After four years in Fort Worth, we finally had the chance to venture down to the land of dinosaurs in Glen Rose, TX. We have heard great things about Dinosaur Valley State Park, and we finally found an open weekend to go down there. On Saturday morning, we packed up the car with our camping gear, play clothes, and delicious food. It takes a little over an hour to get down there, so we were all set up and ready to camp by early afternoon. The state park has a lot of great features, including hiking trails, a river for swimming, and even some life-sized (we took the scientist's word for it) dinosaurs. Just about everywhere you go, you can see footprints from actual dinosaurs, which is pretty cool. Apparently, dinosaur tracks were so commonplace in Glen Rose that people used to cut them out of the riverbank and sell them as souvenirs. Of course, the reality of camping also has its challenges. We all crammed into our 4-person tent to sleep, which was not as magical as seeing authentic dinosaur footprints. We bumped and banged into each other all night, and there were some VERY loud birds that made a point of screeching. All. Night. Long. There were also some loud homo sapiens that wanted to stay up late and yell at each other. That's always entertaining. Other than those few issues that tend to arise when you sleep outside in nature around other people, the weekend was a lot of fun. The boys both liked swimming in the river the most, and I can't say I blame them. There isn't a much better way to spend a hot day after you've been hiking around. I am pretty sure we will go back to Glen Rose again to see some of the other sites. When we do, we will keep an eye and ear out for any strange sounds or rumblings. You never know when there might be a giant lizard looking over your shoulder. You can see more pics from our weekend below.