Friday, December 12, 2014

Tucson, Arizona - Dec 6-11, 2014


After our trip from Texas, we enjoyed a nice stay at Adventure Bound RV Resort.  It's about 15 miles south of Tucson.  From there, we spent a few days seeing some attractions in the area.



Watching the sunset in Saguaro National Park



Overview of Biosphere 2



One of the 5 climate zones.  This is the "Savannah" area.


Linda walking down the tunnel to the "Lung" of the Biosphere 2.  The Lung is a huge round dome with a 16-Ton aluminum roof that is attached to a rubber membrane.  When the air pressure inside the Biosphere changes due to temperature, the 16-ton roof will raise or lower to allow the air pressure to remain constant.

The front door to the DeGrazia Art Studio
One of the garden areas at the DeGrazia Art Studio "Gallery in the Sun". 

Monday, December 8, 2014

Texas Hill Country - Nov 5-Dec 5, 2014

I must say that Texas is much nicer than we expected it to be.  We stayed at Guadalupe River RV Resort in Kerrville.  It's located in Texas Hill Country, West of San Antonio and Austin. Although our site was not the best...there were plenty of nice sites, and lots of amenities.  While staying in Kerrville, we were able to get out and explore many of the nearby cities and towns.  If we're in Texas again, we would like to return to the area.

Guadalupe River Trail at the campground

Another view of the trail by the river

One of the many wooden swings at the RV park
 
The River Rock Saloon at the RV Park.  Every night they had a campfire, and on certain nights they served 22oz drafts for only $1.25...We can't buy our own beer that!!  This place was awesome!
 

Stonehenge II
 

Texas Capitol in Austin




An odd attraction in Austin - the Baylor Street Art Wall


It's one of the city's largest graffiti displays

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Luckenbach and Fredericksburg, Texas - Nov 29, 2014

After Thanksgiving, Linda and I took a day trip to both Fredericksburg and Luckenbach.  She had lots of fun shopping  in Fredericksburg.  It's a great place to stroll along Main Street on Black Friday!  Fredericksburg's German influence is very apparent in many of the storefronts and decor.  Luckenbach was quite a bit more laid back.  There are only 2 main buildings in the town.  One was the old Post Office which closed in 1971, and became the General Store and Saloon.  The other building is the Dance Hall. It's a great place to sit back and have a few beers while listening to the country music.

Downtown Fredericksburg




We grabbed a beer and had some lunch here at the Auslander



German Pyramid (Weihnachtspyramide) located in the Market Square of Fredericksburg

Standing outside the old Post Office in Luckenbach where "Everybody is Somebody". 




Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Day trip to San Antonio - Nov 24, 2014

Linda and I spent the day in San Antonio.  It's about 60 miles from where we're staying.  We spent the majority of the day strolling along the River Walk.  It is a great way to spend a relaxing day with plenty of shops and restaurants.  We also visited downtown San Antonio, the Alamo and Market Square.
 
 
 
The River Walk view from one of the bridges.




The umbrellas on the right are where we had lunch.



Taking a break and having some lunch



"Remember the Alamo!"





This is El Mercado - Market Square.  It's one of the largest Mexican markets outside of Mexico.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Caribbean Cruise Nov 8-15, 2014

While we were in Texas, it was pretty convenient to take a cruise out of Houston.  We went on the Norwegian Cruise Line's 7-day Western Caribbean.  Our first cruise with Norwegian, and it was really fun.  The ports were Cozumel-Mexico, Belize City-Belize and Roatan, Honduras.  The weather was great, so that made it even more enjoyable.



A view of the Norwegian Jewel ship as we were riding back on the tender boat.


It looks like it's going to be a good cruise!

 
Enjoying dinner with a beautiful view.


 
Downtown Cozumel


A Green Iguana (I know, it's copper...) He was nearly 5 feet long from head to tail.
 
 

To get to the park, we had to cross this swinging rope bridge
 
 

It looks like this Macaw found a nice resting place
 
 


This white-faced Capuchin monkey was pretty friendly


Kayaking in Belize


Kayaking through the jungle
 

Snorkeling at Tabyana Beach - Honduras

Friday, November 7, 2014

Schulenburg Texas - Nov 3-5, 2014

We stopped in Schulenburg, Texas to visit our friend Sandy.  She worked with us up in Washington State - at Port Townsend.  She's working at a really nice RV park in Schulenburg now.  We had a great visit. 
While there, we were surprised to learn that Schulenburg is home to the "Painted Churches of Texas".  We toured through five of the fifteen churches.  They were all built around the turn of the 19th century.  All of them are unique, and amazing works of art.
We also enjoyed a nice dinner with Sandy... and a jam session at the RV park.  A local guitar picker played some good country and gospel songs while the crowd sang along. 
 
 
 






Monday, November 3, 2014

Shreveport, Louisiana - Oct 31 to Nov 3, 2014

After leaving Missouri, we headed south to Shreveport.  We stayed at the Elks Lodge.  It was a really nice lodge in a pretty nice area.  At only $10/night, it was a great bargain. The lodge had their own huge swimming pool with 2 big water slides.  Unfortunately, it was too cool to swim, but I bet they are busy during the summer.  Out the back door of the lodge was a large wooden deck where you could sit outside, drink a beer, and enjoy a beautiful view of the Red River.  While in Shreveport, we enjoyed a cajun platter at the Blind Tiger.  The platter included blackened catfish, shrimp etouffee, fried crawfish, gumbo, dirty rice, voodoo shrimp, cajun corn on the cob and mini shrimp meat pies.  We also had time for a 10-mile bicycle ride from the campground to downtown Shreveport along the Clyde Fant Parkway



We spotted this big fella outside at the Bass Pro Shop Store

Boardwalk along the Red River


Margaritaville Casino and Hotel on the Red River

A nice grassy spot at the Elks Lodge in Shreveport

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Hot Springs - Arkansas

Hot Springs is a place everyone should see.  It's main attraction is Hot Springs National Park.  It's the smallest National Park in the country, but it's also the most accessible.  It's literally adjacent to the historic city of Hot Springs.  The Park's most popular features are the historical bathhouses.  There are eight magnificent bathhouses which together are called 'Bathhouse Row'.  These huge bathhouses rival the ancient Roman versions.  They were built at the turn of the 20th century during the 'Golden Age of Bathing'.  Folks would come from all around to cure their ailments with the natural spring water which still comes out of the ground at 143 degrees.
 
 

View of Bathhouse Row.  On the right side of the sidewalk is downtown Hot Springs, Arkansas



Another view of Bathhouse Row with the historic Arlington Resort Hotel and Spa in the background



This is the Grand Promenade walkway which is located behind the bathhouses on the hillside.  It's a popular brick-lined walking path for both locals and visitors.

 


Garvan Woodland Gardens near Hot Springs Village

 


Anthony Chapel at Garvan Woodland Gardens.  This is a gorgeous wood beam and glass chapel.  It stands 6 stories tall.





From the inside, it feels like you are still outside among the forest and trees. 


 

A View of Lake Hamilton seen from the Garvan Gardens