Hot and Fun at The Fort Worth Stockyards

 

Our July 2016 was highlighted by our very good friends’ visit from Illinois! It was a 14-hour-drive for them from Normal, Illinois to Keene, Texas and yet, they made it here in a breeze with God’s awesome protection and countless traveling mercies. It was just a 7-day-stay for them but good enough for us to have created beautiful memories for the future to reminisce. Texas is so big that there are a lot of places to check out but since we didn’t have a lot of time, we just managed to take them to the Dallas-Fort Worth area to the must-see attractions.

First off, we enjoyed Fort Worth Stockyards which is a should-not-be-missed for Texas visitors.

We were a tad late, like 2 minutes only, to see the Parade of the Long Horns. Traffic condition on our way there didn’t allow us to make it on time. It’s okay, we were still able to see the cattles in their homes.Lol.

Triz, Tiara, and Gabriel at the Fort Worth Stockyards Welcome Station

And of course, a selfie with the mommies and kiddos!

Yes, yes! We were thrilled to see these long horns in their homes. It was pretty fascinating to see them upclose. Triz took a picture of one of them very close to her and she was amazed. Seeing these Texan cattles was actually interesting for our Illinoian guests.

And a pose by myself and my sister from different parents, my very good friend E!

We may not have accessed all the corners of the Stockyards because time and the excruciatingly hot temperature that day but we still had a grand time! Soon, on our next visit here, maybe a ride to this Texas “kalesa” will be a part of the agenda. We’ll see!

It is my third time to the Stockyards and yet it never grows old. It is always nice every time, if you don’t mind the summer heat. Otherwise, I believe it is perfect to go there in the Spring or Fall, as the weather will be friendlier on those months.

 


Paddle Board Bits and Pieces

 

When stand-up paddle board enthusiasts imagine the possessions they hold most dear, their paddle boards are likely near the top of their lists. Paddling is extremely versatile, allowing you to enjoy rivers, oceans and lakes easily. All that you have to do is secure your board to the top of your vehicle and head out. While it is simple to transport, the ride may expose your board to potential damage. Protecting your board is important, which is why companies like Stand on Liquid offer board bags and other protective accessories. In addition to protecting your board for the ride, there are also several additional things that you should do to properly care for it so that you can have many more adventures on the water.

Bag your board
When you are traveling with your board, you shouldn’t allow it to be exposed to the weather and to road debris. A board bag is a great option to help your board to last longer while also maintaining its value. While it may not seem likely, you might someday decide to sell your board. Protecting it throughout the time that you own it can give you a higher return down the road. This means that always using your board bag when you are traveling is important, as it can help prevent your board from unsightly dings from rocks and other debris. It is important that you avoid putting your board in your board bag when it is still wet, however, so make sure you dry it thoroughly before your return trip home.

Store your board correctly
Avoid storing your paddleboard outdoors in the sun. Sun exposure for long periods of time may cause your paddle board’s foam core to melt. This can result in it warping. Melted foam can also cause bubbles to form and the laminate coating to flake off. You should make sure that you store it in a dry, cool place away from the sun’s rays.

Observe the proper placement of your board
When you first arrive on the shore, it is important that you place your board properly to avoid damaging the fin. Whether you arrive before or after you have gone paddling, you should place your board with the bottom facing upward. This will help to protect the fin from damage.

Clean your paddle board properly
Salt water is corrosive. You’ll want to avoid allowing the salt water to dry on your board. If you use your board in the ocean, make sure that you rinse it off thoroughly with fresh water after every use. While you are rinsing it off, don’t forget to rinse the automatic air vent. This helps to prevent the salt from the saltwater from crusting in the board’s system.

Keep your board dry when you’re not on the water
Another important thing to do is to make sure that you thoroughly dry your board before you place it in storage. This is especially true for people who live in climates that are colder. If water is trapped inside of your board, freezing could cause the board to expand as it thaws.

Make sure to wipe off your board
Each time you head out on your board, make sure that you thoroughly wipe it down using a towel when you are finished. If you don’t, and there is sand or other debris stuck on it, the surface of your board can become scratched. Your board will be very prone to this type of damage if you head out with friends or family and several boards are stacked on top of one another. Make sure that everyone wipes down their own boards before stacking them.

Take the fins off when you’re not using your board
Make sure to take your fins off of your paddle board every time you are finished using it. While this may seem tedious, it is important because doing so can help your board stay in tip-top shape for a much longer time.

Repair all dings whenever they occur
Whenever you notice a ding on your board, make certain to repair it. This helps to keep the water outside where it belongs. If you don’t repair your dings, there could be a tiny crack that allows water to leak into your board’s foam core. Over time, this can make your board become less buoyant due to its being waterlogged.

Make the most of your board
Caring for your paddle board includes using it as often as possible. Make sure you take your board out regularly for an epic stand-up paddleboard adventure.