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.

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President George W. Bush Childhood Home!

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We really enjoyed our tour of President George W Bush’s childhood home!

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Very nice community!

We had a nice day trip to Midland, Texas and had the opportunity to visit the childhood home of President George W. Bush. It was quite interesting to see. The house has been refurbished and is unique as it is the only house in the United States that has been the home of two presidents, two governors, and one first lady. A very amazing history indeed!

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Amazing history here! The only home in the US for two presidents, two governors, and a first lady. Truly amazing history!

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This is President George W Bush’s bedroom!

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The classic black telephone!

It was fun to see George W. Bush’s room while growing up, the type of old telephone, and various items in the kitchen. It was also interesting to learn that President H.W. Bush was an excellent baseball player for Yale.

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There was no shower (not uncommon in those days) in the only bathroom.

We had fun having our picture taken with the cut-out of President Bush.

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Don’t Bring a Pitchfork to a Gun Fight!

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Neil and I were getting excited to watch the game!

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This is the famous Red Raider. Guns Up!

I really enjoy college football. As a delayed birthday gift from Amy and Neil, I was invited to attend the football game between the Texas Tech Red Raiders and the Arizona State Sun Devils. Since I am a University of Arizona Wildcat, I was rooting against the Sun Devils! Go Red Raiders! The front of a t-shirt people were wearing at the game said “Don’t Bring a Pitchfork to a Gun Fight!”

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The game was delayed for about an hour due to lightening and 50 mile per hour winds. However, that did not dampen the enthusiasm of the crowd. The crowd was loud and quite interested in supporting their team. The saying for Texas Tech is “Guns Up” and the crowd makes a gun symbol with their hands. It was fun to be a part of the loud Texas Tech crowd. The game largely turned into an offensive game, with Texas Tech winning 52 to 45.

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The Red Raider symbol is everywhere!

It turned out that this game was designed to honor the cotton industry in the area. Many people wore white shirts to promote the cotton industry, but I wore a red Texas Tech t-shirt.

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There is a large amount of cotton around Lubbock!

 

Sunrise!

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The sun was gorgeous as it peaked over the landscape!

We have been enjoying some beautiful sunrises the last few days. The local news has talked about the fires in Montana and the wind that has been blowing ash into west Texas. The thickness in that atmosphere has produced a nice orange sunrise.

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I switched to my telephoto lens to get a closer view of the clouds and colors.

This morning I headed from Lubbock to Brownfield, Texas and found a nice dirt road without city lights. I setup my tripod and waited to enjoy the show as the sun came up.

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It was nice to see the clouds in front of the sun!

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I had fun trying a couple of lenses and different settings. It was very spectacular!

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The silhouette of these weeds was nice with the sunrise in the background.

Church Rock, New Mexico

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Red Rock Park was beautiful! I had fun riding around inside their rodeo arena!

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The red rocks and storm clouds were spectacular!

I had a wonderful time visiting Red Rock Park! It has beautiful red rocks and reminds me of both Kanab, Utah and Sedona, Arizona. Mountain bikes were welcome on the trails, so I rode all over the area. There were steps on the two trails I tried, so I rode on the main area around the campground.

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Apparently, this park used to be owned by the State of New Mexico, but is now owned by the city of Gallup. For $20, I had a 50 amp site with water in a gorgeous area! The only negative aspect was all the sites were sandy. I tried to minimize tracking sand into the motorhome.

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It was funny, but the tiny Post Office for Church Rock was right next to the campground.

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This was a cute Post Office!

I loved the beauty of the area!

 

Flagstaff, Arizona

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I absolutely love the combination plates at La Fonda! It has always been my favorite restaurant in Flagstaff.

I love visiting Flagstaff! Normally cool, the high temperatures were in the 90s, while it was 115 to 119 in Phoenix! However, it still cooled down very nicely in the evening!

My favorite restaurant in Flagstaff is La Fonda. I absolutely love their combination plates. Yummy!

 

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I miss my Mom. She truly was a fantastic wife, mother, and friend!

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I miss talking with my father. I admired all of his common sense.

It always touches my heart to go to the Flagstaff cemetery and visit my parents’ graves. It is a time for reflection, thinking about the future, and being thankful for such wonderful memories of my parents. I know my parents would be so proud of Amy and John and the lives they have built!

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I had fun visiting my old elementary school! I loved attending this school!

I had a chance to visit my old elementary school! I really enjoyed Sechrist School and still have fantastic memories of my teachers and classmates. I was quite fortunate to attend such an excellent school.

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Finding the Flagstaff Folk Festival was an unexpected surprise. I loved all the guitars!

A special treat was attending the Flagstaff Folk Festival! There were four venues going with different groups playing for about 30 minutes each. I moved around between the different groups and heard all kinds of instruments and many different singers. It was wonderful. It started raining during the afternoon. It was fantastic to listen to people playing their guitars, with the sound of the rain on the roof and the wonderful smell of the rain coming in through the door. It was a fantastic time!

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The Secret Handshake was the name of this group. They were fantastic and everyone loved listening to them play and sing!

The group Secret Handshake was my favorite. They play weekly in Flagstaff and seem to have quite a following. I loved their music.

 

Holbrook, Arizona

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I loved this beautiful Jeep!!

One of the fun things about visiting small towns is the unexpected discoveries along the way. I was talking with the lady in the office of the RV park enjoying their coffee and muffins. She told me there was a car show going on and that the whole town would turn out to attend. I had fun seeing the awesome Jeep and other vehicles.

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This Holbrook dinosaur stole my hat and ate my arm!

 

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I drove all the way from Amarillo the previous day.

One of the most fun aspects was the live bands over the course of the afternoon. They keep everyone entertained and all the feet were tapping. It was very fun and quite unexpected experience!

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These cute girls were dressed up from the 1950s and received several awards.