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Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park

I spent my New Years with old friends in the California desert. Joshua Tree reminded me a lot of Big Bend in Texas. It’s a surreal, almost alien like desert landscape. While Big Bend was red and mountainous, Joshua Tree was tan and filled with boulders. Both are beautiful. My itinerary in Joshua Tree consisted of hiking with my friends and hanging out at the house after. There’s really no night life to speak of in the desert towns near…

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San Diego Zoo

San Diego Zoo

I grew up watching Jack Hanna on TV showcasing all sorts of amazing animals from this legendary place called the San Diego Zoo. When I was younger, I was pretty sure that I’d grow up to be a marine biologist, zoologist or exotic vet… so I took all things animal pretty seriously. The San Diego Zoo was all over my favorite TV Channel, Animal Planet, as the be all end all zoo in North America. I didn’t know what wondrous creatures it held,…

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Whale of a Day

Whale of a Day

I’ve mentioned it here before, but when I was a kid I was obsessed with whales. I had little books about marine mammals, with profiles on every type of whale and dolphin. Bottlenose dolphins were my favorite, and the white speckled dolphins were my least favorite (which seems dumb now, because those sound super pretty and I would like to see one). In the whale world, I very much preferred tooth over baleen whales. Humpbacks were okay, but I didn’t like…

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32 at the Zoo (or what a difference a year makes)

32 at the Zoo (or what a difference a year makes)

It seems I have developed a bit of a tradition spending my birthday around wild animals. One year of my late 20’s we went to the rescue zoo in Austin with friends. On my 30th birthday Tim took the day off of work, and told me to decide whatever it was I wanted to do. I suggested we venture out to the drive-through safari near San Antonio, although I pouted a little internally that he hadn’t come up with any plans of…

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Take me to Taos

Take me to Taos

My barn has a really awesome group of people. The age range is roughly 22 – 52, yet everybody gets along and has a great time together. Really when you mix good people with horses & wine, there’s no chance for anything to go south! One of these awesome ladies summers in Taos, New Mexico. Before the temperatures started to climb this summer, we bid her goodbye as she loaded up her two horses and headed north. “Come visit me!”…

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Amarillo by Morning

Amarillo by Morning

I’ve always had a sort of horsey travel bucket list of destinations I wanted to go to solely for their horse factor. Since I’ve been fortunate enough to travel a bit in my life and consider myself a bit of an adventurer, I’ve actually got to cross a lot of those destinations off my list. Kentucky for all this horse. Vienna for classical dressage. Wellington for Hunter/jumper land. You know what isn’t covered in that list above? Quarter Horses. Despite…

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7 States, 40 Hours and a Whale Shark

7 States, 40 Hours and a Whale Shark

Over the holiday break, I spent 40 hours in the car with my two dogs. Long distance driving like that is no stranger to me. The first trip Tim and I ever took together was a trek from Raleigh, NC to New Orleans, LA with several stops along the way. Tim was the first person I met in life that didn’t think anything of throwing an overnight bag in his truck and hitting the road to far off places. He would…

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Back to the NC State Fair

Back to the NC State Fair

The North Carolina State Fair is not only one of the best fairs in the country, it’s also synonymous with my childhood. I have crisp memories of my Dad carrying me on his shoulders around the potted mums and Village of Yesteryear in-between riding the swings and winning giant stuffed animals. Since moving from NC, I’ve sampled fairs in New England and Texas but nothing compares to the original for me. When I was planning a trip back home this fall, I knew a…

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Travel Thursday – Kutna Hora

Travel Thursday – Kutna Hora

I’m trying very hard to keep up with my normal Monday – Friday blogging schedule, but this week is difficult. Partially there’s not much going on, partially I don’t want to blog about the things most on my mind and partially I just have no motivation for anything right now. I’m doing really well to get to work, take care of the world’s most high maintenance dogs and feed myself. Hopefully next week will be better, but until then here’s a travel…

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Mauldins vs Scorpions

Mauldins vs Scorpions

This post is part a new paranoia that has entered my life, and part recap of a hill country getaway weekend with the husband. First up, hill country. If you drive about an hour and a half southwest of Austin, the liberal bubble of hipsters and hippies that I call home suddenly transforms into something a lot more Texas. Sure, the foliage and landscape changes pretty dramatically into less soil and more rocks but it’s more than just topography. There are…

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Memorial Day Weekend in Boring Pictures

Memorial Day Weekend in Boring Pictures

We had a pretty fast and furious trip to North Carolina this weekend for a friend’s wedding. Our flight left at 5:15am on Friday morning, and I now know what it feels like to be within 60 seconds of having the jetway doors shut in your face. Not a fun feeling. Needless to say, I spent a lot of time not getting enough sleep and being a tad loopy. By loopy, I mean loopy enough to model my not very…

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A Taste of Texas Races

A Taste of Texas Races

When my mom was visiting most recently, we headed out for a day of wine tasting and shopping in Texas hill country.  While we played the “let’s see which white is the least sweet on this tasting menu,” a glorious idea happened.  It’s the fall Thoroughbred season at Retama Park!  My mom had never been to a horse race before, and going to the races in Texas was on my 30 under 30 list… so we headed out to the…

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