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Solo Trips and Tips blog posts and photos about traveling in the USA including road trips, hiking, kayaking, street art, graffiti, and more travel tips

Best Big Bend National Park Hiking Trails for Solo Hikers

Best Big Bend National Park Hiking Trails for Solo Hikers

Making a list of the best solo hikes to try at Big Bend National Park in Texas took some research. I started planning my solo hiking trips for my stay at Big Bend while I was in Alpine Texas – a great home base for visiting West Texas. I highly recommend putting Alpine on your […]

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Palm Springs Day Trip Info on Hiking Joshua Tree National Park California

Palm Springs Day Trip Info on Hiking Joshua Tree National Park California

I knew I wanted to make a day trip to Joshua Tree National Park while planning the Palm Springs segment of my nomadic life for December. I loved Joshua Tree park so much that I visited two times, on December 13th and December 25th. Yes, Christmas day is a great day to visit a national […]

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Hiking in Tucson Arizona Best Hiking Trails for Solo Travelers

Hiking in Tucson Arizona Best Hiking Trails for Solo Travelers

Tucson Arizona offers many opportunities for solo hiking with the option of desert or mountain hikes. Enjoying nature as well as more time for hiking were part of my decision to adopt a nomadic lifestyle earlier this year. I started out my solo road trip adventure with a couple of weeks visiting small towns in West Texas and […]

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Solo Road Trip From Austin to West Texas

Solo Road Trip From Austin to West Texas

My nomad life began autumn 2015 with a solo road trip from Austin to west Texas and other than some internet issues all went basically as planned. I chose the small West Texas town of Alpine Texas as the first stop on my nomadic life adventure for several reasons. Disclosure: “Some of the links in […]

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Graffiti Wall Austin Texas – Hope Outdoor Gallery Graffiti Park ATX

Graffiti Wall Austin Texas – Hope Outdoor Gallery Graffiti Park ATX

I love taking photos of graffiti and public art while I am traveling and at home. The graffiti wall in Austin Texas has been around for several years but I only just stumbled upon the downtown graffiti art park last year. Waiting on an appointment downtown and killing some time I walked around Castle Hill area […]

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Pelicans Port Aransas Texas Gulf Coast

Pelicans Port Aransas Texas Gulf Coast

My solo road trip to Port Aransas on the Gulf Coast of Texas was planned around the whooping crane festival in February. I didn’t see any whooping cranes but I did see plenty of brown pelicans in Port Aransas Texas. I visited the Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center in Port Aransas and was surrounded by some […]

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Big Bend National Park – A Solo Road Trip to West Texas

Big Bend National Park – A Solo Road Trip to West Texas

  I never gave too much thought as to why the West Texas park known as Big Bend National Park was so-named. I found out when I took my first solo road trip to West Texas in December 2010. The trip would take me from Austin to Marathon – Alpine – Big Bend National Park […]

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Zilker Botanical Garden – A Little Zen in Austin Texas

Zilker Botanical Garden – A Little Zen in Austin Texas

Zilker Botanical Garden is a little piece of Zen in central Austin. I often stopped by in-between client appointments to take a meditative break in my favorite Austin botanical gardens. To have an escape from a busy metropolitan area within the inner city is rare. Zilker Botanical Garden one of the many gems of Austin […]

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Nature Trails in Austin Texas Hiking is Cheap Therapy

Nature Trails in Austin Texas Hiking is Cheap Therapy

Taking a mid-day break to hike a nature trail in Austin TX is my cheap therapy – I think only of the  exact moment I am in, walking the trail, exploring nature. Time doesn’t exist. Consider taking time for yourself each day or at least a few times per week to enjoy the nature trails […]

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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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