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.
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 ;).
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
Back to CA
Key West FL
Jesse’s got her eye on K.
Universal Studios Florida
New Orleans LA
Armstrong Park in New Orleans
Home protection in New Orleans
Oak Valley Plantation Louisiana