Scenes from our Journey!
view our photo album!
Teachers - Connect your classroom today and get involved in our journey!
Contact us!
  • Find us on Facebook
  • Follow us on Twitter
  • View our photos on Flickr
  • Subscribe via RSS
Journeys Through America is a nonprofit organization providing educational material for all school-aged children across the country. The program will form partnerships with local school districts to provide children with a new, interactive, educational experience integrating the history of America and its National Parks. Journeys Through America's goal is to foster a fun and adventurous learning environment that will promote altruistic growth within our children and our greater community.

Guadalupe Mountains National Park

By Jul 22nd 2010 No Comments »

A quick drive through mid-western Texas and we reached our next destination, Guadalupe Mountains National Park.  Before we even dive into what we did at the park, we’d like to note one really interesting fact. The Guadalupe Mountains were once submerged by an ancient inland sea during the Permian period.  And the mountains themselves were actually once a flourishing reef. Pretty neat huh?  In fact, fossilized remains of the submerged sea-life are still visible during your journey through the park.

We arrived Tuesday afternoon and set up camp at Pine Springs Campground – a small campground of about 20 or so sites nestled amongst the Guadalupe’s.  A quick stop at the visitor center to get our bearings, and we were off to hike the Smith Springs Trail which took us on a 2.3 mile loop into areas of thick vegetation made possible only by the springs. Tall trees and numerous different plant species crowded areas near the naturally flowing water, while 100 yards in any direction will place you in a barren area surrounded by cacti, desert plants and the hot Texas heat.

After a long afternoon exploring the park, we were excited to get back to the campsite and relax. Another two course meal provided by Mountain House left us pleasantly plump.  As we were cleaning up the dishes, two other fellow campers stopped to chat about the park, where we headed next, and even what we all had for dinner.  They were extremely nice and helpful, and we were overly pleased by the camper camaraderie – something that we have been deprived of since most campgrounds have been relatively empty.

Contribue to the Conversation!