An Idyllic Fall Weekend in the Country with Family

Somewhere north of Dallas, about four-and-a-half hours away from here, there’s an A-frame house nestled on the side of a country road, surrounded by sycamore, pecan and walnut trees. Inside live my cousin and her husband. Their three grown kids have headed out to their respective urban pastures, but the kids’ personalities bound throughout the home with so much liveliness, you’d think they still live there! And that’s wonderful, because Callaghan and I missed them when we went up to spend the weekend.

 

We spent a perfect fall weekend with my cousins at their home in the country just north of Dallas.

We spent a perfect fall weekend with my cousins at their home in the country just north of Dallas.

 

So that is where we went when we took off early on Saturday morning, and where we stayed until late Sunday afternoon, and that is why this post is a day late – because of all the pictures! I took over 200, and it was revealed after the fact that somehow, the image file size setting in my camera had gotten bumped up to 16mgs, which made re-sizing them rather time-consuming. Add to that the usual selection process and some errands to run, and, well, here we are on Tuesday with Monday’s post. (Sorry about that.)

In addition to re-connecting with my cousins, the weekend involved fossil-hunting in their creek-bed (there’s a creek and a bridge on their property), a go-kart spin on their road, a visit to Ray Roberts Lake, a visit to my cousin’s daughter’s house (which was excellent, because we got to meet their new son-in-law, though their daughter couldn’t be there), and a visit to the University of North Texas, where my cousin’s husband works.  Most importantly, there was lots of conversation over great food. (Note to Self: ask cousin for the recipe for her delicious vegetable curry!) It all made for an interesting and fun and totally unique time that we wished could have gone on longer. We hope it isn’t too long before we can see them again.

With that, here’s a slew of photos, which fail to convey the splendid and unexpected fall magic that is fossil-hunting in northern Texas. Imagine going apple-picking for the rarest of apples in a privately-owned orchard! Honestly, though, I think the company we were in had everything to do with the marvelous time we had. There is nothing like family.

 

Fall is lovely in the country north of Dallas. This is my cousins' bridge. The creek lies beneath.

Fall is lovely in the country north of Dallas. This is my cousins’ bridge. The creek lies beneath.

 

 

A fossil amongst the fallen leaves in the creek-bed

A fossil amongst the fallen leaves in the creek-bed

 

 

Look what we found!

Look what we found!

 

 

Fossil finds

Fossil finds

 

 

Turning the bend

Turning the bend

 

 

A perfect little fossilized shell!

A perfect little fossilized shell!

 

 

I can smell the fragrance of the country fall air just looking at this picture.

I can smell the fragrance of the country fall air just looking at this picture.

 

 

Stories in the stones

Stories in the stones

 

 

Fossil finds

Fossil finds

 

 

Fossil finds

Fossil finds

 

 

The part of the creek that had water in it in spite of the drought....

The part of the creek that had water in it in spite of the drought….

 

 

Fossil finds

Fossil finds

 

 

In the creek-bed

In the creek-bed

 

 

Fossil finds

Fossil finds

 

 

Fossil finds

Fossil finds

 

 

Fossil finds

Fossil finds

 

 

Callaghan and me (with an ancient snail)

Callaghan and me (with an ancient snail)

 

 

Hidden corners...

Hidden corners…

 

 

The treasures we found!

The treasures we found!

 

 

Our collected fossils

Our collected fossils

 

Saturday night…

 

The Christmas lights they leave up year-round make the place even more magical!

The Christmas lights they leave up year-round make the place even more magical!

 

 

A little décor near the front door. LOVE IT.

A little décor near the front door. LOVE IT.

 

Sunday morning…

 

Callaghan on the go-kart!

Callaghan on the go-kart!

 

 

My turn

My turn

 

 

Pile on!

Pile on!

 

 

The four of us

The four of us

 

And in the afternoon:

 

Overlooking the beach at Ray Roberts Lake

Overlooking the beach at Ray Roberts Lake

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4 thoughts on “An Idyllic Fall Weekend in the Country with Family

  1. Nicky, it was so relaxing! We actually forgot to bring the fossils home. Hmm… maybe we’ll go back to get them soon. =)

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