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Oldest Oak Tree in Texas – The Big Tree – Goose Island State Park

Oldest Oak Tree in Texas – The Big Tree – Goose Island State Park

The Oldest Live Oak tree in Texas, known as The Big Tree, lives at Goose Island State Park near Rockport Texas.  I paid a visit to the Big Tree in February on my way back from the coastal town of Port Aransas. This old Texas oak tree is amazing! Although the Big Tree is no longer the largest […]

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Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center – Bluebonnets and Hiking Trails

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center – Bluebonnets and Hiking Trails

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin’s southwest includes botanical gardens, hiking trails, as well as a research center including the Restoration Research Trail. After leaving Washington DC Lady Bird Johnson worked to encourage the beautification of Texas highways. Mrs Johnson’s passion for the environment and wildflowers eventually lead to the creation of The National […]

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Mayfield Park – Peacocks and Hiking Trails in Central Austin Texas

Mayfield Park – Peacocks and Hiking Trails in Central Austin Texas

Mayfield Park is an absolute gem. This Central Austin park includes a 27 acre nature preserve, 2 acres of beautiful gardens, an historic cottage, water-lily ponds, and peacocks greet you at the entrance! Mayfield is one of my favorite free things to do in Austin. Certainly there are plenty of beautiful Austin parks to visit, but […]

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Lady Bird Lake – Downtown Austin Texas Hike and Bike Trail

Lady Bird Lake – Downtown Austin Texas Hike and Bike Trail

Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail in downtown Austin Texas is the perfect inner-city getaway! A beautiful escape to nature without leaving the city – I often make a pit-stop for a quick walk by the water when I’m in-between client appointments. It’s the perfect place to get a little exercise and unwind. For […]

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Mumsy’s Garden in Calgary Alberta Canada

Mumsy’s Garden in Calgary Alberta Canada

We’re enjoying springtime weather in Austin Texas. The wildflowers blooming along the Austin roadways always get me thinking about my mom, affectionately known as Mumsy, who happens to love gardening. She loves getting her hands in the dirt. She loves picking out new plants to try out in her garden. She even managed to get […]

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SXSW – an afternoon on 6th St in Austin Texas

SXSW – an afternoon on 6th St in Austin Texas

South by SouthWest (SXSW) in Austin Texas is the annual film, interactive, music conference and festival which began in 1987. My first SXSW experience was in 2000 when I purchased a wristband for $95 and found out I still had to wait in lines and could be turned away even with the wristband. I went […]

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Huatulco Oaxaca Mexico Relaxing Beach Resort Town

Huatulco Oaxaca Mexico Relaxing Beach Resort Town

Huatulco Oaxaca Mexico is almost due south from Austin, Texas. It’s a resort town situated on the Pacific coast of Mexico in the state of Oaxaca. I visited Huatulco in 2000 and remember it as a very laid back place. Much different than my solo trip to Mexico City. Population of Huatulco Mexico The population […]

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Spring in Austin TX Red Bud Begins Blooming

Spring in Austin TX Red Bud Begins Blooming

Spring in Austin, Texas starts early compared to my hometown of Calgary Alberta Canada. When I see the red bud trees blooming I consider it the first sign of spring in Austin. Noticing a few red bud trees blooming in Austin in late February I decided on a visit to Zilker Botanical Gardens to see […]

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Portuguese Man O’ War – Looks Pretty but Don’t Touch

Portuguese Man O’ War – Looks Pretty but Don’t Touch

This Portuguese Man O’ War arrived on the beach of St Jos. Island while I was walking along taking photos of the collection of things washed up on shore. The Portuguese Man O’ War was by far the most interesting and colorful item on display. More information on these marvelous creatures soon. For now just […]

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Hiking Enchanted Rock Day Trip – Hiking in Texas Hill Country

Hiking Enchanted Rock Day Trip – Hiking in Texas Hill Country

Looking for places to hike in Texas Hill Country? Add hiking Enchanted Rock State Park to your bucket list. Hiking Enchanted Rock is one of the best day trips from Austin or San Antonio. In the Hill Country of Central Texas lies a massive granite boulder known as Enchanted Rock. The huge granite mass known […]

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Mosaicultures Internationales Montreal 2013

Mosaicultures Internationales Montreal 2013

Located at the Montreal Botanical Gardens the exhibit Mosaicultures Internationales Montreal 2013 included 48 entries from 19 countries. It took me two visits to view the entire exhibit and lucky for me the tickets were good for two days due to the size of the exhibit. Mosaicultures Internationales Montreal started in 1998 and the first exhibit […]

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Road Trip from Austin to Fort Worth – Visit to The Modern Art Museum

Road Trip from Austin to Fort Worth – Visit to The Modern Art Museum

It was the Kimbell Art Museum’s exhibit the Age of Picasso & Matisse: Modern Masters from the Art Institute of Chicago  that enticed me to make a road trip to Fort Worth this past weekend.  For several years I heard from friends and acquaintances that Fort Worth was home to many renowned art museums and they […]

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