wonderfully made: August 2014

Monday, August 25, 2014

Travel diaries : Fredericksburg, part one

It was a WONDERFUL weekend in Fredericksburg with these ladies. One passing thought about a trip to the hill country very quickly came and went without a hitch. 

Less than 48 hours in this beautiful area of the lone star state and almost 500 pictures later. I'm breaking up the recap into a few posts. They will be picture heavy, so get ready! 

The girls (Heather, Emily, and Sarah) had a date card from "Chris Harrison" waiting for them when we arrived late on Friday night. They were told to be up and dressed by 7:45 on Saturday morning. Check out the note here on Emily's instagram.

We headed out right around 8 and drove to the secret location. Emily guessed the destination pretty quickly but I never let on. ;) We pulled into Enchanted Rock state park and unloaded the car with a teensy bit of apprehension from a couple ladies. I don't think they knew what to expect! 

Clueless ladies before an epic hike!

Off we go!

Final destination : top of that rock!

We went left for the summit trail!

We weren't the only early birds there.

Sarah & Heather 

We made it to the top!

The best view in the hill country 

We cooled down and took advantage of the photo ops. I mean MAJOR advantage.

It was a pretty steep hike

Lots of big rocks on our way down!

The girls all look like little scavengers here, hehe

I challenged Emily to climb the rock and she had some issues...

Long legs had no problem with it!

Ta-da! Easy.

Don't worry, I had help getting down.

After her second try, Em got up!

Then we kept on going down!

It was TOTALLY worth it to get up semi-early (for a weekend) for this little adventure. We all had a blast! A sweaty, tired, sore, but exhilarating blast!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

travel diaries : day trip to Eisenhower State Park

We made the quick trip up to Eisenhower State Park last weekend to hang out with my family. We made the best of our short time there with hiking, visiting, and some time on the lake, albeit a cloudy day. It was a great August day in Texas! See some snapshots below:

Noah, our junior ranger, at the trail head.

Boys talking shop.

He was proclaiming something here. We weren't listening.

We had to come back to this rock to find more 'diamonds' since Noah lost the first few when he took a tumble. 

My two best hiking friends

Dad, wearing an ensemble in the shade of green. When he pulled those shoes out of the Wal-Mart bag he exclaimed "Ooh! These are nice!"

Best doggy friends (they had already gotten their fighting in)

Noah insisted on being the line leader.

We accidentally crossed the dam into Oklahoma (it was horrible)

Noah is way cooler than me with his mirrored aviators.

I have never once seen Mark gesture like this in the 5 years I have known him.

It was a cloudy day, but the weather was great for August in Texas! We had a lot of fun hanging with the family. Can't wait to do it more in the fall!!!