Camping at Palmetto State Park

Let’s take a trip… down memory lane.  Our family’s favorite memories come from our travels.  Here are just a few.

Last summer, we stayed for a long weekend at Palmetto State Park in Texas and loved it! The campsites were very large, scenic, and clean. The campers there (as in many Texas campsites) were friendly.


Clark (the dad): I like walking around and Pokemon hunting.  We held that one gym out in the middle of the park for months.  I also had a lot of fun fishing.  I didn’t catch anything, but it was still fun.


Attie (the mom): I enjoyed kayaking on the lake, watching all the kids playing together, and running the many trails.  It was a really big park.



Elizabeth (the big sister): I liked the diving competitions we had off of the dock.





David (the little brother): Ooh! I loved that place.  We should go back there again.  I liked tying up the kayaks on the dock in the middle of the lake and jumping off the dock.

Benefits of that Vacation

Travel is the best gift you can ever give someone.  The experiences we have outside of our own little corner of the world serve to grow and strengthen us as fellow human beings. For me, I can also get away from the routine.  I come back refreshed and ready to take on anything (as well as exhausted, because I want to do as much as I can when visiting destinations).

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U.S. States visited so far

Our family started the tradition about 6 years ago that instead of presents for holidays, we would go on a vacation.  Our kids were on board with that plan – believe it or not.  We are be no means world travelers – simply because our family of four budget doesn’t allow for it.  But, we have been to many states and a few countries surrounding the U.S. as well.  Our family vacations are experiences our children will never forget – their minds soak in so many new sites, histories, and cultures.  We are truly blessed to be able to have these adventures as a family.

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Countries visited so far

So, even though the Dalai Lama really did not suggest it, I believe we should all live it. “Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before,” – whether it is 30 minutes from home or 3,000 miles away.

I will be sharing a few of our journeys in future posts. Please, comment if you would like to suggest a place for us to visit!