Category Archive: Texas

Big Bend Ranch State Park

Our second and fourth days staying near Big Bend we headed to the state park, located to the west. I was armed with a list of potential trails but the threat of rain… Continue reading

A Short Foray Into Big Bend National Park

Our final destination on our winter break trip was Big Bend. Up until now we’d been avoiding the national park because it’s not Abby-friendly, but our friend Lee had recently told us about… Continue reading

Crowds and Solitude: Winter Trip from the San Antonio Riverwalk to Padre Island National Seashore

Picking up the jacks and rolling out of Las Cruces for a couple weeks at Christmas was a much-needed break. We’d decided to head south and east to warmer parts of Texas but… Continue reading

Building with Fayette County Habitat for Humanity

Sometime in March an all-volunteer Habitat affiliate in La Grange, Texas posted a request for volunteers to spend 3 weeks in May beginning a scheduled home, and, hopefully, two houses for families who… Continue reading

Lounging by Lake and Sea: Vacation Days at Sam Rayburn Reservoir and Galveston

After our build in Beaumont, we had a full 7 days before we were due at our next build in La Grange, a town located a couple hundred miles to the west. Normally… Continue reading

Angles and Expectations: Building with Habitat for Humanity of Jefferson County

Beaumont, Texas and the surrounding coastal areas of southeast Texas were hit hard by Hurricane Harvey in late August 2017. In addition to the catastrophic flooding, residents in the greater Beaumont area had… Continue reading

Headin’ East Through Central Texas

After building in Las Cruces for a few months Tom and I decided to give ourselves a week or so to get to our next build in Beaumont, Texas. After settling on our… Continue reading

Habitat for Humanity Build in Mason, Texas

“For a community to be whole and healthy, it must be based on people’s love and concern for each other.” -Millard Fuller, Founder of Habitat for Humanity I’m going to start this post… Continue reading

Light Displays on the San Antonio Riverwalk and Christmas at Padre Island National Seashore

After leaving Las Cruces we headed south(east) for some rest and relaxation on the beaches of Padre Island where the daytime temperatures were in the 70s and night times a balmy 55. En… Continue reading

Guerrilla Art and a Hike in Franklin Mountains State Park

I stopped for a few days in El Paso to visit my friend Chrissy and as usual we had the best time. In addition to our usual activities of swimming, watching old movies,… Continue reading