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Texas Bucket List – M: Mammoth Site ~ Blogging Through The Alphabet

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Today’s place to visit – the Waco Mammoth Site. I absolutely enjoy visiting this site each chance I get. I will enjoy it even more when they begin additional excavations in the coming year or two. I can’t wait to see what else is uncovered.

The Waco Mammoth Site is part of the National Park Service. It is the site of a nursery herd of Columbian mammoths. There have been 24 mammoths have been uncovered, as well as a camel and the tooth of a baby saber tooth cat. Most of the mammoths discovered are females or a juveniles. There has been a bull mammoth identified. There is much speculation about why these animals are here and whether it was a single incident or multiple incidents that left the remains in this area.

It is really quite interesting to hear the guides talk about the possibilities and to show what they have discovered.

We have enjoyed visiting three or four times, as it is not a long drive for our family. I recommend a stop by if you have opportunity. See a couple of posts that I wrote about with previous visits and activities we did.

T . . . Talking About Mammoths – Part 1 and Part 2

Blessings,
At Home.

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This is a weekly series and will be linked weekly with the Blogging Through The Alphabet co-hosts:
Amanda at Hopkins Homeschool
Kirsten at Doodle Mom
Jennifer at Worth a Bowed Head
Kimberley at Vintage Blue Suitcase
Desiree at Our Homeschool Notebook
Markie at My Life As Mrs. Cooks
Hilary at Walking Fruitfully

Texas Bucket List – L: President LBJ ~ Blogging Through the Alphabet

Years ago, my mom and I stopped by a presidential home in northern Texas. (It was the childhood home of President Eisenhower.) I enjoyed the stop and found it really interesting. That has made me want to make a visit to see the sites related to President Lyndon B Johnson.

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I have been very close to the Johnson family ranch, yet have not had opportunity to stop at the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park.

The LBJ Ranch is part of the National Park Service, having been donated to it by President Johnson and his wife. They donated it during their lives with the retention of ownership and use until they passed away. President Johnson died in 1973 and Mrs. Johnson continued to live on the ranch until her death in 2007.

Visitors to the Ranch are able to tour it at their own pace and in their own vehicles. On the tour of the Ranch, you can see President Johnson’s birth place, the Johnson family cemetary, and the Texas White House. President Johnson was born, lived, and died on this Ranch; it truly was his home. The one room schoolhouse, called Junction School, where he attended is still standing, as well.

Education is the only passport from poverty.

– Lyndon B. Johnson

Additionally, you can visit the Johnson family settlement from the 1860s. Johnson’s grandfather and great-uncle started a cattle business on the property. The site and an exhibit on the modern cattle business are available.

There are guided tours available; visit the NPS site for more information on those.

There is a lot to do at the LBJ Ranch and I sure would like to visit sometime. It is always interesting to see what influences our leaders. Perhaps when we hit this portion of history in the coming year, we can take a day trip down there.

Blessings,
At Home.

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This is a weekly series and will be linked weekly with the Blogging Through The Alphabet co-hosts:
Amanda at Hopkins Homeschool
Kirsten at Doodle Mom
Jennifer at Worth a Bowed Head
Kimberley at Vintage Blue Suitcase
Desiree at Our Homeschool Notebook
Markie at My Life As Mrs. Cooks
Hilary at Walking Fruitfully

Texas Bucket List – K: Kell House and Kemp Center for the Arts ~ Blogging Through the Alphabet

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Ten plus years ago, we lived closer to Wichita Falls. And now that I have found these two places, I am bummed that we didn’t visit when we lived closer. I have a desire to make a trip up there to check out The Kell House Museum and the Kemp Center for the Arts. Both of these buildings are beautiful, historic structures and the both hold exhibits that would be very interesting.

The Kell House Museum

The Kell House Museum is an architecturally stunning building. It was built in 1909 as a family home overlooking Wichita Falls. Frank Kell is considered to have been a driving force in the development and growth of the town. Along with his brother-in-law, Joseph Kemp, Mr. Kell was involved in the grain industry, the development of Lake Wichita, utility companies, the newspaper, streetcar system, the railroad, the local college and more. It is opened as a museum and on tour you can experience period costumes, furnishing, textiles, and more. The CVB page mentioned that it is currently undergoing renovations but it open for tours; please call ahead. (Information from the Wichita Falls Convention and Visitors Bureau website.)

The Kemp Center for the Arts was originally built in 1917 and operated as a library for the town. It is now the center of the arts community for Wichita Falls and surrounding areas. Hosting multiple exhibits at any given time, the visual arts are showcased in a lovely and historic setting. There is an outdoor sculpture garden and both permanent and rotating exhibits. Performances by theater groups are showcased alongside the various venues for visual artists. It sounds like there is always something going on at The Kemp, including lots of classes to help teach and encourage others in the arts. (Information from the Wichita Falls Convention and Visitors Bureau website and the Arts Council, Wichita Falls Area Inc. sites.)

These places are definitely on my bucket list now! I love to visit art museums and historic homes so this fits right in with what I enjoy doing.

Blessings,
At Home.

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This is a weekly series and will be linked weekly with the Blogging Through The Alphabet co-hosts:
Amanda at Hopkins Homeschool
Kirsten at Doodle Mom
Jennifer at Worth a Bowed Head
Kimberley at Vintage Blue Suitcase
Desiree at Our Homeschool Notebook
Markie at My Life As Mrs. Cooks
Hilary at Walking Fruitfully

Texas Bucket List: J – Japanese Tea Garden ~ Blogging Through The Alphabet

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A couple of years ago, At Home Dad and I spent about a week in San Francisco for our 20th anniversary. One of my favorite parts was wandering through so many of the gardens. One we went through was the Japanese Tea Garden. It was beautiful and interesting. (These pictures are from the San Francisco garden.)

Japanese Tea Garden San Francisco

I recently found out that there is a Japanese Tea Garden in San Antonio. That means just a couple of hours away! And I had no idea. It looks absolutely beautiful. I am hoping that before too long we can take a trip down there and visit the garden. It probably will have to be an overnight trip; we have done a day trip to go to Sea World before and it was a HARD day!

The land was originally donated for a public part back in the early 1900s. It was originally designed with a lily pond, walkways, and a Japanese pagoda. During WWII, due to anti-Japanese sentiment, the garden was recognized as a Chinese sunken garden. It was operated by a Chinese family until the 1960s. In 1984, it was rededicated as the Japanese Tea Garden and has since undergone a massive refurbishing and restoration.

This long history is surprising to me as we have spent quite a bit of time in San Antonio – the annual music educators convention which we have gone to a number of times and we went there for our honeymoon. I have not heard of these gardens until now.

Definitely – this one is on the bucket list!

Blessings,
At Home.

Previous Letters in the series:
A – Abilene’s Storybook Sculpture Project 
B – Big Bend
C – Congress Avenue Bridge and the Bat Colony
D – Dr Pepper Museum
E – Enchanted Rock
F – Flowers
G – Gulf Coast
H – Hot Air Balloons
I – Independence, TX

 

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This is a weekly series and will be linked weekly with the Blogging Through The Alphabet co-hosts:
Amanda at Hopkins Homeschool
Kirsten at Doodle Mom
Jennifer at Worth a Bowed Head
Kimberley at Vintage Blue Suitcase
Desiree at Our Homeschool Notebook
Markie at My Life As Mrs. Cooks
Hilary at Walking Fruitfully

Texas Bucket List – Independence ~ Blogging Through The Alphabet

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Maybe it was intended that I should write about Independence, TX, on the week of our country’s independence. Works out nice, don’tcha think?

We visited Independence, TX, last year. Twice actually. The first time was just At Home Dad and I. The second time we took the girls. We did that because we had really enjoyed our time in that area and wanted to share it with the girls.

historic buildings

Independence is a place where education, government, and history all come together. From historic buildings to the birthplace of universities to the home of a Texas president (Sam Houston), this small Texas town is an interesting place to visit. The cemetery, just outside of the town, has lots of unique markers and a large number of important grave sites.

Read more about Independence, TX, from a previous post about it and the Antique Rose Emporium there. It is definitely a neat field trip option for those that are just a couple of hours away. And if you are farther, there are some neat vacation rentals and you could make an overnight or more of it. There is plenty more to do in the area, including Washington-on-the-Brazos (which I just realized I must not have shared about yet – upcoming post!) and the small town of Chapell Hill (another I must not have shared yet).

waterfall and butterflies

This is definitely a neat place to visit and I am glad we stumbled upon it when we did. Texas history really comes alive when you can visit some of the places where history happens.

Blessings,
At Home.

Previous Letters in the series:
A – Abilene’s Storybook Sculpture Project 
B – Big Bend
C – Congress Avenue Bridge and the Bat Colony
D – Dr Pepper Museum
E – Enchanted Rock
F – Flowers
G – Gulf Coast
H – Hot Air Balloons

 

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This is a weekly series and will be linked weekly with the Blogging Through The Alphabet co-hosts:
Amanda at Hopkins Homeschool
Kirsten at Doodle Mom
Jennifer at Worth a Bowed Head
Kimberley at Vintage Blue Suitcase
Desiree at Our Homeschool Notebook
Markie at My Life As Mrs. Cooks
Hilary at Walking Fruitfully

Texas Bucket List – H ~ Blogging Through the Alphabet

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The letter H was a fun one to go looking for and what did I find?

Hot Air Balloons!

I love hot air balloons  (check out the unit study we did). They remind me of my childhood. I grew up in NM and the International Balloon Fiesta happened every year in Albuquerque. But even better was the fact that we could see them just about every weekend we visited my grandparents in Albuquerque, rising slow and gently over the city, while we drove to Sunday morning church services. They always seemed so close that you could just reach out and touch them. Of course, they weren’t. The balloons stood out so pretty against the blue skies of northern NM. It is a treasured memory from my childhood.

Hot Air Balloons

These images are from a 2015 visit the International Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, NM.

So, when I found that Texas had a hot air balloon festival, I just knew it had to go on my bucket list. The Best of Texas Hot Air Balloon Festival happens in Austin in the springtime. This year has already passed but maybe next spring? They do the balloon ascension in the morning and a balloon glow at sunset. They offer rides and have lots of vendors and such. Really, I don’t care one bit about the vendors and food trucks and those sorts of thing. But the balloons? Those I would like to see.

So H = Hot Air Balloons for the Texas Bucket List this week.

Blessings,
At Home.

Previous Letters in the series:
A – Abilene’s Storybook Sculpture Project 
B – Big Bend
C – Congress Avenue Bridge and the Bat Colony
D – Dr Pepper Museum
E – Enchanted Rock
F – Flowers
G – Gulf Coast

 

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This is a weekly series and will be linked weekly with the Blogging Through The Alphabet co-hosts:
Amanda at Hopkins Homeschool
Kirsten at Doodle Mom
Jennifer at Worth a Bowed Head
Kimberley at Vintage Blue Suitcase
Desiree at Our Homeschool Notebook
Markie at My Life As Mrs. Cooks
Hilary at Walking Fruitfully

Texas Bucket List – Gulf Coast ~ Blogging Through the Alphabet

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Honestly, I am not a water person. I don’t enjoy swimming. I don’t desire to sit by the water and “just enjoy” it. I would rather be in the shade with a book. But, with a family that loves to ocean and swimming and all that comes with it, I am learning to appreciate the joy and the beauty of the coast. The Texas Gulf Coast has tons of lovely beaches and we have been able to experience several of them.

Each spring the question begins getting asked “when are we going to the beach this year?”

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Some years we make it a spur of the moment trip. Other times, we plan well ahead for it. Either way, we always rent a small house so that the girls can run and play and we don’t have to worry about disturbing those above or below us in a hotel or condo. It has always worked well (except for the time we found out after we got there that the water was unsuitable for drinking or cooking and we had to go find a store to buy water).

Playing in the surf is always a joy for the girls. Now that they are getting older, I imagine I will enjoy it more since I won’t worry quite so much about them in the water.

My favorite part is always the lovely sounds and the animals we get to find and observe. There is so much life on the coast and we always see something new.

Gulf Coast

A trip to the coast is always worth it.

Blessings,
At Home.

Previous Letters in the series:
A – Abilene’s Storybook Sculpture Project 
B – Big Bend
C – Congress Avenue Bridge and the Bat Colony
D – Dr Pepper Museum
E – Enchanted Rock
F – Flowers

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This is a weekly series and will be linked weekly with the Blogging Through The Alphabet co-hosts:
Amanda at Hopkins Homeschool
Kirsten at Doodle Mom
Jennifer at Worth a Bowed Head
Kimberley at Vintage Blue Suitcase
Desiree at Our Homeschool Notebook
Markie at My Life As Mrs. Cooks
Hilary at Walking Fruitfully

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