Goodbye To Galveston - Part Three

Before we left Galveston, you know I had to try to get some family pictures on the beach!  Unfortunately, I lost a piece of my tripod, so I ended up just taking individual shots of everyone, but I think the photos still turned out beautiful.  The light was so moody and pretty.

The next day we waved goodbye to Galveston, but on the way home we checked out a few places of interest.

First, we stopped at Brazos Bend State Park.  We had tried to go there when we spent a couple days in Houston, but they wouldn't let us in without a reservation.  However, the areas I could see were beautiful, so we scheduled a stop on our way home.  It was gorgeous!  I really wish we could have spent more time there to birdwatch.  There were ponds with all this beautiful vegetation, and big moss-covered oak trees everywhere.

We decided to take the route through Waco because I was just curious to see where the Magnolia setup was.  Unfortunately we missed it's re-opening by a mere two days, but it was interesting to at least drive past.  I'm not a huge Gaines-fangirl like a lot of people I know, but I can see how it would be a neat place to visit.

We also made stops at all the historical markers on the way home (including a small, very interesting cemetery), and we had some Texas barbecue for dinner!

The next day we took another slight detour and drove through the Oklahoma panhandle.  Remember, I was reading The Worst Hard Time, and I really wanted to see the heart of the dustbowl.  It was certainly dusty.  We also stopped in a city that was mentioned in the book, one that I pictured being much bigger, and I was surprised at how small it still was.  It was really interesting to have a book I was reading come to life like that.  Thankfully no dusters blew through.

We also made a stop at John Martin State Park and Reservoir, for more impromptu birdwatching.  It was funny, because the rangers told us that one of the birds we saw in Texas (I want to say the neotropic cormorant?) happened to be there, which would be really rare for Colorado...but we had already seen it in Texas, ha!

That is pretty much everything interesting that we saw on our trip!  The rest was just alot of driving, and trying to read in the car, and fast food, mixed with gratitude to be heading home.

(A peek at our beach photos.)

(Isn't the light just beautiful here?)

(Then our stop at Brazos Bend State Park!)

(These were from another gorgeous area of Brazos Bend.  Seriously, everywhere we looked was so pretty!)

(Driving to the hotel.  Eating our barbecue.)

(The next day in the Oklahoma panhandle!  Told you.  Dusty.)

(John Martin State Park.  Last interesting stop before we booked it home.)

Did anyone else take a road trip this year?  Where to?  It seems that it's the thing to do in 2020!
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