I was in a panic last week! Spring Break just creeped up on me and I had no plans! Luckily, Alani wasn’t paying attention to the dates either until that Friday after school. “We don’t have to go to school next week Mom! So, what am I going to do?” I knew flying somewhere was not an option as Spring Break weekend calls for pretty expensive flights and I hate waited way too late. So, I googled MUST SEE PLACES IN TEXAS and Palo Duro Canyon popped up.
My eyes have never seen something so glorious! Who knew that right here in our own backyard we had a beautiful canyon?! As matter of fact, it is known as the “Grand Canyon of Texas”. Alani thought it would be a pretty cool trip so we booked a hotel, packed our bags and headed out on a 8 hour drive the very next day!
We played ROAD TRIP BINGO and other fun games that made time go by quickly. On our way there we stopped by Cadillac Ranch which is an art installation in Amarillo, Texas that was created back in 1974! 10 Cadillac cars buried nose-first in the ground that people can spray paint! Super fun!
Afterwards, we headed to our hotels to check-in and have a well deserved dip in the pool! The next morning we woke up around 7am (ate free breakfast at the hotel!) and started our hiking adventure. There were 3 trails to choose from. We chose the most challenging trail. The Lighthouse. A 6 mile hike total. It took us about 2 hours to get to the top. We saw a snake in a tree, hedgehog (i think) peaking out of the ground and many families hiking together. This made me smile. Especially, the little kids who were toughing it out! The final part of hike before getting up to the lighthouse was pretty steep. It was easy to slide down if you didn’t really focus. But once you made it to the top…WOW!
I will admit. I was sad to see so many people turn around and give up when they were so close. I encouraged one couple to push through. 2 hours of walking and you don’t want to see what you came here to see?! They did eventually keep going and were amazed once they reached the lighthouse. I think this was important for Alani to see too. What a great life lesson. Never give up. Life is going to be full of highs and lows, rocky roads and sometimes it gets so tough that you want to give up. But don’t quit, because something glorious is waiting for you on the other side.
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