McDonald Observatory Star Party several weeks before our trip. I was really looking forward to it. The star party began at dark with a researcher sharing information about the constellations while using a laser pointer to show them in the sky. It was an amazingly clear night and there were so many stars visible. After the information portion of the program, visitors were given the opportunity to look through many different telescopes of differing sizes. There was a guide at each telescope telling information about what each particular telescope was aiming at in the sky. Unfortunately, the boys were exhausted after their 6 mile hike in the heat. We only looked through three telescopes before we gave up and left. I was really disappointed, but a couple of the boys were literally laying on the pathway and falling asleep while waiting their turn at the telescopes.
J2's geode split almost perfectly in half.
J4's geode broke completely apart, but he still liked it.
It took awhile to get a picture of J1 with his geode because 15 is an interesting age.
Boogs' geode split pretty evenly.
J3's geode split with just a small chunk falling off. He asked to keep the rest intact because it look so cool.
Marfa Lights. Some of us thought we saw them. We did not get any good pictures of the lights.
On our way back home, we stopped off at our favorite place to swim - Balmorhea State Park. The water was freezing cold but it did not seem to bother the boys.
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