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Adventuring at Dinsoaur Valley State Park

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Hey you guys, today I wanted to share with you a special trip that we took this weekend.

Beau has been dying to go to Dinosaur Valley State Park in Glen Rose, Texas for a while, and while the heavy rain on Thursday and Friday almost canceled our day, we finally made the trek up there on Saturday.

I know what your thinking, Dinosaur Valley probably has to do with dinosaurs and it does, but it is so much more than that! We took our three dogs with us, and it’s about an hour and a half from Dallas. The weather was absolutely perfect as we trekked down to the Paluxy River. Our dogs refuse to swim out at White Rock Lake, so we figured the calming river water would give their wild side a chance to come out.

I am typically not an outdoor person, and had been dreading our little trip from the start. As soon as we got there, our youngest pup, Darcy was barking at all of he people and pushing and pulling me all over. We managed to get all three of the dogs to walk pretty far into the cool clear water and splash around.

We eventually ended up making our way up into the forest where we encountered no one, but lurking bugs in the trees and pathways so narrow I almost had a heart attack. I am not one for heights either, and when our dogs get excited, they tend to pull, even if that means to my impending death as they loom over the narrow pathway of a 100 foot hill.

Dinosaur Valley State Park

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Part of me felt like Bear Grylls as we weaved our way through fallen branches and hills so high I thought I would never make it down. I however am not savvy when it comes to exploring or reading a map, so thank goodness my fiancĂ© new exactly where we were at each moment. As annnoyed as he may get with me, his reassuring “yes I know where we are going,” made me feel a little less anxious.

After walking for what felt like gen hours, we finally cascade down a steep hill (not without some slipping and sliding,) and finally found a peaceful area with no screaming children, where we could see if our dogs would really swim.

Beau decided to take Carter into the water first, (she is typically extremely weary of the water,) and to our surprise she jumped right in and start doggy paddling around all over! We were both in shock and giggles at her brazen attempt of jumping into the water and being adventurous! Next was our sweet mini Aussie, Darcy. He can definitely be hesitant of the water as he is so tiny, but he jumped in and start paddling around as happy as a clam. To our surprise once more, Finn also jumped into the water with no problem at all! Needless to say, Beau and I were so giggly and happy that they were finally enjoying themselves, they are water dogs after all!!

After a bit, we decided to finally make our trip back out to the car, but not without Darcy feeling daring and jumping right into a hole in the river that happened to be a dinosaur track! There are dinosaur tracks all over the park and in the Paluxy River, so if you ever want to see how your foot compares in size, definitely take a trip down.

Our pups ended up being so deliriously happy and exhausted that they slept the entire car ride home, and the rest of the evening. We had such a good day watching them get to swim and explore, that the anxiety and bugs were worth it.

We definitely recommend taking your pups down there for an experience in nice, cool river water, and to just explore even if you don’t have any animals to take as it is couples and children friendly. In addition to swimming in the river, you can also camp, bike, hike, fish, ride a horse, and so

much more.

It was definitely a wonderful way to spend the weekend!

Xoxo Kristina

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