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Hello ‘Gators!

Hello ‘Gators!

Texas had a bit more in store for us, seeing as it is just endless. We left the beaches and drove through Houston to spend a couple of days in…

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To the Texas Beach, Baby!

To the Texas Beach, Baby!

We left off with a brief mention of Pedernales Falls and Reimer Ranch. I have a couple more photos of the small but unique little water holes there. Here's a…

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Austin. ‘Nuff Said.

Austin. ‘Nuff Said.

Go figure we liked Austin.  I'd expected it to be fun and young like Portland or Boulder, but what surprised both Kate and I was just how active it is.…

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Texas Teaser

Texas Teaser

Everything's bigger here!  We definitely noticed this when entering the original Six Flags in Arlington.  No pics, but a little taste of what we saw: One family of six carried…

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Oklahoma: Tree Overload!

Oklahoma: Tree Overload!

Eastern Oklahoma brought forests and ticks to us! Before you naysayers explain the claustrophobia inducing dense trees of the east coast, let me remind you that we're coming from Arizona.…

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The Day Our Dog Grew Up

The Day Our Dog Grew Up

Determined to not cross over our footsteps like we did so many times in New Mexico, our first major decision for the next leg of the trip was whether or…

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New Mexico’s Bisti Badlands

New Mexico’s Bisti Badlands

The Bisti Wilderness is another red dot on our National Geographic Road Atlas that seems to be well kept secret on the statewide nature scene.  It's a fragile looking geological…

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Ancient Native Cultural Ruins

Ancient Native Cultural Ruins

As we complete our figure eight of New Mexico, we headed through ruins from various Native American tribes.  Our first stop was the Chaco Cultural National Historic Park, which is…

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Meow Wolf or: How I Learned to Question Santa Fe

Meow Wolf or: How I Learned to Question Santa Fe

I'll get to Meow Wolf in a minute, but first our journey starts with a classic road trip flat tire. We were on our way through the Salinas Pueblo Missions…

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Alien Caves and Coverups

Alien Caves and Coverups

After spending a whole two nights in the same campsite it was time to cover some ground!  We cruised back through Las Cruces, stopping to sweat and shower at Planet…

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Driving To The White Sands

Driving To The White Sands

We woke up to a gorgeous morning on highway 152 and cleaned up a bit of camp before heading over Emory Pass.  Being in a van limits hike-in camping spots…

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Exploring Gila (pronounced HEE-luh)

Exploring Gila (pronounced HEE-luh)

By now I'm starting to realize that it's not going to be a long, introspective, 40-days-of-meditation kind of trip.  Not sure why I thought we'd be swimming in free time,…

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New Mexico Has a Pie Town!

New Mexico Has a Pie Town!

With little internet and even less predisposition to do research we had no idea if Pie Town, NM, would actually serve pies, if the pies were made of food, or…

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Albuquerque, Petroglyphs, Watering Holes, and Volcanoes.

Albuquerque, Petroglyphs, Watering Holes, and Volcanoes.

Headed south from Lake Cochiti we veered into Tent Rocks National Monument, then proceeded to immediately veer back because not only was there a line to get in (at 9am…

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Northern New Mexico

Northern New Mexico

Only a few centimeters in on the map of New Mexico is the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, which gaps an impressive drop in the middle of a vast valley. We…

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Great Sand Dunes & Zapata Falls

Great Sand Dunes & Zapata Falls

We had a local's inside knowledge (friend of the sis-in-law) to point us where to camp near the dunes. We set up near Zapata Falls to the south of the park…

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Van Trip Kickoff: Took Us Long Enough!

Van Trip Kickoff: Took Us Long Enough!

Our journey started with some housekeeping steps including picking up the rest of our family!  On the way down to Crested Butte, Colorado we stopped at Hanging Lakes and hiked…

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