The Diary of a Nouveau Soccer Mom: Our Texas Road Trip

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Our Texas Road Trip

This past week, we shelved our curriculum and plans ...

And head out on a Texas road trip!

There's lots to see & do & learn in Texas, so we took advantage of a daddy-conference to see what we could find.

Our trip started at home in Dallas, then we hit the road for San Antonio ...

And the Alamo!


Both kids loved the Alamo and the battle stories, and the boy was impressed by the cenotaph as well.


We also spent some time on the Riverwalk and discovered a cool statue of Toribio Losoya.

For non-Texans, he is the only defender of the Alamo who was actually born at the Alamo mission.


After 2 nights in San Antonio, we headed out for Austin ...

But first we stopped at the Natural Bridge Caverns to go underground into a cave!

We learned about rock formations.


And got to hike close to a mile 180 feet below the surface.


After our cave adventure, we headed out to Austin.
We went bat watching on the Congress Avenue Bridge. The big "cloud" in the picture? Those are bats!

Then while Daddy spent the day in a meeting, we headed over to the State Capitol.

We opted for the "self-guided tour" because the tour guide seemed like he wasn't going to be interesting enough for little people.
Then we went to the Visitor Center where they had many more "little people friendly" things to do!
The boy & girl got to dress up as XIT Ranch cowboys ...



And in pioneer clothes (the boy is modelling a Davy Crockett hat) ...



They also had the chance to look up land grants (more fun for Faith than Ben) and stamp their findings with the seal of Texas!
Faith also got to do a program at the Alamo that earned her a special pin and an activity at the Capital that let her check out all sort of exhibits for information.
We also spend some time at the Texas State Museum, but they did not allow indoor pictures as far as I could tell.
Tomorrow, our project includes assembling the boy's lapbook and the girl's notebook on Texas which we will be sure to share with everyone!  It's full of Texas, Alamo, caves, bats, a whole bunch of neat things we learned on the trip! We'll head back to Austin in November, I think!
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