Lake Mineral Wells State Park & Trailway

Lake Mineral Wells State Park & Trailway is one of eighty parks in the State of Texas and is operated by the Texas Parks & Wildlife.  It is located just 45 minutes west of Fort Worth, approximately 1.5 hours west of Dallas, and within five minutes of Mineral Wells, a town known for its healing waters in the 1900’s. 

The park includes a lake, twelve miles of trails, several campgrounds including 20 sites for equestrians, a rock-climbing area, and boat rentals from flat-bottom boats with trolling motors to paddle boards.  There is also a 20-mile trailway which connects the park to Mineral Wells and the City of Weatherford.

Annie and I visited the park for hiking and hiked most of the twelve miles of trails over two days and followed the trailway toward Mineral Wells until we ran into a current trail closure.


Lake Rita Blanca State Park

Lake Rita Blanca State Park, once the northernmost state park in Texas, is now owned and operated by the City of Dalhart.  Since it is now maintained by the city, “state” is removed from the name and it is now known as Lake Rita Blanca Park.  As suggested by its name, the park features Lake Rita Blanca along with many trails, parking and camping areas, and playground and pavilion. The park is located just 2.5 miles south of town.

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Day 99 – Texas Hill Country

Day 99 of a Year Long Road Trip Along America’s Scenic Byways

After a month break at home, from Christmas to the Super Bowl, I’m back on the road again.  Going to the Super Bowl on Sunday made for an exciting and very long day.  Knowing how I started out the last 99 days, jetlagged and exhausted from leaving right after a trip to Africa, I settled for a late morning start.  While I took the morning to tie up loose ends, I feel better prepared for this leg of the journey.  VANilla is packed more appropriately. 

I added and deleted some items, but overall, I’m carrying less with me now.  I think the hardest items to pack are clothing.  This fall when I left, it was so hot in Texas, I could hardly force myself to pack long pants, sweaters, and jackets and frankly I didn’t have much to choose from for 70 days!  This February, Dallas has been brutally cold.  I’m quite certain the whole world knows this with the Super Bowl coverage or should I say debacle leading up to game day.  Anyway, despite knowing I’d be on the road for the next 8 months, and thus during the entire summer, I think I packed lots of heavy clothes.