Holiday hiking and camping in West Texas

As I've done each year since I've moved to Austin, I headed out to West Texas during the holidays once again. I visited three state parks, a state historic site, a national park, a city park, a national recreation area, and about a half-dozen small towns. Over the six days I was gone I walked more than 70 miles and drove nearly 1200 in addition to that.

Posted on January 10, 2015 and filed under Travel.

The connected self: My 2014 stats

I've fully embraced the concept of the "connected self." Data at home is so much more fun than data at work. So, here's what I learned about my connected self in 2014, from the amount of pages I've read, to the online merchant I spent to most money with this year, and everything in between.

Posted on December 21, 2014 and filed under Personal.

Flying: My selfish time

I grew up on airplanes. With a father that is a pilot, I hopped on and off planes like most kids hopped in and out of their parents' minivans. And while our frequent flying fueled my brother's enchantment with becoming a pilot, I fell in love with air travel in a different way: I fell in love with being a passenger. 

Posted on February 26, 2014 and filed under Travel, Perspectives.

Flowers to remember: A recollection of juvenescence and germination

“What about a flower garden?” my father asked us, eager to begin yet another project. We already had the wouldn’t-it-be-nice-if-we-had-fresh-tomatoes-everyday vegetable garden, the we-have-four-kids-and-they-need-somewhere-to-play swing set, and the daddy-built-it-because-he-wanted-a-reason-to-buy-a-grill back deck.

Posted on January 26, 2014 and filed under Writing.

Hiking in Guadalupe Mountains National Park

For New Year's 2013, Ken and I visited Big Bend National Park in west Texas. The weather was temperate and the park was breathtaking. We had such a great time that we decided to visit Guadalupe Mountains National Park, also in west Texas, for another post-Christmas outdoor adventure one year later. This time we also brought along Ken's younger brother Thomas.

Posted on January 9, 2014 and filed under Travel.