like us, you'll want the scoop on these opportunities. The first time I saw the animal interactions offered was in an e-mail a few years ago.  Evan wasn't old…

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