Ropesville, Texas

On our way to New Mexico, we stopped in the roaring metropolis of Ropesville, TX, current population 450, where Dan’s grandfather was raised. For such a tiny dot on the map, it’s funny that this is the second time I’ve visited; the first time with my mother-in-law Cheryl when we drove through but couldn’t find the cemetery. With a little guidance from Cheryl and Google maps to assist, we found the cemetery this time and Dan got to see the gravestones of his family. From the streets of Manhattan to the fields of Texas, Cheryl has given us some fun genealogy-tracking trips along the way.

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Austin, City Limits

We’ve had the chance to spend two great weeks outside of Austin, in Georgetown, just about 30 min from cousin Jake’s house. We’ve had lots of chances to hang out with Jake and Jamie, both around the campfire at the campsite and at Jake’s house. We managed to pack in a few adventures, of course, including a day in San Antonio where we checked out the Alamo and Riverwalk. I also went to Town Lake, and explored the trails in that area, too. And there were many evenings just hanging at Jake’s house enjoying the good company.

The hiking around Lake Georgetown includes about 30 miles of trails around the lake and then smaller trails and the lakeshore itself. With limestone rock that is full of holes and shale around the lake, it makes for a difficult hiking path, but one that I loved. Until. I came around a large boulder on the path along the lake and almost stepped on a rattlesnake; with my foot poised in the air to come down upon it, it raised itself up and rattled at me. I can’t even remember moving, but I was instantly way down the beach and had Jesse with me. Then, looking around at all of the rock and boulders and a million places for snakes to lie, I did the sensible thing and called Dan to rescue me 🙂 I’ve stayed to the main hiking trails since then…

In acknowledgement of being another year older, I also managed to throw out my back this week. It was with great luck that I was able to get in to see an excellent chiropractor, and had several appointments to get me back up and running. Ah, age…

Dan and I celebrated our joint birthday with dinner at Jake’s house on my birthday, and then a wonderful meal in Georgetown for Dan’s. Low-key, but lovely, both days, and included nice talks with family and friends. I got spoiled with spa time, while Dan got a boy’s day out with Jake (no dog, no wife, he must have been terribly lonely ;).

Campsite at Lake Georgetown

Campsite at Lake Georgetown

Beautiful lake, until you see a snake.

Beautiful lake, until you see a snake. Then it just looks snaky…

Jake, Jamie, Dan and I (with Jesse and Sith) hike in Austin.

Cousin Jake, Jamie, Dan and I (with Jesse and Sith) hike in Austin.

At the Alamo. Fun day in San Antonio!

At the Alamo. Fun day in San Antonio!

River walk in San Antonio

River walk in San Antonio

Kay and Jesse explore Town Lake, with downtown Austin in the background

Kay and Jesse explore Town Lake, with downtown Austin in the background

Playing Catch Up

It’s been several months since I last posted. But, I haven’t stopped taking photos, so I have quite a few stacked into this post.

I have several great images of people I spent time with over the last while, but this is the open internet so I keep those off of the blog for the most part.

Hope you enjoy 🙂 It’s been a blast to share the experience to all.

Myakka State Forest Revisited

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Gator waiting for some luck. Good moment NOT TO FALL IN THE WATER!

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Canopy Trail.

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Canopy Trail.

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Back to CA

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Going back to Cali.

 

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Mom had me at work on the cat tower. Let me tell ya, there are many ways to spend many hours trying to get this thing together. I was lucky to get it together on the first try.

Fresno Zoo

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I love the colors on this one.

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Now that’s the definition of chillaxin.

 

Key West FL

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Where the pirates still roam.

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Jesse’s got her eye on K.

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Paddle Board Chica.

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Return of the Sponge Monster.

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The bridges here go on for miles. Fortunately the bridge we took was to the right of this one.

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K doing her thing.

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Cool downtown art.

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Island life.

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Green waters of the keys.

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Street performer making it happen.

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Go figure. A boat on a crane in the middle of the freeway.

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It was fun.

 

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Check out how the roots on this tree wrapped around the timbers. Very tropical.

 

More Florida

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My work setup in the RV. Works out pretty good actually.

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Doggies loved spending time with grandma on the sofa.

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When on solar you have to take advantage of the sunny moments. Here I have everything setup to charge with the 15 amps we get for a couple hours of direct sunlight per day.

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Sanibel Island with Pete

 

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About the dirtiest I’ve ever seen Jesse.

Universal Studios Florida

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BTW It does breath fire.

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Stores along the main street.

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Going down, waaaaayyyy down.

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The train from one park to another.

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Note the bottle opener on the cap. Genius.

 

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Pensacola FL

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Ironic that a live tree died so that they could put up a sign for a dead tree.

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New Orleans LA

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Welcome, Bwahahaha!

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This city loves masks, and voodoo.

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Armstrong Park in New Orleans

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Home protection in New Orleans

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They don’t mess around here.

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They really don’t mess around here.

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They really really don’t mess around here.

 

Oak Valley Plantation Louisiana 

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