Of course we took TONS of pictures as always!! I got a new camera for Mother's Day :-) so I was playing alot with mine!!
I tried to pull out the best of the best pictures for the blog! There were so many to choose from and since this will be made into a photo book eventually I didn't want to leave anything out - so I will do several posts for this vacation so you are not bombarded with 150 pictures in one post! LOL!!!
So this first part are highlights from the first leg of our trip - Davis Mountains! I FELL IN LOVE with Davis Mountains! It was such a beautiful area!!! We spent 5 nights here and loved every second of it!! I am actually going to split it into two posts! :-)
First I want to highlight our trip to McDonald Observatory!! This was the COOLEST place! In fact Seth says this was his favorite part of all of vacation (probably mine too). We went up there during the day and took the day tour. We got to see the sun through a telescope - it was really neat seeing the solar bursts and sun spots! We then took a tour of the telescopes, which was spectacular! That night we went back to the star gazing party! Unfortunately storms coming into the area prevented them from pointing out some constellations and deep space objects like they wanted to. But they did have telescopes pointed at Saturn and the moon that we got to view! This was my first time to see Saturn in a telescope and it was AMAZING!! We then went inside and they showed us some recorded views from the telescopes and took us on a virtual tour of the night sky!
Needless to say we ended up purchasing a pretty cool telescope from there!! We had fun the rest of the trip looking in our telescope and were ecstatic when we were able to see Saturn just as clear as we did in their telescopes!! We have started a new hobby!! :-)
Here are the picture highlights.
These next pictures are inside the Harlan J Smith Telescope
We didn't get any pictures really from the Star Gazing party...except for waiting for it to start! Alyssa was really being a pill and Daddy got some funny pictures of her.
The next night we were anxious to play with our new telescope and thought we would do some s'mores as well. So we went up Skyline Drive (in the state park) and found an exotic s'mores location! This one is going to be really tough to beat!! It had the most spectacular view!
And this was Aaron's spot!! This was a really neat picnic table and grill set up on a cliff!! But it would have been pretty difficult to get everything down the steps leading to this place (and then getting it all back up the steps after dark)...but I did get some pictures of Aaron at his really COOL spot!
We saw some STUNNING sunsets from the top of Davis Mountains!
We also had fun figuring out how to photograph the moon!
Well that is part 1 of our trip! I still have many many pictures to share!! But I am going to take a break for now. :-)
Until next time,