Thursday, June 2, 2011

Vacation Itinerary

Tomorrow afternoon, Daniel and I load up the truck and make the 2 hour drive to my sister's house in Abilene, Texas. We'll be staying the night and getting up insanely early to drive 5 hours to Balmorhea State Park for an afternoon of snorkeling and swimming in the bone chilling water. That evening, we will drop our bags at the hotel in Fort Davis, Texas, and then attend a star party (star gazing with sweet telescopes) at McDonald Observatory. Sunday's destination is Van Horn, Texas. We'll be staying with my mom's aunt and uncle in their own little oasis. Aunt Dawn has the most beautiful yard you could imagine, and she lives in the middle of the desert. Hiking into McKittrick Canyon on Monday. This will be a new experience for me. McKittrick is nestled in the midst of Guadalupe Peak, the highest peak in Texas. Tuesday, we'll tour the ranch of a family friend and do some Mountain Climbing. The photo shows Turtleback, but we'll be on a mountain or two over from that one. Wednesday is cave day! I think we may be doing a lantern tour of Carlsbad Caverns.

That's the general gist of our little vacation. I hope to get home on Wednesday about 5 lbs lighter than I am today. I can't imagine it will be hard with all of the hiking/swimming. I also hope to be much, much tanner... especially my pasty legs. I'm digging out the geology book to brush up on my knowledge of all things rocky. I'm a total geology geek, by the way. I thought about making a career out of it, but realized that was way more school than I could ever tolerate. I don't think they make very good money these days :) I hope that blogger fixes the photo uploader soon... I plan on taking lots of pictures. You'll have to settle for links to pictures right now.

116. To do lists, packing lists, and lists in general.
117. Cute old ladies making me feel welcome in their aqua fit class.
118. Starting to notice my hard work paying off... the pants are a little looser!
119. Ceiling fans and warm air, always reminds me of the Christmas spent in Panama.
120. An encouraging conversation with a friend who is going through the same thing as me.

1 comment:

  1. Balmorhea and Ft Davis - I spent many summers out in that area with family. San Solomon Springs is awesome!! I had an Uncle that was a big part in building Ft Davis and use to be the park ranger there. It's a gorgeous place as well, although I'm not sure how it was damanged in the fires. Hope you get to see the Marfa lights! Have a great trip!