Black Mesa Trip: Part Two

In my last post I promised a discussion of the GoPro, so let’s go ahead and get that out of the way. This last month, Mark’s office purchased a new GoPro camera, and it arrived just this past week, so Mark has checked it out to take it for a test run. It mounts to…

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Black Mesa Trip: Part One

Spring Break is here. We usually take a trip around mid-March, and this year was no different. A lot of the time, we drive down to the Texas coast to enjoy the state parks and national seashore (where the spring-breaking college students are not, because it costs money to get in). This year, however, was…

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Smoky Mountains Trip: Day Five

– Nashville, Tennessee to Denton, Texas – My poor baby. Today was a sad day for Ripley. We got up at 6am and went for a run at Nashville’s Shelby Bottoms Greenway. The park is phenomenal. It was a truly great run, and we all had a blast. Well, maybe not Mark, but he made…

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Smoky Mountains Trip: Day Four

– Asheville, North Carolina to Nashville, Tennessee – Today, we visited the highest point in North Carolina, Mt. Mitchell. We’ve been to a few high points before, but it’s never been one of Mark’s favored collections, or at least, not while I’ve been around. Before Ripley and me, he visited a number of high points on…

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Smoky Mountains Trip: Day Three

– Asheville, North Carolina to Laurel Falls – Today was our hiking day. We are staying in Asheville again tonight, so for today, we planned to drive out to the Dennis Cove Trailhead up near Hampton, Tennessee and hike a short section of the Appalachian Trail to Laurel Falls. Mark has visited before with his…

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Smoky Mountains Trip: Day Two

– Memphis, Tennessee to Asheville, North Carolina – Today was a very long day. We ended up trying to do a bit more than we should’ve in a single day, and it kept us going from 6am until after 10pm. The time changed, too, which didn’t help. We got up and went for a run…

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Smoky Mountains Trip: Day One

– Denton, Texas to Memphis, Tennessee – As of today, we have visited 47 of the 59 US National Parks. We are visiting the last 3 parks in the continental US this summer: Smoky Mountains, Isle Royale, and Voyageurs. That will leave us with 9 parks in Hawaii, Alaska, the US Virgin Islands, and American Samoa. We’re…

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Santa Fe Trip: Day Four

– Las Vegas, New Mexico to Denton, Texas – Today wasn’t a long day, and we make the drive from Tucumcari back to Denton pretty regularly, so I’ll keep this one short and sweet. We started our morning at 5am in Las Vegas. Everyone showered and packed and met for a lovely Best Western breakfast…

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Santa Fe Trip: Day Three

– Santa Fe, New Mexico to Las Vegas, New Mexico – Today began early, despite the time change overnight. We woke up at 6am, which felt pretty early. Everyone was a little dazed when the alarm went off. Still, we rallied, and we were all showered and breakfasted by 7:30 and on the road out…

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Santa Fe Trip: Day Two

– Santa Fe, New Mexico – We spent all of the day today in and around Santa Fe. Our morning began at 6:30am, although we did laze around in bed until nearly 7 before we finally got in gear and got dressed to go work out. Santa Fe has very nice running and biking trails. In…

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