Our hostess drove us around their Texas Game Ranch in their ATV. She pointed out signs (usually scat) of various animals living on the ranch. One large pile belonged to an Indian Antelope or Blackbuck. Since this large male is a regular on their ranch, they decided to name him, “Buddy.” Many Game Ranches in … More Does That Critter Belong in Texas?
Smack dab in the middle of Texas Hill Country, I stepped out of the barndominium (yes, that’s a thing) and breathed deep of the chilly March air. The scent of cedar wafted toward me, but this was an unfamiliar variety. These cedars dotting the surrounding hills looked more like large round lollypop bushes than trees. … More Smack Dab in the Middle of Texas Hill Country
If you’ll be near Fredericksburg, Texas this upcoming Memorial Day weekend consider these opportunities. The National Museum of the Pacific War invites you to join them on Memorial Day, May 28th, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. in the Memorial Courtyard for their annual Memorial Day Ceremony. This free event is open to the public. Seating is … More Memorial Day 2018, Fredericksburg, Texas
While driving to the heart of Texas hill country, we stopped for the night in Wichita Falls. The hotel desk clerk recommended the food at the Pioneer 3 Restaurant. “It looks like a hole in the wall, but the food is very good,” she said. She was right about both. First off, the parking lot … More Texas-sized Portions Served Here
One of the oldest jokes in America has multiple punch lines. In Maui, chickens ran wild. Locals fed them. As a result of that and their ability to survive and thrive quite well in this tropical climate, they were residents of numerous locations. They ran in front of us when we walked to our car. … More Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road?
One hot day in February we took shelter in the cool shade of this magnificent Banyan Tree. Numerous benches were provided underneath to sit and admire the tree, which is over one hundred years old. We ate our lunch there while enjoying the lovely relief from the heat under its canopy covering most of the … More Lahaina
Maui’s abundance of microclimates assured us of unexpected changes in weather. Kamaole Beach was sunny and warm when we left for the Garden of Eden along the Hana Highway. It was still sunny when we arrived. After being greeted by several feathered members of the welcoming committee, we just had time for a very quick … More Maui Surprises
Even though Maui certainly wasn’t a routine experience for us, we found a daily schedule helped us feel more settled and still allowed us to familiarize ourselves with various regions of the island. We walked the beach and/or pathways beside the beach early in the morning. When we were out by 6:30 a.m., we enjoyed … More Maui Routine
This 2,250 foot ‘Iao Needle rising above the ‘Iao Valley is one of Maui’s most iconic spots. Clouds scuttled across the peak while we visited. I quickly snapped pictures in-between. This photo was the closest view we had at the end of the trail. During periods of warfare, warriors used this peak as a lookout. … More Maui’s ‘Iao Valley
On a beautiful crisp breezy morning we chose to visit the Maui Tropical Plantation. This lovely place has been created from an old sugar plantation and mill. As we walked through the garden following the trails nearest the buildings, we saw a variety of native plants—several in bloom. What a lovely way to begin the … More Maui Tropical Plantation