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happy st patrick’s day

We had Irish soda bread buns for breakfast, but we haven’t found any four-leaf clovers yet. In honor of today, I looked through some of our Ireland vacation pictures from a couple years ago. We made it to Dublin the morning after St Patrick’s Day, so we barely missed the greenest holiday in the greenest country. Many fond memories were made on this trip. Here are some pictures of us in front of the Irish Sea, the garden at the Dublin Castle, standing on a bridge overlooking Dublin, and St Patrick’s Cathedral. Don’t forget to wear your green!

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trip to enchanted rock

Last weekend, we took an adventure day to go climb up Enchanted Rock. We went all the way up to the top. I was a little terrified coming back down, but we made it round trip in one piece!

It was a nice, sunny day, with a little bit of chill in the wind. We were glad we had long sleeves when we got to the summit. The wind up there was cold on our ears.

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When you are this far away, you think, oh it doesn’t look that steep. Extremely deceiving. Like a stair stepper times a hundred, plus the added danger of falling off the side.

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We took a different route home and stopped for some bbq. The meat here is good, but they don’t have pickles on the side. Instead they have jalepenos. Just in case pickles with your bbq is a deciding factor.

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We made it home in the afternoon, and then took a nice nap. All that danger and sandwiches made us sleepy.

an afternoon in seattle

A couple weeks ago, I tagged along to one of Jon’s business meetings in Seattle. We were there for about 24 hours, and tried our best to keep count of every Starbucks we saw.

We got to our hotel pretty late in the evening, and missed our dinner time. So we ordered a massive amount of room service food and had a hotel bed picnic.

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While Jon was doin business, I had about 4 hours to kill. I prepared by stepping into the map Friends style. (I swear we got this exact same map on our 4th grade field trip to Seattle. I have it in a scrapbook somewhere.)

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I walked through the market, and as always, those flowers. What a beautiful job.

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I decided to walk through the Olympic Sculpture Park. Also, this was the most beautiful fall day there ever was.

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Once I walked a good long way, Jon saved me and we had some seafood for dinner. On the way to get coffee, we found a magnificent yarn store.

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See ya later, Seattle! Next time, maybe we’ll actually take a trip up the Space Needle.

road trip, part four + some road trip tips

We took the more direct route back to Texas. So we drove through eastern Oregon, south through Utah, a little Colorado, some New Mexico, and then back to Austin. There really is some beautiful scenery in those parts. Some of it looks like The Land Before Time. Like a dinosaur family might be roaming about right on the other side of the mountain.

When we started off, it was so foggy we could barely see, and everything was covered in a layer of ice, except the road, thankfully.roadtriphome9roadtriphome1

But then suddenly, the fog cleared, and it was a beautiful, chilly, sunny day. It was like angels singing cleared the fog away.

We drove through all types of terrain: gorge, mountains, desert, hills, and these kinds of magnificent, ancient land formations. We saw snow on the ground, but we never did see any fall from the sky.roadtriphome10roadtriphome8roadtriphome7

I kept a sharp eye out for this rock with a hole in it for miles. I was starting to think it was just all a publicity stunt, and then, there it was.roadtriphome5

A road trip is like 50% snacks. We had to eat this box of cookies right away, since the sun was going to melt the chocolate.roadtriphome2

The sun spent about 8 hours a day glaring me in the eyes, and then it would go down, and I could spend a nice 5 minutes being able to see before it went completely dark.roadtriphome4

Yay! We made it to Texas! You are happy for crossing the state line for a couple minutes, and then you realize that you have to drive like 8 more hours before you get to the middle of the state.roadtriphome3

Even though there were some long driving days, our road trip was the best. I would do it again, with a few minor changes, in a heartbeat.

Here are a few tips for long couple road trips that we learned along the way:

  • Pack smart snacks that keep well. Mostly healthy with some treats. We had mainly crackers, muffins, beef jerky, little carrots, and baby oranges. We also brought a little cooler with lunchmeat and cheese, and we would make bagel sandwiches for meals if we didn’t want to stop. Some states do make you declare any fruits or veggies you bring into the state. We had to show a policeman our oranges when we got to California.
  • Remember to drink water. You can also use empty water bottles as pretend microphones for car singing. It makes you less grouchy, and its ok to have to stop and stretch your legs every now and then.
  • Keep a separate spot for trash, and throw it out when you make stops. Also paper towels are handy, as are pillows/blankets.
  • Be sure to have a car charger if you are relying on a phone for travel info, and be sure to have actual music stored somewhere for all those times when the radio and phone service are weak.
  • Make rules beforehand. Our rules were to: 1. No matter what, be nice to each other, and 2. obey the traffic laws.

pendleton woolen mills

On our way back to Texas after the holiday, we stopped at THE Pendleton Woolen Mills. We were driving through Pendleton, so it would be silly if we didn’t stop, right?

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They sadly don’t do tours on Saturdays, but we still snooped around a bit.woolenmill2woolenmill3

We got a couple presents to ourselves. We decided that we should stop there on our way to Christmas next time, and just get all our gifts there. Especially those awesome slipper socks.

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Thanks to my dream come true for taking a little detour, and making all my woolen blanket dreams come true.