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

Stalking Cranes at Goose Island

After leaving Padre Island our journey north along the coast presented a few routing choices, mainly because watery areas like barrier islands and coastal marshes tend to have limited roads and bridges. The Texas Department of Transportation operates two ferries as part of the state road system, one crossing Aransas Pass at the north end … Read more Stalking Cranes at Goose Island

Adventures of the Lame in Austin, Texas

Austin, Texas is world famous for its vibrant live music scene, and has a well-deserved reputation for culinary innovation. There is live music performed every day of the week at venues ranging from formal performance spaces to breweries to parking lots. There are scores of highly lauded restaurants offering cuisines from around the world. What … Read more Adventures of the Lame in Austin, Texas

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

Heading East for Volunteer Commitments, or How Travel Can Make Me Cry

One thing that I found particularly hard when we hit the road was giving up involvement in the community. Over the years I have done pro bono legal work through Legal Aid and served on the boards of several different nonprofit organizations. When we lived in Palm Beach County I volunteered regularly at our local … Read more Heading East for Volunteer Commitments, or How Travel Can Make Me Cry