All kids, it seems, go through a 'dinosaur phase'. And while they may not grow up to be paleontologists, the fascination with dinosaurs never completely goes away.
Dinosaur Valley State Park near Glen Rose, Texas, is one of only a handful of US sites where you can still see dinosaur tracks. Nearly 113 million years ago, at least three different species of dinosaur roamed the edge of a retreating sea. Today you can view their tracks at multiple sites along and in the Paluxy River.
It was a bit intimidating, our first day at the South Dakota Birding Festival. I was packing my basic photography gear (which is really pretty good stuff), and the girls each had their own camera and small binoculars which, we found, are better used for football games than birding. All around us were ‘serious’ birders armed with high-powered binoculars and cameras equipped with prominent zoom lenses.