Kansas Cider

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This cider mill was very fun to visit!

One of the extra fun things about traveling is the unexpected discoveries. I drove through most of Kansas today and stopped for the day in Louisburg, on the outskirts of Kansas City, Kansas. I am actually very close to the Missouri border.

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As I was driving to my RV park, I passed the Louisburg Cider Mill. I went to my RV park and hooked up electric and water to the motorhome, unhitched the Jeep, and immediately drove to the Cider Mill. What a fun discovery! The sell wonderful cider so I bought a jug. I also bought a cider slushy and a t-shirt. They had cider flavored donuts, and all kinds of spices and snacks. I had never heard of the place, but I loved the time I spent there!

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Eddie’s BBQ

Eddie's BBQ

Absolutely wonderful barbecue in Lubbock, Texas! And it has a great name too!

Texas barbecue is famous and I have enjoyed eating it at multiple different restaurants. In Lubbock I was looking at restaurants that were highly rated. I discovered one with my name in the title so I had to try Eddie’s BBQ.

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Fantastic brisket!

I had a chopped brisket sandwich and absolutely loved it!

Texas Flowers

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The bluebonnet flowers are so delicate and beautiful!

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I enjoyed a drive in the Texas hill country and went on a drive from Austin to Marble Falls. I especially enjoyed the spring flowers! The bluebonnet flowers in Texas are quite famous and I loved taking photos of them in different locations. It is tricky to take flower photos on a windy day, but I still had a wonderful time!

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These flowers are spectacular!

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Final Four!

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I was so excited to attend my first Final Four and national championship college basketball games!!

I completed a multi-day bucket list item! I traveled to San Antonio, Texas and attended the Final Four and the national championship college basketball games!

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It was awesome to be in San Antonio, Texas for the final three basketball games of the 2017 – 2018 season.

I was so excited to attend the games in person along with Neil. We had a great time and thoroughly enjoyed seeing the final games of the season.

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I had fun watching all four teams practice on the Friday before two semifinal games!

On Saturday, we first watched Michigan defeat Loyola Chicago. This was followed by watching Villanova defeat Kansas. Two days later, we watched the championship game and saw Villanova beat Michigan. The Villanova Wildcats were an extremely impressive team!

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Neil and I kept talking about our bucket list item of watching the Final Four in person!

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Neil and I had fun standing in front of this replica of the National Championship trophy!

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It was inspiring to see the flag raised!

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We watching the Villanova Wildcats defeat the Michigan Wolverines to win the National Championship!

Rodeo!

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I could not believe the intensity of riding a bucking horse!

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Cowboys would fly off their horses!

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There were many nice smiles too!

I joined 6 other people and enjoyed the National Senior Pro rodeo in Wickenburg, Arizona. It was a beautiful day and there was lots of activity. I enjoyed all the colors and pageantry of the rodeo.

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There were many rough landings!

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Hang on!!

The bucking broncos were very intense!

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Carlsbad Caverns National Park!

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Carlsbad Caverns is so beautiful!

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The chandelier! Awesome!

We had an absolutely fabulous and fantastic day! We visited the “eighth wonder of the world” and hiked into Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico. It was a phenomenal experience!

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I loved this experience!

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The rock formations were so beautiful!

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Stand and stare in wonder and amazement!

My favorite sections were the “king’s palace” and the “big room.” It was incredible to see the size of the rooms and all the different rock formations. It was truly awesome to view such beauty.

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We could not get enough of seeing these sights!

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We got a workout by walking for about five hours with only a few breaks. We were so excited to see the next formation we simply kept walking and walking. Thank goodness there was an elevator available to exit the cavern!

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Seeing Carlsbad Caverns was an amazing experience!

The park service did a great job with highlighting the amazing rock features. We did one ranger-lead tour and one tour on our own. I loved every second of the experience!

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The rock formations are outstanding!

 

 

 

Texas Football!

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John and I had a wonderful time together!

I had a wonderful opportunity to visit John in Austin. We had a great time talking, going on a hike, eating barbecue, and attending a football game!

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Hook ‘Em Horns!

I have always wanted to attend a University of Texas at Austin football game. For decades they have been one of the top teams in the country and they have a rich football tradition. Their football stadium is the ninth largest stadium in the world!

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The crowd goes wild as the team runs onto the field!

It was especially fun to watch Texas play Kansas State. The two teams were evenly matched and Texas won the game in double overtime! John and I had a wonderful time being together!

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We had great seats and it was fun watching Texas drive into the end-zone for a touchdown!

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My whole life, I remember this huge drum on TV at half-time of Texas games. It is enormous! It was fun to finally see it in real life and how it takes 4 people to spin it around and another person to swing the massive drum stick.