Journey Jotters

Bitten by the travel bug

The JJ family re-visited the Dallas Zoo over the fourth of July weekend as part of the “Show-off Dallas” to our visiting family plan. The last time we visited was in 2015, and since then, much has changed with the Zoo. We considered the Fort Worth Zoo, but the Zoo has moved some animals to …

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This post is the next in our series, Hidden Gems, where we visit places hidden in plain view, in and around Dallas, that we have explored this summer and in the past. You can access that series of posts here.

In my earlier post, I detailed our weekend experience in a Getaway cabin. I wished to share my final thoughts in a separate post. The essence of a Getaway cabin is to connect with nature and detach from technology, allowing for relaxation. Social distancing in nature and a chance to reconnect with each other without …

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Yesterday, I posted about the essence of Getaway cabins. For Thanksgiving last year, I booked a Getaway cabin in the Dallas Outpost at LaRue, Texas. This area forms a part of the Piney Woods, known for its thick pine forests. LaRue is about two and a half hours from our home in North Texas.

2020 will forever be a watershed moment, a time when our lives became irreversibly divided into the pre-and post-pandemic periods. Like most people, we spent the greater part of the year staying home, venturing out only for important activities like work, groceries, or nature walks. We booked and canceled cabin stays when cases became exceptionally …

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I wrote all about our first visit to Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge here. Last weekend, we returned to hike the longest trail there, the Meadow Pond Trail. At 2.85 miles one way, the hike would be just shy of 6 miles. The path leads past Deaver Pond and Meadow Pond to the end and back. …

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This post is the next in our series, Hidden Gems, where we visit places hidden in plain view, in and around Dallas, that we have explored this summer and in the past. You can access that series of posts here. Dallas has so many hiking trails, and it has now become a habit for Mr. JJ …

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