Saturday, March 15, 2014


You may not know this about me but, as a rule, I don't walk anywhere that I can't see where my feet are going. I'm not a fan of snakes, especially the kind that wave around a maraca. My hubby thinks it's hi-larious that I spent my entire life trying to get out of the suburbs, but now that I'm finally out in the country, I refuse to wander around in my own front yard, with the waist-high grasses. I love the view from my balcony, though. So, when I take my walks, I usually stick to the pavement. Problem is, after a while, you get pretty tired of walking the only three streets in your neighborhood, day after day.

When the Blue Hole Park opened up a couple of years ago, I began walking there for a change of pace. I knew there were some nature trails there, but I stuck to the nice wide jog/bike path. Not only because of snakes, but also because I have no sense of direction. Seriously. Apparently I suffer from an inability to rotate images in my head, so not only do I have to map out how to get someplace, I also have to map out the reverse course if I want to get home again. So, a winding path with lots of forks and branches, and no map to guide me? Hubby said "I can see the headlines now: Wimberley woman wanders lost for days, within a few feet of her own car!"

After awhile, though, I got bored again. So I ventured out on the tiny bit of trail that led up past the scenic overlook. Once I made it as far as the pavilion, however, I would always circle over to the pavement and head back to my car.

But, you guessed it, I got bored again. Plus, I got this Fitbit doohickey, and was a bit obsessed with finding new ways to get more steps each day. Eventually, I put on my big girl panties and followed this path to the far hinterlands of the park.

What did I find there? I found my Fortress of Solitude.

I found a tree cathedral, where the wind soughed through their branches, making a soft clacking noise reminiscent of bamboo windchimes.

The first time I came to this fork in the road, I chickened out and went to the right -- the one that headed back toward pavement. The next day I stood there for a moment, then said "What the hell? If I get lost, I get lost!"

The left path led me down a little ravine, to a mostly dry creek bed.

To my left was a water-filled depression, where a horde of lusty frogs were singing an ode to spring at the top of their lungs! Nothing to my right. Guess those stacked stones over there mean I'm supposed to cross the creek and climb out on the other side.

Next thing I know, I'm walking along the top of a cliff, looking down on the creek from afar.

At one point I connected with the hike & bike for a while, but soon I was able to head back into the trees.

I had no clue there were actually campsites in the park!

Eventually, I wound up right back where I started, having circled around all the sports fields and parking lots in the center of the park.

Each day I went back, taking different forks each time. Suddenly my walks weren't so boring anymore! And all it took was me peeking out over the edge of my little box.

A few days ago I sent an email to my friend Outdoor Woman, asking if she knew of any maps showing all the different trails in the park. She just sent me this Blue Hole master plan, and asked if I needed a guide to go walking with me. After looking it over I sent back a note saying "No thanks. Looks like I've pretty much covered them all already." Her reply? "Who are you? And why are you using Becky's email address?!!!"

Friday, March 14, 2014


Hubby had a few more photos, from his week-long adventure in geekdom, to share with you. The caption under Lexi's photo is his, not mine.

Just some random dude, boppin' down the street to his 60's hard rock tunes (I forget which band John said it was)
John gets his photo snapped with the Olympic track star who ran the 400 -- same event John ran back in high school.
Lex And Her Brother
They had some guy there doing funny storyboards for several of the speakers.
Another Random Dude
A Street Musician Across From The Old Driskill Hotel
A Very Fashionable Juggler
Tubas? We LOVE Tubas!
All in all, I think my hubby had a pretty amazing time, 'though his tail is definitely dragging now. Too bad it had to end on such an horrific note. As you've probably heard by now, on Wednesday evening a drunk driver drove through a police barricade, straight into the crowd down on 6th street (where most of these pics were taken), killing two and injuring at least two dozen more, some of them critically. So many lives ruined by one disastrous choice.

Thursday, March 13, 2014


Well, our little peach tree started blooming this week -- just in time for another of our infamous 50-degrees-in-24-hours plunges. Fortunately, I don't think it quite made it down to freezing. Plus, the crazy-mad winds we'd had all day finally died down a bit before it got that cold. Sooooo, if we're really, really lucky, and the birds don't beat us to them, we just might get a peach or two this year!

I am ever the optimist.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014


I might as well share a couple of pages from my "Draw Your Awesome Life" journal.


Monday, March 10, 2014


I fell in love with my little red tea kettle the first time I saw it. It was so SHINY!

Which is why, of course, I had to use my Twinkling H2Os to paint it. Unfortunately, the little flecks of mica are hard to capture in photographs. But if you could see it in person? You'd think it was way cool!

Sunday, March 9, 2014


Dear Hubby has been wearing himself to a frazzle the last three days, attending SXSW Interactive over in Austin. He got home at midnight the first night, and was off again by 7:00 the next morning. Last night he opted not to drive home in the rain, and crashed on our son's sofa instead. Not sure how long he can keep this up! Thought you might enjoy a few pics he sent me this morning.

Here you see crowds gathering for the premier of Jon Favreau's new indie film, Chef.

Nooooo! Don't go in Alexis!

Last but not least, a couple of "Keep Austin Weird" shots.

Hubby sounded a bit under the weather when I talked to him this morning, like he might be coming down with something. He'll probably be sick as a dog by the time it's all over, but it's probably worth it to him. Highlight so far? Getting to hear Neil Degrasse Tyson speak yesterday!