Winter is my favorite time to go hiking in south Texas. Most days it’s just perfect outside. I actually had to have the kids change out of their shorts to go, in case it grew late and a little chilly.
I was getting stir crazy! You see lots of our fun outings and trips; I know, but my day-to-day consists of seemingly endless days at home as I homeschool all five of these kiddos. I’m so glad I can do this…but I’m SO happy when I can get OUT! Ya get me? 🙂
So last weekend I twisted my husband’s arm, (really hard) and we took off for a hike at Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge in San Juan, Texas and just spent the whole day out and about. It was GLORIOUS!!!
There are many miles of trail to explore. We enjoyed the day more strolling around and enjoying the scenery than a serious hike, but there are plenty of options for both.
At the center of the park is a Canopy Bridge and separate Observation Tower. My kids’ favorite thing was this amazing rope bridge. I mean, really, unless afraid of heights, what kid wouldn’t love this?
The area is known for birding, and we saw many unique and beautifully colored birds. Unfortunately, I only had my iPhone for photos, and I didn’t get close enough to any of the birds for great shots. I’m glad we remembered the binoculars though and really got great views of the wildlife. Next time I need to remember my camera!!
Oh look at them, my five kids. I just want to grab and squeeze them. I’m at the stage in life where we are planning for my eldest’s future, which will probably be far, far from home. Sniff!
After that I wonder how many more times I will have them all with me to take out and make memories together. I plan to make the most of the next year and a half!
I hope y’all come down and visit us some day in the Rio Grande Valley! When in my neck of the woods, do get out in nature with the family and head out to Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge in San Juan, Texas. Give me a call. I’ll come with ya! 🙂