One of the things that James and I try to do is have at least a couple of nights a month. As we were looking for date night ideas that range in price, I thought that this might be a great series for us over the next couple of months. That is when the ideas for Dating in DFW series came to mind. The first post, our introduction to Dating in DFW is a list of date night ideas. I am passionate about still having date nights even after James and I moved in together. We have to have time away from the children and also from my mother. Want to sponsor a Date Night Idea? Use the Work With Us contact form.
Over the weekend we headed out to Six Flags Over Texas. When checking our passes Saturday morning, I noticed that the month of September we had the option of bringing a friend for free, on both Skyler’s and my passes. This meant that we could bring James and Rhyan without it costing us anything more. Â We had one Deluxe Dining Pass and a sports bottle so we would only need a little extra for food for all of us. This was a test run to see if Rhyan could ride anything and if we could all enjoy the day. We have been discussing purchasing a membership for James, but that would mean we would have to get a sitter for Rhyan all the time if she didn’t get one. We needed to make up our minds about upgrading our Six Flags Over Texas Passes from two to the family four pack special.
Last year, the art institute had an assignment where we had to go out and photograph a local business and their products. I knew that I wanted to go out to the local wings place that is a hidden gem right outside of Dallas but has the best hot wings in all of DFW. Seriously you will not find a better wing than that at Phat Wings.
Last year, my Uncle Bill and I went up on the mountain when we were vacationing in Tennessee. One of Uncle Bill’s favorite places to go is Windrock Park, AÂ Â 72,000 acres of off-road experience that you can not miss if you are traveling up into East Tennessee. Uncle Bill’s friends were thrilled when I told them I wanted to go up and take pictures up in the mountains and see The Great Smoky Mountains. It really was smoky in the morning and getting in the ATV’s and riding up into the mountains was a fun and a thrill even though I have been with them before a few years ago. It is always a thrill simply because my uncle is 80 years old and his friends are in their 60’s and 70’s now. I trust these men with my life as we climb up the mountains and ride down paths that have huge cliffs and overlooks. After getting up into the mountain, it was already smoggy but it was still morning. On a clear day, you can see for miles. This was just the first little stop that the men wanted to show me. They kept telling me that the sites would be beautiful when we get to their favorite spot, but it would take a couple of hours to get up there. Let’s just say, the spot we find later in the day did not fail me and I will show you soon if you keep reading. Â About halfway through our day, we stopped to have lunch and look around. I captured a quick snap of the men walking away from me back up to their ATV’s. Uncle Bill always has us pack plenty of water and lots of healthy snacks. We get dirty and hot on these trips. If I would make a suggestion about what to bring with you, WATER and Gatorade if you are making this an all-day trip. The men’s atv’s had space in the back for a cooler, so pack a few healthy snacks and something cool to eat. We had ham sandwiches with us but he also packed some tomatoes and lettuce for a different snack. We really didn’t plan on staying as long as we did this trip, so I am glad we were ready and brought enough for the day. Check out a few of the photos I took while out investigating. Now onto the site that I am in love with and I have even told James when we started dating that I AM getting married at this spot. Plain and simple. He still knows that when we get to that point that this is where we will get married. Well I hope, I have never asked Windpark if it is even possible. Opps. Maybe if Windrock sees this they will let us all know if those wanting to get married on a mountaintop can here??? I am not sure what this area was called now but this… this is it for me. It was the pinnacle of our trip and what I wanted to see more than anything. The rock formation is like a set of seats that have been carved out over time and while we were up there for a while, we were never disturbed or had other park guests near us. My Uncle and his friend John stood out near the end and enjoyed the view. This. This is where I will get married one day. The last part of our trip was a visit to a little church and then two more spots. Then disaster hit. We ended up with a flat tired on Uncle bills ATV just as we were heading down and back to the truck. Â I will say that the other guest at the park that stopped to make sure we were ok were wonderful and we let them know that we were waiting for the truck to come and get us since we were not far from where we unloaded. What to Visit Windrock Park? Every visitor to the park must have a permit. If you visit their site HERE Â you will find current pricing but whenÂ this article was written below is the current pricing. Permit Costs PERMIT TYPE ADULTS 12 AND UNDER One Day $20.05 $10.02 Two Day $36.45 $18.22 Three Day $50.11 $24.60 Four Day $60.14 $30.07 Annual $91.12 $45.56 *Excludes Sales Tax Don’t have an ATV? Find out about the rentals for theirs HERE. If you want to know more about their campground, visit the campground page. Â They offer cabins, RV sites, and primitive sites. Hopefully, my uncle will be up for it the next time we visit East Tennessee so we can go back, otherwise, I am hanging out with his friends for the day.
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Over the weekend, James, the kids, and I went to the Southwest RV Supershow at Dallas Market Hall as we search for the right RV for our family. We have a few things that are a must on any RV that we end up choosing. One, we must have bunks. We did see three RV’s that we ended up loving and all three had the bunks that we are looking for. We loved the Tiffin Phaeton that is in the start of the video, but it will take us a while to be able to afford this coach. But this or the Foretravel coach is our ultimate goal in one day owning. We have also been considering a 5th wheel for the most part, and when we saw the Open Range with the bunkhouse and 1 1/2 bath, we loved it also, and this floor plan is perfect for us with pushing the kids to the other side of the RV and enough room in there for all three kids. Then we have the Jayco Precept Gas class A at the end. This is a coach with sleeping for everyone and not having to turn the couch out for when we have Jacob with us. He could sleep in either the bunk, or in the over the driver bunk. Class A Diesel vs Gas vs 5th wheel In the long run, we would prefer to own a Diesel Class A RV over the gas. But, that will be once we go full time. So which one should we purchase in the long run? We are still doing a lot of research but I believe that we have decided on the Class A’s simply for the towing capabilities. James had the awesome idea of having Escape Pod written on our tow car. This way when we are driving around a city and exploring new places and sites, we are not using as much gas. A diesel class a is in our future, but might take us a little longer to get into. I am not a fan of the Class C’s because of the windshield and want to be able to see everything on the road as we are driving. [wp_ad_camp_3] What Else did we see at the Southwest RV Supershow? We talked to Grand Canyon Railway & HotelÂ and entered their contest and gave our information also. The railway also offers the Polar Express train ride, and that may be something that we will be doing soon, we also know we will be visiting Arizona because of Skyler’s father so this is just one more stop for us while we are there. The next stop was the Workamper NewsÂ booth where we picked up a few magazines and spoke with Steve and Kathy for an extended time frame. Inside of their magazines you can find work opportunities all over the states and some pay you plus your spot for your rig. Wind Point Park is in Lake Tawakoni just around the corner from where we are home based right now. I have a few friends that also go to Wind Point a lot on the weekends. The staff at the booth gave us some information, maps, and more, and also on one of the flyers we have a free night at one of the RV sites. I think everyone knows about Escapees in the RV community. We also stopped by their booth and grabbed a few things from them including a magazine, brochure on their mail service, and also about their RVERS’ Boot Camp from March 9-11 next year at Joe Pool Lake Campgrounds. James and I will most likely be attending this even if we don’t have our own personal RV yet, it will be a great opportunity to learn also. Hopefully we will have our RV then, but who knows yet. The last booth Megan really went to was the Norwex and learned about some awesome products we may be getting for our house now, but will be space saving for the RV also. Megan is also considering joining them as a consultant in the future.