Dallas to Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Hi everyone! We have made it to our first National Park! On Wednesday we drove from Alexandria, LA to Dallas. We were so fortunate to stay with our friends Mike and Rachel and their kids, Connor and Natalie. We had a blast! The kids were enamored with Ranger and his contents, especially the solar lanterns and our collapsible camp chairs and table. Natalie pretended she was at the Olive Garden, complete with a hanging solar lantern and a headlamp for good measure. She also paid tribute to our furry friend, Sig:

We are so grateful for Mike and Rachel’s hospitality. We had a great time and were lucky to have a tour of Dallas. A highlight was Half-Price Books. What an amazing store!

We left Dallas yesterday and stopped at Abilene to see Abilene Christian University, alma mater of our friends Matt and Carolyn. It was very pretty and had very cool sculptures and buildings. 

We ate some burritos and pressed on to Midland, which is a large oil field area. We settled in for the night and got a good night’s rest. 

We drove today to Guadalupe National Park, which is fairly remote and beautiful. We snagged a tent site and are set up for three days. We are excited to sleep in our tent and cook dinner tonight. Below is a photo from my chair:

We are grateful for a safe journey, friends, our van, the stunning NPS system, and your well-wishes!

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