Hawaii Trip: Day Seven

– Wailea, Hawaii to Volcano, Hawaii – We didn’t take any pictures today until we arrived on the Big Island. Not a single one. I’m a little surprised, as we usually make at least a token effort, but today we just didn’t. We started our day at 5am, as usual, and had time for a…

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Hawaii Trip: Day Six

– Maui, Hawaii – Man, I can’t believe it’s already day six. This trip is really flying by. Tomorrow we have to get back on an airplane and fly over to the Big Island. I have to say, it is the island I’ve been most excited about, and I’ve heard it has the most to…

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Hawaii Trip: Day Five

– Maui, Hawaii – Today was a national park day. That’s pretty exciting. We’ve completed 51 of them now. Only 8 more to go, until they add a new one: 5 in Alaska, 1 in Hawaii, 1 in American Samoa, and 1 in the U.S. Virgin Islands. We will get that Hawaii one later this…

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Hawaii Trip: Day Four

– Honolulu, Hawaii to Wailea, Hawaii – We’ve made it to our second island! I’m writing to you tonight from our hotel on Maui. We started our morning at 5am without a run and a swim, which made us a little sad. Instead, we showered and finished packing, then had the last of our breakfast…

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Hawaii Trip: Day Three

– Oahu, Hawaii – Day three began much like day two. We woke up at 5am, brushed our teeth, got dressed, and walked out to the path behind our hotel for our morning run. It didn’t rain much today, unlike yesterday, and the wind was a little quieter, so our run ended up being a…

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Hawaii Trip: Day Two

– Oahu, Hawaii – Jetlag is hard. Don’t get me wrong, we’ve had jet lag much worse than we are having here in Hawaii (Australia comes to mind), but it’s still very strange to hear your alarm go off in the morning and have absolutely no concept of where you are or what time it…

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Hawaii Trip: Day One

– Denton, Texas to Honolulu, Hawaii – Greetings from the Aloha State! I hear I’ve had lots of requests for blog posts from Hawaii, despite the fact that we’re missing our star, and I’m happy to comply. Ripley is back home with her grandma and grandpa in Gainesville, tormenting their dogs and sleeping on the…

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Texas Gulf Coast Trip: Part Two

– Day Four: Corpus Christi, Texas to Galveston, Texas – On Monday morning we got up early and went for another run over at Texas A&M Corpus Christi. It was a lovely morning, and we were back at our hotel for showers pretty early. We packed up everything from our hotel room and headed out of…

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Texas Gulf Coast Trip: Part One

– Day One: Denton, Texas to Gonzalez, Texas – It seems like we take a trip to the Texas Gulf Coast at least once a year. Looking back at pictures on our photodatabase, I think we sometimes even make the trip twice. Most of the time, we visit Corpus Christi, which is our favorite coastal locale,…

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The New Tacoma

Oh, Xterra. How we’ve loved you, but it’s time to pass the torch. Our 2004 Nissan Xterra has been through 275,000 miles with us, first with just Mark, and then with Ripley and me as well. We dreamed of driving it to 400,000 miles, we dreamed of keeping it until the wheels fell off. You…

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