Posted on April 6th, 2019

On April 2, 2019 we visited 4 of the painted churches of Texas. Click here to see our images from this visit.
During the first week of April we camped out at Palmetto State Park near Gonzales, Texas.  Click here to share our adventure.

Posted on October 18th, 2018

From August 21 to August 27 we visited Seattle and areas  to the north of Seattle.  The image at left is a statue of Chief Seattle that is in Pioneer Square.

Brief reports on the following can be found by clicking on the appropriate link:Below is an image of Mt. Rainier taken from our airplane.  The image is hazy due to smoke from wildfires in British Columbia.

Posted on August 12th, 2018

From May 17, 2018 through June 8, 2018 we had a road trip through New Mexico, Arizona, Utah and Colorado before returning to Texas.  The above photo shows our loaded Subaru Outback as we headed out.  Most of our camping gear is in the overhead bin.  

​Links to the highlights of the  trip are as follows: 

Southwest Utah Camping

Coral Pink Sands State Park

Kodachrome State 

Bryce Canyon National Park

Alamosa

Great Sand Dunes National Park

Half way through our trip we spent a great week with our daughter in Grand Junction.  While there, we went to several Junior College World Series baseball games.

Posted on May 10th, 2018

Click on the photo below to see our 2018 gardening project.
This 2018 garden page was update on August 14, 2018.

Posted on April 21st, 2018

Click on the above photo to see our Colorado Bend SP camping trip and adventures.

Posted on April 15th, 2018

Wildflower photography.  Click on the above photo to see our  images from our April 12th day trip in the hill country.

by Bob Lippincott on March 31st, 2018

This is the Panamanian flag.  The stars stand for the the two political parties at the time the flag was adopted in 1949.  The blue represents the Conservative Party and the red represents the Liberal Party.

Click on the flag to read about our adventures and view our photos .

by Bob Lippincott on September 10th, 2017

On our 52nd anniversary we went to Higginsville, MO to view and photograph the total solar eclipse.

To read our story click here: Eclipse Adventure

To see our photos click here: Eclipse Photos




Posted on October 7th, 2016

Here are the major stops on our 2016 Fall Road Trip:

Abilene, Texas    September 26, 2016
Florissant Fossil Beds​   September 27, 2016

Posted on March 10th, 2016

On March 9, 2016 we made our first visit to the west unit of Saguaro NP.  We were limited on time as we had reservations in California for that night.  We stopped here to get our first stamps in our new 2016 Centennial National Park Passport book.  We had time for a picnic lunch and a few photos on a clear, beautiful Arizona afternoon.  Here are the photos:

Posted on March 10th, 2016

First day of our March 2016 Road Trip.  This park has four bird blinds for photographers.  This blog will show the trail to the blind, the blind and a few photos from the blind.  Here are a few photos from our visit to this Texas state park located 5 miles south of Junction, TX.

Posted on April 20th, 2014

On Wednesday, April 16, 2014 we took a day trip to the Nails Creek Unit of Lake Somerville State Park.  Our purpose was to check out the campground for a future trip, find a geocache and do some wildfower photography.

The campground is nice, we found a geocache and we enjoyed getting photos of wildflowers.  The best display of wildflowers was in a meadow near the Newman Bottom area of the park.  

The link to our photos is as the following: Newman Bottom

Posted on April 14th, 2014

On Saturday, April 12, 2014, we took a guided hike in this preserve in Austin.  Here is the link to our visit: Bright Leaf

Posted on December 19th, 2013

We left Austin on September 24, 2013 for a 4463 mile road trip, returning to Austin on October 21, 2013.  The numbered locations are explained below.  Several of these have links to see photos of the area.
  1. Overnight in Amarillo, TX on 09/24/13
  2. Visit to Sand Creek Massacre NHS
  3. Overnight in Pueblo, CO 09/25/13
  4. Camping in Gunnison, CO 09/26/13
  5. Photos near Crested Butte see Colorado Color
  6. Arrived at Beth's on 09/27/13.  We made her Grand Junction, CO house the hub for 3 weeks as we explored Utah and Western Colorado
  7. Photos near Dallas Divide see Colorado Color
  8. Two nights in Durango 09/28 and 09/30/13
  9. Photos along Route #550 see Colorado Color
  10. Photos on the Grand Mesa see Colorado Color
  11. Photos at Goblin State Park
  12. Two nights in Torrey, UT 10/09 and 10/10/13
  13. Photos near Burr Trail
  14. Photos near Moab
  15. Photos at Sedona, AZ
  16. Overnight in Flagstaff, AZ 10/17/13
  17. Camping and photos at City of Rocks State Park 10/18/13
  18. Photos at White Sands NM
  19. Overnight in Alamogordo, NM 10/19/13
  20. Photos at Guadalupe NP
  21. Overnight in Fort Stockton, TX 10/20/13
  22. Home

Posted on September 6th, 2013

This was the day we were to spend at Yosemite NP.  Due to the Rim Fire we ended up spending the day in Kingsburg, California.

Kingsburg was established as a railroad town in the 1870's.  It was mostly settled by Swedish natives, giving it the nickname of "Little Sweden".  In 1921, 94% of the residents within a 3 mile radius of the town were of Swedish descent.

Many of the buildings in the town show Swedish styling.  The water tower is designed as an antique Swedish coffee pot.

We had lunch at a Chinese restaurant, Sun Hong Kong.

During our walk through the downtown area we visited the two cell 1925 jail that had been turned into a museum.  Notice the murals on the front and back of the jail.

Below are our images from our downtown tour.  Click on any of these for a larger view.

Posted on September 2nd, 2013

In the fall of 2011, we visited the vineyards of the Willamette Valley in Oregon for a photography workshop.  The area is famous for their pinot noir wines.  We took various images of the grapes and vineyards.  

This August (2013) we returned for a brief visit.  We were able to purchase a bottle of wine from the grapes that we had photographed. 

The first set of photographs below are from October 20, 2011.  That year the grapes were late to mature.  As seen in the photos, the grapes were still on the vines.  It was great for photography, but risky for the winemakers as the approaching winter weather could ruin the grapes.

This year was quite different as on August 19th, they were already preparing to pick the grapes, a full 2 months ahead of 2011.  The second set of photos are from this year.






Click on any of the images below for a larger view.

2011

2013


Posted on September 1st, 2013

We were in Canby, Oregon a few days before their Annual Dahlia Festival.  We had seen a report on local TV and decided to visit Swan Island Dahlias. 

Below are a few photos taken during our visit.
Near the dahlia farm, we had lunch at a delightful local restaurant.

Posted on August 31st, 2013

One of our many favorite Oregon destinations is Cannon Beach.  The photo above is from a previous trip.  We researched dinner options and discovered that Mo's had excellent beach views.  The view is seen at left.

Due to timing, we weren't able to enjoy a Cannon Beach sunset on this trip.

Posted on July 29th, 2013

As owners of a new Nikon D7100 camera and a new REI Camp Dome 4 tent, we decided to take a two day camping trip, despite the temperature approaching 100˚.

We camped near San Antonio along the Salado Creek.  The creek is just beyond the tree line behind our tent. 
Above our tent in one of the many pecan trees was a Muscovy duck.  It stayed in this position for quite a while.

A hike/bike trail , the Salado Creek Greenway, was convenient for our morning and evening walks.  Images of the trail and creek are seen below.
Across the road from the campground was a bus stop for the #24 city bus.  For $1.20 each we got a ride downtown to the river walk.  We were told that we could catch the return bus from the convention center.  Sure enough when we returned to the convention center - there was bus #24.  What we weren't told was that there are more than one #24 routes.  You guessed it! We took the wrong #24.

We got to a stop labeled "end of line".  We asked the driver and he said that we had taken the short line #24, not the long.  He then proceded to drop us off at another stop that was along the route of the long route #24.  After a 29 minute wait in an unfamiliar part of town, we boarded the second #24 to come along.  Yes, there are apparently at least three #24 routes.

While on the river walk we did enjoy the sights and tastes of the area as evidenced by the following images.
Our tent site fortunately had an electrical hookup, so we plugged in the fan that we had brought along. It was a beautiful moon lit night! We brought the fan into the tent when we retired for the night. That worked for us as we both got some sleep. 

Through the trees from our site we were treated to views of the near full moon. 

Posted on September 23rd, 2012

On August 16, 2012 we left on what would be a 21 day, 5648 mile road trip.  The main purpose of the trip was to meet our daughter, grandson and granddaughter in Denver where we would pick up our grandson's stuff.  We then drove this stuff across country to Boston where he will be a freshman at Emerson College.  A week after Denver, he and his mother flew to Boston where we met them.




Unloading stuff at Emerson.
During the trip we were in 17 states, did 24 geocaches and visited the following:

Of the 24 geocaches we found on the trip, one of the more interesting ones was at the Liberty Hill Schoolhouse.  This a one room schoolhouse located a few miles south of Greenup, IL.  The red pump, seen in the photo, still works.


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