Dinosaur Valley State Park

A few weeks ago,  AK and I made the drive to Glen Rose for some hiking at Dinosaur Valley State Park.  We loaded up with sunscreen, water, and sunglasses.  (I’d also recommend a hat.)

It was a beautiful sunny day, and right on that border of being a bit too hot.  Some of the trails are shaded by trees, but other areas are not and on the day we went, there wasn’t much breeze.

There are lots of trails to choose from.  After you pay your fee ($7 for adults) at the main gate, you are given a trail map and an overall map of the park so you can plan out your adventure.


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Walking Downtown Dallas

We hopped off the McKinney Ave Trolley at its end point at St Paul  & Ross Ave. and started walking.  No destination in mind (and a common occurrence it would seem!).  We walked until we found something worth photographing.

The first thing we found was the Eye, across the street from The Joule hotel.  It was designed by Tony Tassett and is 30 feet tall.  It was definitely interesting.  You can’t get too close to the Eye as it is fenced in, but no matter, it still stared silently back at us.

The Eye
The Eye

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Dallas Museum of Art

We didn’t have a solid plan in mind, but we did want to take photos of some Downtown Dallas landmarks.  This is the great thing about having a photography buddy to share adventures with!

We hopped on the McKinney Avenue Trolley at Union Station and let Car #122, aka Rosie, noisily take us on our journey.  As we approached the stop for the Dallas Museum of Art,  Peter asked me if I had ever been inside.  When I said I hadn’t, he asked if I wanted to check it out, and I thought about it for 0.54783 seconds before saying, “Sure!”.  We got off the trolley and wandered inside.


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Dallas Stars Playoff Game

This is just a quick post with some photos taken with my phone.

My BFF and I went to the first home game of the playoffs for the Dallas Stars on Monday night.  At that time they were down 2-0 in the best of 7 game series against the top-seeded Anaheim Ducks, so we were hoping for a turning of the tides.

We were not disappointed.

The arena was absolutely electric, and the Stars beat the Ducks 3-0!

American Airlines Center
Outside the AAC

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Texas Bluebonnets

I was trying to be organized by doing a scouting trip earlier in the week to look for locations to take some photos of a sunrise over a field of Texas Bluebonnets.  One thing we didn’t count on, though, was the forces of nature.

Peter and I drove about 40 minutes South to Ennis, TX which is the state’s mecca for bluebonnets.  The city of Ennis has a whole page on their website packed with bluebonnet information and I highly recommend looking over it prior to a trip.  We followed the North Trail, which is nicely marked with signs along the roads, hoping for that perfect location.  The scenery is beautiful, as are the ridiculous amounts of bluebonnets.  There are also ranch homes, horses, and cattle to admire as you slowly drive on the trail.  We found our perfect spot toward the end of our journey, and excitedly pulled over to take a look.


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Allen Americans Ice Hockey

I love ice hockey.  I’ve played the sport for over 13 years, and of course I enjoy watching the pro teams play too.

The Allen Americans are part of the Central Hockey League, which is two levels below the NHL.  Their home arena is the Allen Event Center. If you’ve never been to a professional hockey game before but wanted to check it out, the Allen Americans are a fun and affordable way to do so.  Tickets aren’t as expensive as going to a Dallas Stars game, and the arena isn’t as large as the American Airlines Center.  You can buy tickets online at Ticketmaster.

Allen Event Center - Home of the Allen Americans
Allen Event Center – Home of the Allen Americans

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The Baker Hotel

About a 90 minute drive west of Downtown Dallas is the small city of Mineral Wells.  It is best known for their mineral spring water and the old Baker Hotel, which was quite the destination in the 1930’s and 40’s.  The hotel closed in the early 1970’s and since then has been left to the elements and lots of vandalism.

Nowadays, the ground floor windows and doors are heavily boarded up in effort to prevent trespassers from going inside.  There are ways in, of course, but it is ill-advised with a pretty hefty fine or an arrest.

My friend, Peter, and I drove out there last week, spending a few hours photographing the outside of the hotel.  The Baker is creepy and run down, but it is also majestic and beautiful.  If you are into abandoned places then this is one to check out.  And soon!  Restoration has been talked about for years, but now it seems more likely to happen according to recent online news articles.  I am one of many who hopes the massive project gets funded.  The Baker Hotel is too special to be left to slowly decay.

Below are some of the photos I took while wandering around.


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