Colorado Trip: Day Two

– Dumas, Texas to Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado – Ah, sleep. It’s so nice to sleep in, even a little. We’ve been up at 5am all week long, since we had a lot going on, and after getting to the hotel at 11pm last night, we were sorely in need of some extra…

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Colorado Trip: Day One

– Denton, Texas to Dumas, Texas – It’s almost time for school to start for the fall. With Mark and I both back in school (me for a master’s, and him for a PhD), we really wanted to send summer off with a bang. We decided to take one last summer trip, right before school…

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Hawaii Trip: Day Ten

– Big Island, Hawaii – It’s our last big day in Hawaii. Tomorrow morning we get up and fly back to Honolulu, then get on a big plane to take us all the way back to DFW. It’s been a lot of fun, but I’m ready to go home. I really miss little Ripley, and…

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Hawaii Trip: Day Nine

– Big Island, Hawaii – I would say that today was a day of history. That may sound strange, but the western coast of the Big Island is filled with what I would call cultural heritage sites, and most of what we did today revolved around places like that. We began our morning at 5am…

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Hawaii Trip: Day Eight

– Big Island, Hawaii – We did our only big hike of the trip today. We got out of bed at 5, gathered up all of the stuff we’d need for the hike and stuffed down our breakfast. Unfortunately, while we’d intended to leave by about 5:20, we didn’t actually leave our room until about…

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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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