I had planned to do nothing but work on my needle work tool case project this past Sunday, but Scott decided he needed to get out of the house. I told him I had no desire to do anything but then he said those magical words, “State Park”. I was dressed and getting my shoes on before he got the word park out.
This time we visited the Dinosaur Valley State Park just outside Glen Rose, Texas. What a unique place that was.
We did the normal sign photos and signing in. We were once again reminded how important getting the Texas State Parks Pass is to this project. We have already paid in entrance fees in what we would have paid for the pass. Not only this, but we would be getting a discount on the items purchased at the stores in each park. I am glad we are purchasing one for 2015.
Anyway, we did the drive through the camping area to get an idea of what the camp sites were like. The areas were clean and in good shape. We have started looking at the sizes of the parking areas within the sites to see what size of RVs will fit. We found a few areas that would allow a good sized rig in; but if there was a fourty footer, fitting would be a bit of a challenge. This has given us a pretty good idea what we are looking at when we start looking at the RV we decided to get. However, that is a totally different conversation for another time.
Finishing with the camping area, Scott and I drove to the area where the dinosaur tracks are located but there was a paved pathway we decided to take before going down into the river area. About halfway along the path was a small cut out and we saw the Oceans of Grass information. Scott was telling me about how tall the grasses use to get; while he was telling me, I took a short video. You can find that here: http://youtu.be/TLmcCtShcLk
We made it to the end of the paved trail only to come to a dead end. As you can see this part of the pathway has been washed away and it is no longer safe to walk on. This, however, was the reason we were at this place. If it weren’t for the river’s rushing waters, we would never have known about this place’s secret. Well, it isn’t really a secret; everyone knows about the dinosaur tracks here.
Here are famous tracks in the limestone river bed. You can see there was a large four-footed creature walking along what was an ocean beach at one time. If you take a bit of time and really look the above photo over, you will see there are three sets of prints in the stone. It is believed a herd passed through here. It was a very eye-opening experience for me. If you can’t see it, you can see an artist’s vision and a bit of information about this site here: http://youtu.be/C4trqLreseY
I was very interested in the size of these prints so I stepped next to one. It was HUGE! Fortunately, Scott wanted a photo taken of him in the print. I think the photo came out pretty good.
One of the things I loved most about this trip was that I was able to play with rocks and stack them as I have seen in many photos. I had forgotten how much fun it was. It was a good day to explore, play and learn.
Ren & Scott