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Southwestern Wrap, Part Two. Arizona and Texas

February 11, 2015


Arizona and New Mexico One Color Fits All The opportunity to see how people in other areas of the country live is the most interesting benefit of traveling.  I like to check out the architecture as it changes across the country – after all, architecture and culture are closely intertwined. During our stays in New […]

January, 2013. Wrapping Up Texas At Big Bend National Park

January 20, 2013


In case you didn’t know, Texas is one big-a_ _ state. We’ve been retracing some of last year’s steps through the hill country of Texas, visiting friends and revisiting some favorite areas, and venturing into new ones, too. And we’ve been driving, and driving, and driving and… One thing stands out in the busy industrial […]

January, 2012. Fort Stockton, Texas and Etc.

January 17, 2013


Fort Stockton may not be the prettiest town to visit, but there’s no arguing its historical interest. But let me back up a moment. Before Fort Stockton, before Sonora, (my last post) there was Camping World. Camping World, that refuge for the broken down and disabled, is always located at the corner of Sticker Shock […]

January, 2012. Sonora, Texas. The Caverns of Sonora.

January 11, 2013


Some of the most spectacular views in West Texas are actually below ground. The Caverns of Sonora has been called by some the most beautiful cave in Texas, and after a walk along the nearly 2-mile tour we could certainly see why. Its stunning array of calcite crystal formations, especially unusual helicitites – formations caused […]

January, 2013. San Marcos, Texas. Santa’s Southern Secret

January 3, 2013


Most people assume Santa Claus lives at the North Pole year around. However, like many of us silver-haired older folks, Santa is actually a snowbird with a winter home in southern Texas. Santa’s Ranch, in San Marcos, Texas, provides the perfect off-season get-away for the jolly old guy.  It’s filled with all his favorite things […]

January, 2012. New Braunfels, Texas. Everything’s Bigger in Texas

January 1, 2013


Question: What has 60 gas pumps, 31 cash registers, 36 stalls in the ladies room, 80 soda fountain dispensers,  and a very large rodent lurking outside? Answer: Buc-ee’s! The new $7.4 million travel center on I-35 in New Braunfels is the largest convenience store in the world, spread across 18 acres and featuring a 67,000 […]

December, 2012. Flour Bluff, Texas. It’s All About the Dough

December 15, 2012


One of my favorite books is Walter Romig’s “Michigan Place Names”, which explains how the state’s cities and towns, both past and present, acquired their names. It’s an interesting, and often surprising, read. So, the sign welcoming us to Flour Bluff, Texas immediately caught my attention.  ‘Flour’ usually is associated with agriculture or milling…or baking.  And as it turns […]