Vegas, Rated G

  Believe it or not, Las Vegas can be both family friendly and affordable and with some diligence and planning we were able to spend four nights and five days taking in a little of  the fun and craziness the city of sin had to offer. The total expenses for this family of four? $271....and … Continue reading Vegas, Rated G

Final Thoughts On The Grand Canyon: A Comedic Interlude 2

    We were hiking down one of the Grand Canyon trails that leads down to the Colorado River. The trail winds it’s way down the cliff side through a series of switch-backs. Although not a particularly difficult or strenuous hike, it is quite steep at times and there is a real danger of getting yourself … Continue reading Final Thoughts On The Grand Canyon: A Comedic Interlude 2

No More Deserts

    I remember before we left on our trip that I was looking forward to seeing the Southwest. One of the main reasons was the Grand Canyon. Now, I think I’ve seen enough. I was looking forward to spending a few WEEKS out here. NOT a few MONTHS. We stayed in the hot, dry desert … Continue reading No More Deserts

Excessive Fluctuations

    From the hip, musical setting of urban Austin with its outlying regions of rolling hills and greenery, we went west and south into the vast openness of south western Texas. As we journeyed on, the landscape became increasingly dry regardless of the massive storm clouds that dumped marble sized hail on us. Just after … Continue reading Excessive Fluctuations

BIG and Beautiful BIG Bend

As our drive out of Austin took us south into some vast open land, my soul felt as if it was headed north into some boundless open air.  This is not to say that I didn't enjoy our time spent in Austin. I most certainly did. I love city living. I love city working. I … Continue reading BIG and Beautiful BIG Bend

A Day in the Life of a True Blue Southerner

I once told my kids that when the genie asks for my 3 wishes, one of the three would include the chance to live a day in the life of everyone.  It certainly wasn't the answer they expected to hear and definitely made for some interesting conversation.   That was a few years ago. Truth be … Continue reading A Day in the Life of a True Blue Southerner

Good Times in Texas

We are currently at a state park in Texas and a few weeks ago we spent the night in a town called Stockyard Stations in Fort Worth. It is a real historic cowboy town with a lot of stores that sell western clothing and items. I bought a $40 hat at one of them and … Continue reading Good Times in Texas

Food plus Fun equals New Orleans!

On January 14 we went to New Orleans. It was awesome! We did lots of cool stuff. First when we got there after finally finding somewhere to park for the day, we went in some cool little shops on the way to a cafe in the French Quarter for beignets, (pronounced ben-yays.) They were so … Continue reading Food plus Fun equals New Orleans!

The Everglades

 A few days ago we spent 3 nights in the Everglades National Park in Florida. We stayed at a campground called Flamingo, on Florida Bay. The visitor center was all pink which I thought made it look hideous, but other than that the campground was great. It is in a very open area and it … Continue reading The Everglades