Texas Rangers

We started off our day in Arlington with a picnic in a large park along the Trinity River. Then we headed to Globe Life Park, home of the Texas Rangers.

This was the 10th MLB stadium we’ve seen as a family. The stadium was nice but man was it hot! After a few innings in the sun, we retreated to seats further from the action, but in the shade.

The Rangers ended up losing against the White Sox, 10 to 5. Afterwards, the boys and I got to run the bases.


Fort Worth Stockyards

Longhorn cattle everywhere! We saw the famous cattle drive at the Fort Worth Stockyards twice throughout the day, and visited them when they weren’t walking up and down the main road.

Along with the cows, we visited the Stockyards museum, where we learned about the cattle drive, Fort Worth history, and saw the second longest running light bulb.

The boys ran though a human-sized maze in the afternoon, before we finished off the day with steaks at Riscky’s Steakhouse.


Perot Museum Of Nature And Science

This huge museum in Dallas had it all: sports science, dinosaurs, minerals, space, earthquake machines, meteorology, evolution, and hands on STEM activities. And, being Texas, there was also quite an extensive exhibit on hydraulic fracking.


Oklahoma City

After driving from Texas to Oklahoma, we spent the rest of the afternoon exploring the State Capitol. It was under construction but luckily still open, so we had the whole place to ourselves.

We spent the evening watching the OKC Dodgers play at their nice stadium in the Bricktown neighborhood of the city. After the game, they had an awesome fireworks show for the Fourth of July.


Cadillac Ranch

Outside of Amarillo, TX there are ten old Cadillacs buried halfway in the ground. Visitors are encouraged paint them as part of an interactive art installation.

There wasn’t much else to do between OKC and Albuquerque, so we all pretended to be graffiti artists. The boys managed to spray paint the cars more than themselves.


Albuquerque, NM

Albuquerque has a nice old town that we walked around during the morning, before having a picnic lunch next to the Rio Grande River. We spend the afternoon at the International Balloon Museum, where we learned more that we ever knew there was to know about ballooning.


Grand Canyon National Park

The Grand Canyon is one of my favorite places on the Earth. We dealt with some monsoon rains while we were there, but it was still beautiful.

We hiked about a mile down into the canyon on Bright Angel trail, much easier going down than coming up. Gavin made friends with a squirrel, who was ready to come home with him.


Casting Spells In Hogsmeade

A little over a week ago, my Grandma passed away, at the age of 96. It was hard on all of us, but especially the boys, who had grown very close to her and are too young to really understand death. So, Aliciana and I decided to give the boys a happy memory to help offset the sadness.

We traveled up to Universal Studios, and made sure to see Ollivander’s wand matching ceremony, where a wand is picked out for an audience member. Afterwards, they let you out in the wand shop, where they have about 50 different types of (very expensive) wands, which allow you to perform spells at interactive spots in Hogsmeade.

While walking around the shop, I told the boys to each pick out their favorite wand, and I would buy it for them. The looked at me with blank stares… they didn’t believe me. Only after several moments did they realize I was serious and they got excited. The boys spent the rest of the afternoon practicing our magic spells.

Connor’s favorite ride is Transformers, so we had to go save the Allspark, before heading back to Hogsmeade for dinner at the Three Broomsticks. Then we did some more spell casting, rode on the Harry Potter rides a bunch, and saw the light show they project on Hogwarts castle. It was a very magical day.