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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.


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.


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.


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. 


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.


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. 


A Summer of Waterfalls

“There’s no better place to find yourself than sitting by a waterfall and listening to its music” ―Roland R Kemler

We spent a lot of time this summer exploring waterfalls. Ithaca and the surrounding Finger Lake region were carved out by glaciers that formed gorges millions of years ago…leaving over 150 waterfalls within 10 miles of Ithaca. The waterfalls are  limitless in the Finger Lakes. After it rains they appear everywhere…you can spot them driving down the road or cruising on the lake. Not counting the ones that pop up after it rains, we explored 25 different waterfalls. Many had multiple falls so we actually saw more than 25.

Ithaca Falls is one of six falls on Fall Creek and is 150′ tall.


Manitou Springs Wrap Up

“If you don’t get out of the box you’ve been raised in, you won’t understand how much bigger the world is.” – Angelina Jolie

We had a wonderful time exploring the Pikes Peak region of Colorado. The appointment we had in Manitou Springs was perfectly located to all the things we wanted to do. It’s a very touristy town and we knew it would be, but I wouldn’t have stayed anywhere else. Everything we needed and wanted to do was only a few miles away. I have a feeling I might think differently during the summer, but fall is a great time to visit.


Nov. 3 – Red Rock Canyon Open Space

“Some beautiful paths can’t be discovered without getting lost.” – Erol Ozan
Since it was our last day in Manitou Springs and the weather was so wonderful we decided to do a little more exploring and hiking after lunch. We spent the afternoon at Red Rock Canyon Open Space