We made it to the Panhandle yesterday in fear that we would meet with a tornado, as all we heard was that there was a possibility where we were heading. On top of all that excitement, we also had to sadly leave behind one of our 4Hers due to illness. We left a little later than planned but it was most likely a good plan. We did have to face rush hour traffic driving through Dallas and even got caught up in a race car stadium traffic. I must say we were glad to arrive at our hotel destination. We picked a hotel with an indoor pool so the children were able to swim after the long 8-hour drive.
We then met with the park ranger again for a review of the plants and even found few new ones. Le'ann also shared some of the legends of the canyon as we made our return trip through the canyon. We had thought we would only spend a couple of hours at the park but it turned out to be the majority of the day. A great experience!
Tomorrow we will find another area to see how well we have retained the information. There were so many pictures and I knew I would never be able to identify all the plants by the time I got home, so we had a review of the day by labeling the plant pictures. I did not realize I had taken almost 200 pictures!!!! We are all worn out and most are sleeping soundly as I type.
Oh...and the tornadoes did go through Oklahoma as predicted but the worst this area had was hail and strong winds. And the winds were definitely powerful. I am surprised the younger ones did not blow away. Praying for those who lost their homes and also that the weather holds so we can enjoy the next two days.