Christmas Week in Houston

From reading the news, I get the impression that some of our fellow Americans would consider it a sign of the apocalypse if they pulled into a state park campground and discovered that their neighbors were a Chinese family and the over-the-air TV options included several stations in Vietnamese. This is exactly what happened to … Read more Christmas Week in Houston

So Many Stars at Davis Mountains State Park

My ill-fated trip to the East coast last week affected our planning for the fall, since after leaving El Paso we needed to traverse many miles of West Texas and fit in several planned visits before getting ourselves to Austin in time for Thanksgiving. Our hop-scotching across the state started with a drive to Davis … Read more So Many Stars at Davis Mountains State Park

Sun, Sand, Space, and Nuts in Alamogordo, NM

Driving from T or C to our next destination in Alamogordo was a challenge, because a weather front brought us 20 mph winds that whipped up the fine New Mexico sands into fog-like sandstorms. Despite the inauspicious start to our stay, we ended up really enjoying Alamogordo. We took our cues directly from our friends … Read more Sun, Sand, Space, and Nuts in Alamogordo, NM

Bulging Shopping Totes and Radio Telescopes

After the conclusion of the exhilarating yet exhausting Balloon Fiesta we relocated a short distance to a private RV park located next to a casino in the Albuquerque area. Albuquerque is very clearly the commercial center of New Mexico, since almost half of the state’s 2 million residents live in the ABQ area. This meant … Read more Bulging Shopping Totes and Radio Telescopes

The Best of Times and the Worst of Times at Balloon Fiesta

Attending the International Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque is a double bucket list item for us (well, me). It’s an event sponsored by Canon, and it is a photographer’s delight. It is also a major stop for RVers, since being parked right on the festival grounds gives RVers unparalleled access to the event. So we signed … Read more The Best of Times and the Worst of Times at Balloon Fiesta