Year In Review – 2017

I did it! I made all over Texas and got to experience all sorts of things that I would not have considered doing on my own. Goal accomplished 🙂 Yep I am smiling.

The Objective – Visit all State & National Parks in Texas in 2017 … More Year In Review – 2017

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December Road Trip Days 3 – 5 Davis Mountains, Balmorhea, Wyler Aerial Tramway, Franklin Mountains, Hueco Tanks, Guadalupe Mountains, Monahan’s Sandhills, Big Spring & Lake Colorado City

Yes it is a departure from the usual posts and of course there are reasons why. Mainly because there was little to no action at any of these parks. Either I didn’t get to even step foot onto the activity because dogs cannot be left unattended or it was too late or too cold or closed. Needless to say lots of miles of sitting in the car and not a lot of hiking or anything else. … More December Road Trip Days 3 – 5 Davis Mountains, Balmorhea, Wyler Aerial Tramway, Franklin Mountains, Hueco Tanks, Guadalupe Mountains, Monahan’s Sandhills, Big Spring & Lake Colorado City

December Road Trip Day 1 & 2 Marfa, Ft. Leaton, Big Bend Ranch, Barton Warnock & Big Bend National Park (Whew)

Day 1 ended up being a driving day. This was not the original plan, but it was just the way it was. It was a heavy rainy morning which delayed departure. The rain did not let up for hours and hours on the interstate which caused spots to be slow going. This made for an on the road decision to change Day 1 plans. I scratched 2 stops to head south early to reach my evening destination on time. … More December Road Trip Day 1 & 2 Marfa, Ft. Leaton, Big Bend Ranch, Barton Warnock & Big Bend National Park (Whew)

November Road Trip Day 3 Guadalupe River

The original plan was to also see Government Canyon, but it is only open Fri-Mon and my patience for hanging out for a day left as I sat in the rain driven accident the night before. Since it was Thursday I said let’s go to Guadalupe River and see how I feel about hanging out after that. I had not spent much time in the area, there were things to do… … More November Road Trip Day 3 Guadalupe River

November Road Trip Day 2 Garner, Lost Maples & Hill Country

I ended up going to Garner twice. It was the first stop of the day and it was pretty rainy. I decided to go to Lost Maples thinking that I could dodge the rain clouds. It pretty much worked. They are close enough that I was able to go to Lost Maples and back and still hop into Hill country for a mile hike. This pics are from the second visit where I walked along the Frio River. Probably a better plan that the first one 🙂 … More November Road Trip Day 2 Garner, Lost Maples & Hill Country

November Road Trip Day 1 San Antonio Missions

Day 1 was designated as a travel day with the assumption that if there was still time I would go to a few Missions de San Antonio. I have toured the missions years back ironically during the same time of year – it was Thanksgiving weekend though. I was testing out the train situation since I had decided to take the train to California … More November Road Trip Day 1 San Antonio Missions

September Road Trip #2 Day 2 Bastrop, Buescher, Monument Hill/Kriesche Brewery & Meridian

Parks along the Lost Pines. My obvious questions is how were the Pines Lost? There is Native American legend of seeds being planted to make a woman happy and then there is the scientific evidence that a glacier is to blame for moving these trees always from their counterparts in East Texas. … More September Road Trip #2 Day 2 Bastrop, Buescher, Monument Hill/Kriesche Brewery & Meridian

September Road Trip #1 Day 2 Copper Breaks & Lake Arrowhead Bonus Local Park – Cedar Hill

The first hike of the day a started rather mundane. The “short” loop was a widely mown path on the prairie and then things got interesting. As it usually seems to happen when I embark on a one path only to find myself on another. … More September Road Trip #1 Day 2 Copper Breaks & Lake Arrowhead Bonus Local Park – Cedar Hill

September Road Trip #1 Day 1 Caprock Canyon & Palo Duro Canyon

A day of canyons. Day 2 just as well be a canyon too, except they are calling it “breaks”. I luckily understand this since I grew up in the “breaks”. It is kind of funny when I say it that way. Makes it sound more interesting that it maybe was 🙂 Additionally this really wasn’t … More September Road Trip #1 Day 1 Caprock Canyon & Palo Duro Canyon

July Road Trip Day 1  Lake Tawakoni, Lake Bob Sandlin and an attempt @ Daingerfield

After sitting on this post for what seems like weeks I have finally turned the corner on the perceived negativity from my first attempt. I have finally found a way to an introduction that will maybe explain the state of mind. Mainly – It is HOT. The first park of the day is typically fine but definitely warm, the second pretty toasty  and the last is usually super sweaty, hot and buggy … More July Road Trip Day 1  Lake Tawakoni, Lake Bob Sandlin and an attempt @ Daingerfield