Hike in Austin

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It was spectacular where the water flowed next to the trail!

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There were beautiful spring flowers along the trail.

 

John and I went on a wonderful hike in Austin. It was a nature trail on the outskirts of the city. We hiked a total of 6 miles through a beautiful area. Someone went through quite a bit of effort to create steps through many sections of the trail. It was great exercise for my legs!

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The trail was extremely well maintained and it provided excellent exercise!

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We also enjoyed seeing some of the spring flowers and a pond at the end had quite a few turtles swimming around. I loved the section with running water next to the trail.

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There were quite a few turtles swimming around in the pond at the end of the trail.

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I also discovered a lizard when I was working on taking some photographs of flowers.

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I liked seeing the scales on this lizard!

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Wildcat Bluff Nature Center

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What a beautiful day for a hike!!

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Today was a beautiful day to go on a hike in the Wildcat Bluff Nature Center! The temperature was in the 70s with hardly any wind. It was a gorgeous day!

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This lizard patiently waited and posed for his photo!

The unexpected delight was finding a lizard on the top of a post. He patiently waited as I zoomed in and focused on his scales.

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I enjoyed taking my camera and it was fun to focus on many of the small flowers opening up for springtime. I need to return and hike on more of the different trails.

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Old McDonald had a Farm

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This is a classic and beautiful scene in west Texas.

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I love this beautiful old truck! It makes me wonder where it has been driven and what work it has aided.

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Barbed wire fences retain animals and allow the wind to intensely blow through them. Yes, those spikes are sharp!

Today was a fun day to get outdoors and take some photos. I found some old farm equipment near Canyon, Texas and they sort of captivated me to see their weathered condition and colors. It was a cloudy day so the lighting was soft and I enjoyed being outside. The wind was gusty, but the temperature was not too cold and it was pleasant to walk around.

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This rustic chain tells a story agriculture work in west Texas.

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I can just imagine these weathered gears turning!

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Imagine the sound of these gears and tires churning through a field!

 

Texas Air and Space Museum!

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It was amazing to crawl through a tunnel to get to the front of the plane and man the gun!

Today was a special treat! At the Texas Air and Space Museum was a PBJ-11 Marine (version of the B-25 Mitchell) that was flown in from California and would be in Amarillo for only three days. The event was commemorating the 75th Anniversary of Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle’s historic raid over Japan on April 18, 1942 in a B-25 Mitchell.

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It was incredibly impressive because we were allowed to climb around inside the plane and talk with people that had worked on its restoration. All the wiring has been replaced along with many, many different plane parts.

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In the center of the plane I was able to see how the guns maneuvered!

I was allowed to sit on the seats with some of the machine guns. It seems like it would be very difficult to hit anything with these guns! I was also allowed to climb through a fairly tight tunnel to get to the front of the plane and man one of the guns. It was great to listen to the people that flew in the plane from California to Amarillo. This was a very impressive tourist discovery!

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This helicopter was used as part of a mash unit and is part of the Texas Air and Space Museum.

 

Birthday Cake!

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Unbelievably wonderful birthday cake!

It is April, so it is my birthday month and I was able to celebrate with a wonderful cake while in Amarillo, Texas.

 

The Rocky Road cake from Ruffled Cup was incredibly wonderful to enjoy!

 

Final Four!

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I loved being at the location of the college basketball championship games!

I have always enjoyed watching college basketball. One of the fun discoveries of being in Phoenix, Arizona was that the Final Four was held there this year. It was fun timing. The Friday before the first two games there were open practices to watch all four teams (South Carolina, Oregon, Gonzaga, and North Carolina).

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It was fun to be in the midst of so much excitement for college basketball and see the fans that were supporting their favorite team. There were also many people like me, not a fan of a specific team, but wanting to enjoy the Final Four experience.

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This was as close as I have ever been to the Final Four, so I had to buy a commemorative t-shirt. It was very fun. I looked into buying an actual ticket for the games, but they were over $1,000 per ticket. Oh well, maybe next year I can get a ticket for the Final Four in San Antonio.

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Lake Pleasant

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A gorgeous day to enjoy a cruise!

I had a fun day. I joined an outing with our RV park and went to Lake Pleasant and we rode a Cruise boat around the lake. It has been cold and rainy for a number of days, so it was a wonderful day to get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather. The high temperature was 72 degrees; quite amazing for January 29th!

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From the top of the boat, it was breezy and there were beautiful views!

Right on the water it was quite breezy and the wind gusts were cold. However, we initially sat downstairs within a glass area so we were toasty warm. As the day warmed up, we went up to the top of the boat and enjoyed the open air. We went around a desert island on the north side of the lake. I was amazed with the size of some of the boats in the marina and on the lake. It was a very fun time!

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We rode around this island.

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