Climbing and Crawling at Hueco Tanks State Park – West Texas

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The Canyon Towhee serenaded us all day

 

Our final stop in Texas was 30 miles northeast of El Paso, at Hueco Tanks State Park.  We came here after being intrigued by Eric and Laurel’s repeat visits to the area.  We had to see it for ourselves!

So, what’s wonderfully unusual and appealing about this 850-acre park? Continue reading

Westward Ho, Here We Go! – West Texas

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NOTE:  We’ve replaced our “Where We’ve Been” widget with an “Upcoming Planned Stops” widget (see it in the left column?).  After several recent “near misses” and surprise meet-ups with other travelers, we decided to display a section of our reservation spreadsheet that shows upcoming planned stops.  We hope this will help us meet up with more of y’all down the road!

From Fredericksburg to the western state border in El Paso is about 590 miles, and because we didn’t want to rush our way through Texas we selected five stops before leaving the state.  On these layovers we explored a cavern, hiked a mountain at a National Park, had a total surprise meet up with new friends, and enjoyed an unplanned visit to El Paso that changed our initial impression of the city. Continue reading

Heading for the Hills – Texas Hill Country

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Hooray, a milestone for us – this is our 500th post!  Have we really published that many stories?  It’s hard to believe, and we’re so happy to memorialize and share our travels with you, our readers and followers.  We thank you for jamming on down the road with us!

In real time we’re in Tucson, AZ, enjoying gorgeous 90º weather – finally!  I’ve once again put a hold on writing blogs in favor of spending time outdoors enjoying and capturing moments, while hanging out with friends.

And that’s just what happened in April as we slow-poked across Texas… Continue reading

Love is in the air – High Island, TX

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Did I get your attention?  I’m talking about birdie love, of course, and we got an eyeful on this stop!  If you’re a birder, bird watcher/photographer or a nature enthusiast read on, because that’s what this post is all about. Continue reading

Colorful Palo Duro Canyon – Amarillo, TX

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Once out of New Mexico we hastened our pace, stopping only 2-3 days at each destination.  They were large cities where we initially didn’t have a lot of activities planned, and the relentless severe weather was seemingly following us across the nation.  But as we moved along, each of our stops had things to see and do, which we were able to accomplish between storms.

In real time, we’re now on a 10-day break in Savannah, Georgia.  I’m blaming the nasty weather for my lack of enthusiasm to blog; it’s just been too darn wet, gloomy and cold for me to get very excited about anything! Continue reading

Our final days in Texas – the Davis Mountains

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After gazing into the night sky and peering through telescopes while star-partying, it was time to come back to earth and move on.  Our home base at Davis Mountains State Park was nestled in the foothills of the beautiful Davis Mountains, with the historic town of Fort Davis only 4 miles away.  The total absence of internet and phone connectivity, along with many days of nice weather at the campground, made outdoor exploration the perfect pastime while we were here. Continue reading

Now showing: The Sun, Moon, and the Planets – Davis Mountains, Texas

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Leaving Big Bend behind and heading north on FM118, we continued to enjoy the beautiful scenery that far-west Texas is proud of.  So beautiful, that on this day we saw several aspiring artists facing either a mountain or a flower-covered field while capturing its beauty with strokes of their paint brushes. Continue reading

Driving and Flying Big Bend Ranch State Park

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Our final fun-filled outings at Big Bend Ranch State Park put a cap on our wonderful time in the Big Bend area. Continue reading