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Texas Road Trip From Austin to Alpine Marfa Big Bend and More

Texas Road Trip From Austin to Alpine Marfa Big Bend and More

I found some cool places to visit during my Texas road trip vacation so I’m going to share with you some of the best of the west TX travel spots. Living in Austin for over 15 years I took lots of short road trips, mostly day trips or weekend getaways. Since driving from Austin to […]

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Big Bend National Park Hiking Trails – Which are Best for Solo Hikers?

Big Bend National Park Hiking Trails – Which are Best 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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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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Port Aransas Texas Gulf Coast Pelicans and Bird Watching

Port Aransas Texas Gulf Coast Pelicans and Bird Watching

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 is close to downtown but you wouldn’t know it […]

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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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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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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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