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

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

Driving and Flying Big Bend Ranch State Park

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Prickly Poppy

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

A journey back in time – Seminole Canyon SP, Comstock, TX

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What we saw while driving northwest along US-90 towards Seminole Canyon State Historical Park was flat wilderness – all the way to the horizon in every direction.  I’ve heard a lot about boring drives through Texas, and I believe this is one of those parts of the state that people refer to. Continue reading

Can spring be far away? – Lake Casa Blanca SP, Laredo, TX

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Bluebonnet

We arrived at Lake Casa Blanca International State Park  Laredo, Texas in anticipation of great outdoor fun.  But as has often been the case for us recently, expectations didn’t mesh with reality. Gloomy, dreary and wet days were the norm during our one-week stay, as back-to-back winter storms passed through.  It was more than enough to add to my already funky mood. Continue reading

Where to in 2015?

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Turks Cap

Turks Cap

After staying a month in Mission, Texas we were itching to get moving again – that’s really longer than we like to sit in one spot, even if the birding was world-class.  Virtually so far our entire winter in Texas has been cold and dreary, with incessant winds that just would not stop. Continue reading

A big Texas landmark – Kingsville, TX

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Santa Gertrudis Cow

They say everything in Texas is big, and one of the things the state is known for is its super-sized ranches.  The size of the state itself lends it perfectly to the industry of raising cattle. The massive King Ranch in southern Texas – covering more area than the state of Rhode Island, and with more acreage than Dallas, Houston and San Antonio combined – is a prime example of a huge cattle-raising operation. Continue reading

Final Days on the Gulf – Port Aransas, TX

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Port Aransas Beach

Port Aransas

Along the Texas Coast are barrier islands running parallel to the mainland.  The longest barrier island is Mustang Island, where Port Aransas occupies 8 miles of its 18 mile length.  We spent a month there with Gulf Waters RV Resort as our home base, then three days just up the road at Mustang Island State Park. Continue reading