Huntsville State Park – our first RV trip

Huntsville State Park – our first RV trip

This is the third in a short series about buying our first RV and taking our first RV trip.  Our last post ended where we got hitched-up and ready to pull out of our driveway (we live in the country – no HOA to complain about a trailer on the property). Getting to the campsite Before we pulled-out, we checked the tire pressure and noticed that the right trailer tire was low.  No big deal,

If I could go back to New Mexico…

If I could go back to New Mexico…

Between work and finances (and the weather, see: work), this is going to be a summer spent close to home.  Last summer, though, we spent two weeks in New Mexico.  There were a couple of things I wish we’d done differently.  If you’re planning to travel to New Mexico, maybe my regrets will help you have a better trip. I wish we’d taken longer to acclimate. The day we got there, we hiked the rim

Light Painting at Mission Tejas State Park

Light Painting at Mission Tejas State Park

When we’re not working, studying or downsizing, we’re finding things to do at state (or national) parks.  If we find a photo op, so much the better!  When an opportunity to learn light painting at Mission Tejas State Park came up, we fired-up Phil and made the drive to Grapeland. Mission Tejas State Park I wish we’d had more time to explore the park itself.  Its restored and replica buildings make interesting photo subjects.  As

Lockhart State Park – reopening a CCC treasure

Lockhart State Park – reopening a CCC treasure

It sounds odd, now, but having state, or even national, parks was a revolutionary idea less than a century ago.  It took tireless campaigning on the part of some true believers to convince the state government to start the State Parks Board in the 1920s.  After that, it took what probably amounts to millions of man-hours to make them usable to the public.  Enter the Civilian Conservation Corps. I’m not here to give you a

Inks Lake State Park: a gneiss place to visit

Inks Lake State Park: a gneiss place to visit

I made a funny!  OK, OK.  As parks go, Inks Lake State Park isn’t a big one.  If you hike every trail in the park, you’ll walk about ten miles.  What the trails lack in distance, though, they make up for in challenges and round-the-bend surprises.  If you’re wondering why it’s a, “gneiss,” (nice) place to visit, gneiss is a type of rock that, well, there’s a lot of it in the photo at the