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This Texas trip took us 2 weeks. It actually includes the Appalacians Mountains, the Gulf of Mexico and Louisianna. It is a particularly good trip when the kids are old enough to understand the Alamo and the moon shot and still young enough to get excited about cowboys and indians. The kids were ages 8 through 14 on this trip.

 

Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky

Mammoth Cave is as pretty as Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico or Luray Caverns in Virginia, but it is mammoth. The area is pretty. The campground is nice. We took a long tour inside the cave and it was impressive. You can register ahead of time online. While this is not a must see, it was about 8 hours out of Pittsburgh and made a nice meaningful stop on our trip. We drove to Mammoth Cave on a Saturday and went to mass. We toured the cave on Sunday and left for Arkansas on Monday morning.



 

Lake Ouachita, Arkansas

Lake Ouachita is about 8 hours from Mammoth Cave on the way towards Ft. Worth. There is a swimming beach near the campground. The water is clear enough for snorkling. During our full day here, we rented a boat. The area is known for the abundant crystals you can find while snorkling.



 

Dinosaur Valley State Park

This was a really nice campground. There are real dinosaur footprints fosilized in the rocks along the river bed. You can snorkel in the river. The water is very clear. The sides are rock and there are Alligator Gar which you can see swimming below you. Very cool!! They behaved themselves when we were there.
We stayed here two nights while visiting Fort Worth.
Life size replica of a dinasaur.  Not a real one.
Life size replica of a dinasaur. Not a real one.
Dinasaur footprint.
Dinasaur footprint.
Brontasaurus footprints.
Brontasaurus footprints.

 

Fort Worth

The Stock Yards is your first real taste of the Texas cowboy culture on this trip. The Texas Stockyards was the last major stopping point for supplies for cowboys driving cattle north on the famous Chisholm Trail in the 1800s. There are Cattle Drives down the main drag several times a day. There is a rodeo museum and a maze and lots of shops for cowboy stuff. Dont miss Riskies Barbeque! The steak, ribs and shrimp platter was one of the best meals I have ever had.
Cattle Drive down the main street.  This happens several times day.
Cattle Drive down the main street. This happens several times day.
Fort Worth Stock exchange in the background.
Fort Worth Stock exchange in the background.
The kids really enjoyed the maze.
The kids really enjoyed the maze.

 

Texas Homestead





 

Gonzolez


Gonzolez Jail which once held famous outlaw John Harden.
Gonzolez Jail which once held famous outlaw John Harden.
Hangmans Noose in the Gonzolez Jail.
Hangmans Noose in the Gonzolez Jail.
The "Come and Take" It Cannon.
The "Come and Take" It Cannon.

 

The Alamo - San Antonio

The Alamo and the River Walk are within feet of each other. We easly saw them both in one day.



 

River Walk - San Antonio

The Alamo and the River Walk are within feet of each other. We easly saw them both in one day.



 

Missions - San Antonio

We saw the Missions the same day we visited the Alamo and River Walk. It worked out becaause we were able to go to Mass there as well.
Missions outside of San Antonio
Missions outside of San Antonio


 

Johnson Space Center





 

Galveston, TX





 

Street Performers - New Orleans





 

CarriageTour - New Orleans





 

Washington Park - New Orleans





 

Natchez River Boat - New Orleans


Natchez River Boat - New Orleans
Natchez River Boat - New Orleans


 

Great Smokey Mountain National Park



Clingmans Dome
Clingmans Dome

 

Cherokee Indian Reservation Great Smokey Mountain National Park





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