The End is Near (yesterday)

Well, 2016 is coming to an end. Fast. A little over a week left. (I’m just now getting around to posting this on the first day of 2017)

It has been a great year. Here’s a small run down of events:

March- Over spring break we went camping at Martin Dies, Jr., and Galveston Island State Parks. We fished. Ate at a place suggested by my sister. It turned out to be a dud. 
Somewhere in here I was able to get most of the garden spruced up and planted for spring.

April- For some reason we decided to take the dogs camping with us. In their 9 and 10 years of living, they’d never been camping with us. It was great to share the great outdoors with them. It was a wet and cold weekend at Cleburne State Park.

May- Harvested garlic. Wait, no I didn’t. We didnt get any garlic this year. Stupid chickens destroyed it all. At the end of the month we had a big family camping trip to Fairfield State Park. My parents came out, as did my sister and her family. Chris made a cobbler. The kids fished.

June- The kids liked Galveston so much back in March they wanted to go back. So, we found a cheap motel for a few days and let them swim until they were content. Then we went fishing.
The garden gave us tomatoes. Lots of them.

July- By far the highlight of the year as a family. We spent a week in South Dakota at Custer Star Park in a small cabin. We fished. A lot. The kids had blast fishing and visiting the bison we had seen the previous year. We explored more of the town of Custer and had lunch one day at a taco truck. We went swimming at Bismark Lake and froze our butts off. During a detour drive we found Wind Cave National Park and really enjoyed ourselves. We also found the middle of the contiguous United States on our way home in Kansas. Oh and a big ball of twine.

August- We celebrated the both kids birthdays. Zoe turned 8 and Grayson turned 5. It was about this time the garden burned up from triple digits.

September- Stephanie and I celebrated our 10 year wedding anniversary. We went to Puerto Aventuras, Mexico for 4 days and 3 nights. The water was clear and the drinks we plentiful. Love you babe.

October- The first part of October we went camping at Copper Breaks State Park near Quanah, Texas. It was fun times, indeed. No fish were caught. The last weekend we camped out at Lake Ray Roberts State Park with my parents. We tried to fish but came up empty. I harvested sweet potatoes sometime. The bounty wasn’t that great.

November- We went camping at Cedar Hill State Park for Thanksgiving. It was a first. We usually do Thanksgiving at our house, but I was able to convince the wife to try something different. The weather turned out to be pleasant. My parents camped for the few nights we were there and Stephanie’s came out for the day.

Family vacation came and went

Just as fast as the trout were caught, filleted, and cooked.

We travelled up to South Dakota. The Black Hills. We loved it so much on our two week road trip last year we made it our family vacation for 2016. 

We did some stuff on the way up, like visit Carhenge.

We fished a lot once we got there. Zoe caught a keeper. 

We stayed in a tiny cabin in Custer State Park. The area is rich in history from Native Americans, to Badger Clark. 

We were able to explore a little bit more of the area this year. Bismark lake in the Black Hills National Forest was dang near empty when we showed up. One car in the parking lot besides ours. We fished here for a bit and caught two keepers before turning our sights to swimming and hiking around.

Our last full day in South Dakota we stumbled upon Wind Cave National Park. It was around 11:45 when we arrived and the next cave tour wasnt until 2:00. We didn’t expect to be out exploring past lunch and the near town was 10 miles out. A bit bummed when walked around the visitor center and headed back to the car. For some reason, the peanut butter and jelly was left in the car from a few days ago. In that same basket was our bread. We immediately walked back inside and signed up for that tour before it sold out. Finding a shade tree, we took a long lunch before making our way to the tour start. I must say, it was pretty cool. 

On our way back we stopped by one of the creepiest paces I’ve been too in a long time. The geographical center of the lower 48 states. 

Happy 4th!

Its the fourth of July, 2016. Its also the first post on here in God knows how long.

I aint gonna lie, I’m not really into this blogging thing as much as I used to be, but maybe I’ll try and update this more.

Meh. We’ll see.