Cooper and I set off on our adventure bright and early on Saturday. I opted for the slightly more out of the way, scenic route through hill country because leaving town by traditional highway just didn’t feel right. It was totally worth it. We meandered through the rolling Texas hills and I cried the whole way.
Texas is astounding in its beauty and diversity in landscape. As the land began to flatten, I was struck by the incredible beauty of a horizon dotted with wind turbines. My plan was to stop at Palo Duro Canyon for the night and had it all programed into my map. We drove for hours through flat farmland and as my phone told me I was getting closer, I thought surely this place could not exist. I could see for miles and it was nothing but flat. And then suddenly, there it was. The ground opened up and there was a canyon.
Coop and I explored and hiked, had a picnic lunch and chased butterflies. Unfortunately, they were all booked up for Camping, so we continued driving until it felt like the time to stop.
Yesterday we continued the drive to Denver. Just before exiting New Mexico, I saw a sign for a state park and decided to turn off. Why not? It took us to a beautiful lake that we hiked around. It was incredibly muddy, so Coop was in heaven. The mud was caked on so heavily to my sandals that I felt like one of those mall walker ladies with the ankle weights. The forest of this park had burned in recent years. I kept smelling a campfire in the distance only to realize that it is the smell of this forests history.
I was glad to arrive in Denver where I will be for the next few days visiting cousins. If you want to see more photos, I have lots up on instagram at both Cooper’s and My accounts (@coopterrier and @accmusicblog). Also, if you enjoy this blog, please consider passing it along to your friends. sharing is caring!