It’s always nice to see families with young children out on the hiking trails. Seems like a good sign for the future of parks and trails.
On the Window Trail at Big Bend National Park in Texas, I met the Williams family from Houston. On that day, both children were catching lifts from the parents. However, the day before, the youngster with dad had hiked about a mile on his own! Pretty impressive.
Since I was at a national park in Texas and meeting a family from Texas, I made a comment about staying close to home. They pointed out they drove nine hours to get to Big Bend. Yup, Texas is a big state.
(On my Texas trip, I stayed at Lake Meredith National Recreation Area on the Panhandle after visiting Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument and then the next day drove to Big Bend. Nine hours north to south, all in Texas. Really enjoyed both Alibates Flint Quarries and Big Bend. The drive between the two sites was pretty unique. I don’t think I’ve ever seen land that flat. It made Iowa and Nebraska look very, very hilly.)