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May 6-9 Keuka Lake Getaway

“I think togetherness is a very important ingredient to family life.” –Barbara Bush 

Let the summer season begin…although here in upstate New York spring is only beginning. The summer season isn’t just about what temperature it is outside, but the feeling we have when we’re here. We look forward to new adventures, time with family and enjoying our beautiful surroundings.

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Back to Our Summer Home

“Laughter is timeless, imagination has no age, and dreams are forever.” -Walt Disney

This is our twelve year to head east for the season. Leaving Texas and heading to the east coast gives us a chance to enjoy two springs each year. After spending a week driving to Pennsylvania we spent four nights at our son’s house, collecting lots of hugs and having fun playing with our grandwonders.

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April 22-24 Bradstown, KY

“If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.” –Maya Angelou

Our second stop on our way north for the season was Bardstown, KY. We love to explore little out of the way small towns and when they’re labeled the “Most Beautiful Small Town in America”, well we’re truly interested. Bardstown is also known as the “Bourbon Capital of the World” and is home to nine notable distilleries including Maker’s Mark, Jim Beam and Bardstown Bourbon Co. We spent our day wandering through the shops in town and visiting a couple of distilleries.

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April 19-22 Hot Springs, AR

“Without new experience, something in us sleeps. The sleeper must awaken.” –Anonymous 

Spring has arrived in south Texas and summer is quickly moving in, so it’s time for us to begin our migration north. This spring we are taking a little detour through Arkansas and Kentucky…exploring a few new places on our way first to Pennsylvania and then up to the lake to get The Pearl ready for another season.

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April 8 – Hiking at Enchanted Rock

“The only way of finding the limits of the possible is by going beyond them into the impossible.” ― Arthur C. Clarke
Enchanted Rock State Natural Area offers visitors a chance to get out and explore. You can hike, camp, backpack, rock climb or just enjoy a picnic and take in the amazing views of Enchanted Rock, Little Rock and Turkey Peak. Enchanted Rock is a pink granite mountain located north of Fredericksburg, Texas. It’s the largest pink granite monadnock in the United States. The granite dome rises 425 feet above the surrounding terrain to an elevation of 1,825 feet and offers amazing views of the Texas Hill Country as far as the eyes can see.

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April 5-9 Texas Hill Country Getaway

“Spring: a lovely reminder of how beautiful change can truly be.” -Tracy McMillan

We kept our Pennsylvania grands in October while Kyle and Brytanie took a much needed vacation. As a thank you for our nannie serves they gave us a gift card for the Sage Hill Inn & Spa near Kyle, Texas. We decided we’d save our getaway until spring, so we could enjoy the spring weather and the wonderful wildflowers Texas has to offer in April. The Inn sits atop a hill on 88 acres above Onion Creek, with sweeping views of the Hill Country to the West.

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Waterfall Tranformation

“What good is the warmth of summer without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.” -John Steinbeck
Regular readers of this blog know I love finding and visiting waterfalls. There’s just something that is so relaxing to spend time sitting next to or swimming in waterfalls. Upstate New York is full of beautiful waterfalls and we have found at least a hundred and have many more to discover. 

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Happy New Year 2022

“What a wonderful thought it is that some of the best days of our lives haven’t even happened yet.” -Anne FrankHappy New Year…we look forward to 2022 and the new adventures it brings. We hope it will include a little more travel, although we feel luc…

Looking Back at 2021

“The best thing about memories…is making them.” -Author Unknown

In January we said good-bye to our home and our life in Port Lavaca and moved aboard Texas Pearl. It feels wonderful being free to come and go as we please with less responsibilities.

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Merry Christmas

“Not what we have, but what we enjoy, constitutes our abundance.” –Epicurus

Merry Christmas and Happy New year. After selling our home in January and taking a trip to Pennsylvania to see Kyle and his family we spent a quiet winter in Rockport enjoying Eric and his family. We finally broke loose of our Covid isolation practices when we headed north for the season. We visited with cruising friends and spent time in Charleston. It felt wonderful to be with friends and eat at some of our favorite places again. Things may not be exactly the same, but it’s getting there. 

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