Tuesday, March 27, 2012

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Wow!  Check out the hit number.  Almost 2100.  That is great.  Hope everyone is enjoying reading this as much as I am writing it.  Feel free to comment if you want.  I would love to hear from you.

Beautiful Morning Walks to Work...
The day was gorgeous.  We walk back and forth from our campsite to the maintenance shop.  It's a couple miles round trip.

The mornings have been beautiful these past few days.  The temps are in the upper 50's when we leave around 7:30am but it warms up quickly.  By the time we get off around noon:30 it is nearing 80.

That's a bit warm for us right now.  Hope we do not see any 90's or more before we leave on May 1st.

Just One Of Those Days...
We all have them.  Days that are completely routine.  Not much new to report.

Got up - Walked to work - Did our normal maintenance duties - Walked home - Relaxed.

A Visit With A Great Kid and Her Great Dad...
We did get together with Alan and his daughter, Sophie.  It brightens our hearts to see this relationship.  There are people in this world who are clearly here to raise kids.  Alan and his wife, Alissa, are two of those people.  Sophie is a marvelous kid.  Lots of self confidence and LOTS OF ENERGY!!!

She is almost 7 and has become a voracious reader.  She just completed a 500 page book.  Can you believe that?  The only thing I did with books that big when I was a kid was sit on them to eat Cheerios.

Besides reading them, she comprehends them too.  You can talk with her about what she is reading and it is obvious she has a firm grasp on the material.

She adores her dad:

Our visit was the highlight of the day.

We tentatively made plans for them to come spend a night in our camper in a few weeks.  Sophie has never done anything like that.  She was excited to see it today.  We look forward to an evening around the campfire and some great S'Mores.  Hope it works out.

More About Friends Coming and Going...
I mentioned yesterday that our friend Rich and Pat left on their journey back home to New York.

Creating new friends for a short period until we or they move on is something we have to get used to.

One of the Park Rangers just transferred from this park to Tyler State Park in East Texas.  Louis is a great guy. We really enjoyed our short acquaintance and look forward to perhaps seeing him when we travel near his new area of responsibility.

Good Luck Louis!!

Whether it be raising great kids or moving around the country, we're all having a grand time "Chasin' Our Dreams!"

Catch Up...

It's been a while since I posted. Here are the highlights of the past couple weeks.

South By South West (SXSW)
South by South West (SXSW) was going on in Austin and that meant we were extremely busy. The park was packed the entire week. As soon as a campsite was vacated it refilled. We did our best to check each vacancy to clean up any litter or fire pit debris but it was a race.

It was interesting to note that the majority of visitors were not your "normal" campers. I mean, they were not here for a camping experience but rather a lodging facility while they attended the festivities.

The result is that we noticed a considerable more amount of litter and untidy sites. It appears that visitors who are here for a camping experience are more diligent in maintaining a pristine environment.

Visitors who are "moteling it" have a different attitude. We decided that we do not want to work in hotels!!

All this is not to say that the park was a mess. Far from it. In fact, we still marvel at how tidy it is overall.

Way to go visitors!!!

Interesting Person...
We met Linda when she approached asking for a map of the park. A visit ensued and we found out she was here representing the musical duo, Sleeping Naked.

Robin and I looked at each other when she told us the name. We wondered what they would do if they heard our story of the couple swept down the stream while they were "Sleeping Naked!"

When Linda is not representing the duo she works as a marketing rep for an outdoor equipment company whose name I cannot for the life of me remember. Rats.

She gets to travel a lot and try out new gear. How cool is that!

Anyway, thanks for a good visit Linda.

West Texas Outing...
We traveled to West Texas to visit Seminole Canyon State Park and Historical Site. Recently we agreed to a stint for this coming winter. We had heard good things about the park and wanted to see for ourselves.

We had a ball! The setting is completely different from what we have here. It is wide open desert country. You can see for miles and miles. Very similar to our past times in Wyoming.

We took the interpretive tour twice on Saturday. Each presenter had a different approach. It was fun to see how they worked. I will be leading tours so am very interested in how others do it.

Being the shy, introverted type of guy I am, I will have to work on being more outgoing and extroverted. (What? ... What?)

I already have some ideas on how to keep the crowd interested (aka entertained) for the duration while disseminating some useful information at the same time.

Kiddos will have to be included too, you know, short attention spans and such. That should not be too difficult. My attention has been known to wander after a bit too. If I can keep myself entertained, everyone will be fine :)

New Camera! Yay!!!
I finally got my new camera! Yay!!!

It is a Canon S100 and I love it! It is very easy to use and takes great pictures.

Spring has definitely sprung. The blue bonnets are spectacular this year. The past few years have not been so great due to the draught.


There are even a few Albino Blue Bonnets scattered here and there:

Flowers are everywhere. These were at the lower falls:

Even in nature, there are smart alecks who just have to be different (look close in the center):

We are still in the early stages of Spring. We cannot wait to see what is in store.

We Took a Walk With 25,000 of Our Closest Friends...
The 35th Annual Austin Capital 10k was this past Sunday. This is the fourth time I have participated. Robin was not able to last year. Rats. But she was there right beside me this year!

We walked with Alan and Kathy:

Alan was our workout trainer for a number of years. Now that he does not get to torture us on a weekly basis we are just great friends

Kathy is one of his clients we've seen on many occasions. She joined us last year for the race/walk.

It was a picture perfect morning for the race. It started on the Congress Street Bridge. You know, where the bats hang out:

Straight north toward the capital:

Then it meandered through the city:

And finally ended back just a couple blocks from where it started:

I did not see as many costumes as in the past, but this guy was terrific in his balloon cornucopia:

We had a lot of fun. We will be at Seminole Canyon this time next year. We may come over for the weekend to continue our streak of participation. We'll see...

So Long Rich and Pat...
Rich and Pat left today. They are ultimately headed back to New York. We had a lot of fun getting to know them. It was a bit sad to see them leave but who knows, we may see them again.

Meeting people and making new friends is both a blessing and a curse with this lifestyle. Many of the folks you really enjoy, you may never see again. We just concentrate on the gifts that they all bring to our lives as we wander about "Chasin' Our Dreams!"