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Best Solo Hiking Trails – Big Bend National Park – Day Hikes

Best Solo Hiking Trails – Big Bend National Park – Day Hikes

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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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 Wall Austin Texas – Hope Outdoor Gallery

I love taking photos of graffiti and public art while I am traveling and here at home. The graffiti wall in Austin Texas has been around for several years but I only just stumbled upon it last year.       Hope Outdoor Gallery is located at Baylor and 11th Street in central Austin. The location […]

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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 stop by in-between bookkeeping client appointments to take a meditative break.     Spring is my favorite time to visit Zilker Botanical Garden because I love to see the redbuds begin to bloom but there is beauty in every season. The setting […]

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Pretty Peacocks of Mayfield Park and Nature Preserve in Austin Texas

Pretty Peacocks of Mayfield Park and Nature Preserve in Austin Texas

Exotic peacocks wandering about the grounds of central Austin Texas? The peafowl living at Mayfield Park and Nature Preserve are descendants of the original pair of peafowl given as a Christmas gift to the Mayfield’s in 1935.     In the springtime visitors to Mayfield Park will see the peacocks fanning their tail feathers. The males […]

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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 oak tree is amazing! UPDATE: Sept 2017 – According to the Texas Parks and […]

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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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Roosevelt’s at the Tarpon Inn – Port Aransas Texas

Roosevelt’s at the Tarpon Inn – Port Aransas Texas

Ordinarily I enjoy trying out as many of the gastronomic offerings as possible when I am traveling. My first night in Port Aransas I found Roosevelt’s at the Tarpon Inn on Cotter Avenue where I became involved in a committed relationship immediately. I would see no other restaurants in Port Aransas during my three-day escape […]

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Enchanted Rock Day Trip – Hiking in Texas Hill Country

Enchanted Rock Day Trip – Hiking in Texas Hill Country

When looking for places to go hiking in Texas Hill Country put Enchanted Rock on your bucket list. Enchanted Rock is one of the best hiking 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 as […]

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