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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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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Winter Death Valley Trip: Day Ten

– Carlsbad, New Mexico to Denton, Texas – Well, this is it. We’re finally home. Everyone is pretty sick today, and there’s not much that’s interesting to see between Carlsbad and Denton that we haven’t seen before, so today wasn’t a very eventful day. In fact, Mark and I only took 7 pictures for the…

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Winter Death Valley Trip: Day Nine

– Tucson, Arizona to Carlsbad, New Mexico – So that ‘g’ in Saguaro? You pronounce it ‘wah.’ Check it out if you don’t believe me. I only bring it up because it’s a silly pet peeve of mine, and of course because we visited Saguaro National Park today. I suppose I’m getting slightly ahead of myself,…

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Winter Death Valley Trip: Day Eight

– Indio, California to Tucson, Arizona – Indio is an interesting place. It is filled with snowbirds in RVs and trailer houses this time of year. I guess I should define the term snowbird, in case you’ve never spotted one for yourself. A ‘snowbird’ is a person, typically a retiree, who spends the hot summer…

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Winter Death Valley Trip: Day Seven

– Primm, Nevada to Indio, California – There’s really nowhere to run in Primm, Nevada. In fact, there’s not a lot in Primm Nevada at all. Aside from lots of solar energy, a water treatment plant, casinos, a handful or restaurants, and a gas station, there’s really nothing here. The whole area encompasses maybe a…

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