• Thoughts

    2011 | In Review

    Miss 2010’s review? 2010 is here I’m going to recap 2011 a little differently than 2010. I always like doing these reviews because it allows me to see what exactly I did without thinking I didn’t do anything at all. Backpacking We thru-hiked the Florida Trail in January and February (and a smidge of March). We hiked theCrosstimbers Trail with my brother and dad. I think we might have started a tradition? Thanksgiving was spent on top of Texas and the subsequent days were spent hiking throughout Guadalupe Mountains National Park. While I didn’t go, Chris spent two weeks camping in various places in remote regions of Florida’s swamps. He…

  • Family

    Two Sweetpeas

    On Christmas Eve I did not get to see these two, my niece and nephew, for very long, only a few hours in the evening. They were both sick and Zoe was dealing with a reaction to the medication she was on, so my ideas of visiting them at their house were sacked. But, I did get to see them for awhile and I got to see Grayson smile and laugh at me, and Zoe made me eat Christmas Eve dinner next to her at her kid table (me in the floor) while she watched ‘kid tv’—aka: Rio. I say ‘made’ me sit with her—but I really didn’t mind. I…

  • Thoughts

    Top 5 Christmas List

    Before I leave for the long weekend I thought I’d do a quick top 5 of my favorites for Christmas. Share yours! Movies A Christmas Story: My absolute favorite Love Actually Bridget Jones’ Diary Little Women It’s a Wonderful Life Songs Carol of the Bells O Holy Night must be by Bing Crosby Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas loving the She & Him version. Last Christmas only because it reminds me of Eliana. Christmas Time is Here Charlie Brown Christmas My brother has been chronicling his favorites these last few weeks. Happy Christmas everyone!

  • Memes

    Lobsters | Retro Photo

    Another photo from the old hard drive. This was in front of our old apartment in Melbourne, Florida, circa 2003. We caught these off of Vero Beach while scuba diving. Probably one of the most fun things we did in Florida and we surely didn’t do it enough. Good times…

  • Local Adventures,  Texas

    Local Adventures | Natural Bridge Caverns

    As I said in this post we went to Natural Bridge Caverns after our weekend camping trip and I have to say, it was well worth the money. I’ve seen two other caves, Penn’s Cave and Longhorn Caverns, which were both nice, but this one topped both of them. Only discovered in the early 1960s, the cave was discovered on private land is still privately held. The ‘natural bridge’ above one of the entrances to the cave. There were some fantastic formations in this cave and I was absolutely in awe every time we turned around. I was also happy that we were able to take our time, somewhat, in…

  • Gardening

    Mini Harvest | Carrots

    We planted the carrot seeds on October 3rd and they are just beginning to come into harvest time. We picked a few of the larger ones to determine if the rest were ready but from the looks of it I think we need to wait another week or two for them to fatten up. Any good ideas for carrots besides decorating them on a bed of lettuce?

  • Outdoors

    Backpacking | Beginnings

    Was going through an old hard drive looking for gallery worthy photos for the website and instead it sent me back into nostalgia. From January 2007… The sketchiest place we’ve ever pumped water from…but there was no other water! These are at Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park during our first ever backpacking adventure together. Who knew it would evolve to getting better gear… and walking to Maine…. and the length/part of the width of Florida? Go put on an old external frame Kelty and see what happens…you just never know!