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Dinosaur Valley State Park, located just northwest of Glen Rose in Somervell County, is a nice park set astride the Paluxy River.  Long ago, dinosaurs left footprints in the mud at the edge of an ancient ocean. Today, you can walk in their tracks in the bed of the Paluxy River (unless its rained recently).

Park Entrance

Park Entrance

 

Park office with dinosaur in the rock design.

Park office with dinosaur in the rock design.

 

Display inside the park office.

Display inside the park office.

 

Another picture in the office.

Another picture in the office.

 

This pair of fiberglass dinosaurs were constructed for the New York City World's Fair in 1964-65. They were donated to the park in 1970.

There is a pair of fiberglass dinosaurs near the entrance that were constructed for the New York City World’s Fair in 1964-65. They were donated to the park in 1970.

 

The other dinosaur from New York City!

Ed with the other dinosaur from New York City!

 

"The Blue Hole" swimming area with no life guard.

“The Blue Hole” swimming area with no life guard.

 

Small amphitheater used by the Park Rangers for nature, star, and fossil talks.

Small amphitheater used by the Park Rangers for nature, star, and fossil talks.

 

Where to find the tracks display.

Where to find the tracks display.

 

Tracks were under water from recent rains.

When we looked for the tracks we found them to be under water from recent rains.

This attraction is down the road a ways from the State Park. It offers 20 acres of walkways that feature life-size dinosaurs and an impressive fossil dig where children can search for authentic fossils.  Entrance fee is $12.00.  We didn’t go in.

Attraction outside the state park. It is $12.00 entry fee. We didn't go it.

Dinosaur World.

 

Fiberglass dinosaur on the entrance.

Fiberglass dinosaur on the entrance.

 

Another one on the entrance.

Another one on the entrance.

 

The building is guarded.

The building is guarded.

Bored with reading I decided to collect my yard art and paint it up. I am not finished with all of it, but these are the pieces I’ve done so far.

I first did the metal cat. Poor thing was so rusty. He needed a new artificial flower too.

Cat holding a flower pot (artificial flower).

Cat holding a flower pot (artificial flower).

My next attempt was the frogs. There was no way I could reach all the places that needed paint, but it looks pretty good from a distance.

The Momma on the motorcycle.

The Momma on the motorcycle.

 Baby Froggy along for a ride in the side car.

Baby Froggy along for a ride in the side car.

A rusty birdhouse next caught my attention. Painting the vines was quite a chore.

Three room apartment bird house.

Three room apartment bird house.

The next birdhouse was ceramic, but the paint had faded to white.

Cardinal birdhouse.

Cardinal birdhouse.

The ceramic goldfish near the pond had also faded to white. So they got a new coat of paint.

Goldfish resting near the fish pond.

Goldfish resting near the fish pond.

I am currently painting a metal whirligig.

After walking at Hardberger Park today we drove on into San Antonio to see the Grotto on the Riverwalk.

Approaching the grotto from the riverwalk.

Approaching the grotto from the riverwalk.

Waterfall inside the grotto.

Waterfall inside the grotto.

Viewing the grotto from the street level.

Viewing the grotto from the street level.

Built in bench with monster peeking over.

Built in bench with monster peeking over.

Nearby shaded benches.

Nearby shaded benches.

View of the grotto from the shaded bench.

View of the grotto from the shaded bench.

Close-up of the grotto's sea shells.

Close-up of the grotto’s sea shells.

Bench with sea shell icicles.

Bench with sea shell icicles.

Another waterfall at the grotto.

Another waterfall at the grotto.

Man-made tree stump with cactus.

Man-made tree stump with cactus.

Monster walkway down into the grotto.

Monster walkway entrance down into the grotto.

Roots of the man-man tree stump!

Man-made roots of the man-man tree stump!

Looking out under the waterfall.

Looking out under the waterfall.

There has been a lot of  activity in Hamilton, the adding of new waymarks, so we headed over to take come pictures and “collect” the them. On the way we passed this interesting historical marker.

 

Though never as numerous as some national groups emigrating from Europe, Norwegians left an imprint of rural life in Texas. This marker commemorates the dedication of FM 219 in Bosque County as "Cleng Peerson Memorial Highway"

Though never as numerous as some national groups emigrating from Europe, Norwegians left an imprint of rural life in Texas. This marker commemorates the dedication of FM 219 in Bosque County as “Cleng Peerson Memorial Highway”

 

Pecan Creek Park is an oasis just a block from the downtown square.

Our first stop in Hamilton was the Park.  Pecan Creek Park is an oasis just a block from the downtown square.

 

Park features a beautiful gazebo next to the creek.

The park features a beautiful gazebo next to the creek.

 

Independent Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF) Cemetery with an archway.

Independent Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF) Cemetery with an archway.

 

Marker tells story of how teacher Ann Whitney protected her children from an attack by Indians, and died in the process.

Marker tells story of how teacher Ann Whitney protected her children from an attack by Indians, and died in the process.

 

Howard Cemetery, an old cemetery now surrounded by houses.

Howard Cemetery, an old cemetery now surrounded by houses.

 

Organized Sept. 5, 1880, its building was first frame church erected in Hamilton. This brick sanctuary was erected in 1947.

Organized Sept. 5, 1880, its building was first frame church erected in Hamilton. This brick sanctuary was erected in 1947.

 

St. Mary's Episcopal Church, built in 1896 a block off the downtown square, is the first Episcopal Church in Hamilton.

St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, built in 1896 a block off the downtown square, is the first Episcopal Church in Hamilton.

 

An obviously rescued truss bridge without any other information stands outside the Hamilton TX Historical Museum.

An obviously rescued truss bridge without any other information stands outside the Hamilton TX Historical Museum.

 

The First United Methodist Church of Hamilton Texas is site number 355 on the list of historic sites kept by the Methodist Church.

The First United Methodist Church of Hamilton Texas is #355 on the list of historic sites kept by the Methodist Church.

 We took a different route home so we could pass St. Olaf’s Kirke better known as “The Old Rock Church”.

St. Olaf Kirke, commonly referred to as The Rock Church, is a small Lutheran church located outside of Cranfills Gap, Texas, United States, in an unincorporated rural community known as Norse, Texas.

St. Olaf Kirke, is a small former Lutheran church located outside of Cranfills Gap, Texas.  It is now rented out for weddings, reunions, etc.

 

Archway to the cemetery held up by white limestone rocks. Cemetery is not fenced.

Archway to the cemetery next to the old church.

 

The First United Methodist Church of Valley Mills, Texas is site number 371 on the list of historic sites kept by the Methodist Church.

The First United Methodist Church of Valley Mills, TX is #371 on the list of historic sites kept by the Methodist Church.

In early 1932 a dam was built to control flooding of Pecan Bayou. In 1933 land bordering the new lake was bought to establish a State Park.

In 1933 the CWA began construction using local men who were part of the Emergency Conservation Work Program. In 1934 CCC Company 872 arrived to continue the work. They stayed a year and then in 1936 CCC Company 849 arrived to take up the work. They remained until 1942 when the work was complete.  We were interested in seeing the work done by the CCC.

The rock wall is our first look at the CCCs handiwork.

The rock wall is our first look at the CCCs handiwork.

Steps on a hiking trail.

Steps on a hiking trail.

Resting on the climb up the steps.

Resting on the climb up the steps.

All that is left of a rock bench.

All that is left of a rock bench.

CCC built recreation hall.

CCC built recreation hall.

36th Division Memorial Monument.

36th Division Memorial Monument.

Fish cleaning pavilion.

Fish cleaning pavilion.

Tower of the recreation hall.

You can climb thetTower of the recreation hall for a great view of the lake.

Wall protecting people from cliff.

Wall protecting people from cliff.

Fireplace inside the recreation hall.

Fireplace inside the recreation hall.

Another example of walls the CCC built.

Another example of walls the CCC built.

CCC plaque.

CCC plaque.

Another CCC plaque.

Another CCC plaque.

Looking at another wall.

Looking at another wall.

Grand Stairway goes all the way to the lake.

Grand Stairway goes all the way to the lake.

Looking back up the Grand Staircase.

Looking back up the Grand Staircase.

One of the 16 cabins the CCC built.

One of the 16 cabins the CCC built.

They have modernized the cabins with a new metal roof and air conditioning unit.

They have modernized the cabins with a new metal roof and air conditioning unit.

Carol, Ed and I walked yesterday evening to take part in the Christmas Stroll. Salado hosts this event the first two weekends in December. There is live music and lots of people from 5pm-7pm Friday-Sunday.

Lovely carriage rides are available.

Lovely carriage rides are available.

Carol

Carol

Huge metal iris.

Huge metal iris.

Bed and Breakfast

Bed and Breakfast

Pretty dapple gray pulling this ride.

Pretty dapple gray pulling this ride.

Another old home decorated for Christmas.

Another old home decorated for Christmas.

"Leftovers" carved by Jeremy Johnson.

“Leftovers” carved by Jeremy Johnson.

Metal angels holding Christmas wreaths.

Metal angels holding Christmas wreaths.

Bronze monkey in front of the Visitor's Center.

Bronze monkey in front of the Visitor’s Center.

"Ancient Nature" carving.

“Ancient Nature” carving.

Lovely bench.

Lovely bench.

Santa and reindeer.

Santa and reindeer.

Another metal flower sculpture.

Another metal flower sculpture.

Ed chatting with Santa.

Ed chatting with Santa.

Lights on Dodd's Creek Pedestrian Bridge.

Lights on Dodd’s Creek Pedestrian Bridge.

Hodge podge Christmas decorations

Hodge podge Christmas decorations.

Not a rocking horse, but a rocking motorcycle.

Not a rocking horse, but a rocking motorcycle.

Nicely lighted store front.

Nicely lighted store front.

Metal cactus flower with Christmas Trees.

Metal cactus flower with Christmas Trees.

Back over Salado Creek to our car and finish.

Back over Salado Creek to our car and finish.

We stopped here to add the Museum as a waymark, but I took way too many car pictures to leave it at that.  It gets its own post.  Admission is $12.00.  The Museum is open Monday through Friday: 9am to 4pm and  Saturday: 9am to 5pm.

The building appears to have been an old dealership.

The building appears to have been an old dealership.

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Old gas pumps near entrance.

Old gas pumps near entrance.

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Now I’m not much of a corvette fan, but the whole showroom floor was covered in them. 

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All of the cars have been restored to original condition. The engines are showroom clean, batteries are kept on chargers, and the entire rolling stock is cranked up at least twice a week.

No food is actually served here.

No food is actually served here.

 

Restroom area.

Restroom Area.

 

Corvette Station Wagon - Only one made.

Corvette Station Wagon – Only one made.

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This is just a small sampling of the wonderfully restored cars housed at this museum. It is well worth a visit.