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Great trout fishing in the Ozarks
This past weekend we went trout fishing on the White River in the Ozarks of northern Arkansas. Most of the fishing was done with waders, but we did hire a guide one day to take us on a boat.
My fiancÚ had never been trout fishing before ... Read more
Camping and Hiking in West Texas
This week I went hiking and camping in far west Texas with the San Antonio Adventure Club. We made the 8-hour drive last Friday and set up camp near the trail head to the highest peak in Texas - Guadalupe Mountain. While only about 9,000 ft in... Read more
The "fun" began after I returned from Jazz Fest in New Orleans.
I went on a 6-day trip to visit family and friends on the way to Jazz Fest in New Orleans. I stayed with a family in Slidell, Louisiana that really made me feel like part of the family. On the day we went to Jazz Fest, Jimmy Buffet, Pitbull, a... Read more
Fall Hiking Vacation - Part 4, Northern Arizona
The last stop on my big trip was Page, Arizona. Here is a picture of Lake Powell as I headed towards Page from Southern Utah.
I planned to hike two "slot canyons" wh... Read more
Fall Hiking Vacation - Part 3 Southern Utah
After I left Bryce Canyon, I left for Page, Arizona (on the Arizona-Utah border). As I drove, I made several more hikes along the road in Southern Utah. Close to Bryce Canyon, a hiked for a short period in Red Canyon, Utah. Here are a couple ... Read more
Fall Hiking Vacation - Part 2, Bryce Canyon
After 2 days of great hiking with my son and his family in the Grand Tetons, I headed on to Bryce Canyon National Park in southern Utah. I spent 2 days hiking there (about 19 miles total) in some of the most beautiful scenery I've ever been aro... Read more
Fall Hiking Vacation - Part 1, Grand Tetons
I just got back from a fantastic 2-week hiking vacation in Wyoming, Utah, and Arizona. Today I'll share some of the stories and pictures from the first stop - Grand Tetons National Park in Wyoming. I met my son and his family there for a few d... Read more
Not a Good Week at the Ranch...
What a week! I went to the ranch this week to get in three days of work. When I arrived, I discovered that lightning had burned up my cell signal booster, my DirecTV receiver, my DVD player, my television, and my coffee pot. And that was with... Read more
Rocky Mountain High
Since my wife passed away in January, I decided to make three trips this year to help with the grief. I planned to visit friends and do something active on each trip. This was my second trip - a trip to Colorado to visit friends and do some hi... Read more
A Little Introspection
I have not been successful during the past two 5% challenges. I get the fitness minutes in, but I don't lose the weight. I seemed to be so busy getting big "fitness" numbers with easy and fun activities that I wasn't doing enough of the reall... Read more
A Great Vacation
I just got home from a great 2 week road trip vacation. I traveled almost 4,000 miles and visited friends in North Carolina, Virginia, and Pennsylvania. It was the perfect vacation to take my mind off the recent passing of my wife. I thought ... Read more
World Walking Day
Yesterday was World Walking Day and the American Volkssport Association (a national nonprofit organization of nation-wide hiking clubs) sponsored a walk in San Antonio, Texas. Since my wife used to be the Executive Director of this organization... Read more
Hill Country Hiking Lessons
A few weeks ago, I joined the San Antonio Adventure Club. It looks like a fun group with numerous activities almost every day. The latest hike a few days ago was definitely the "adventure." We planned to do a 5-mile hike in the Hill Country S... Read more
Mardi Gras fun with my son
My wife and I always enjoyed the Mardi Gras parades in New Orleans, but we had never been to the really big parades. A year ago we made reservations for the last week of the parades to finally see them. Unfortunately my wife passed away in Jan... Read more
Camping at the Lake
My son and his kids invited me to go tent camping with them last weekend. It seemed a good way to get my mind away from the loss of my wife, so I agreed. We went to a place called Inks Lake State Park in the Hill Country of central Texas - jus... Read more