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Ready, Set, Jet!
Happy almost American Thanksgiving!
Currently we are spending a holiday week on the Texas Gulf Coast. It's "off season" so there are very few tourists. Port Aransas is a BIG spring break destination and usually full of drunk college kids, over priced condos, and burning Texas summer heat. So this is the only time to actually go. The weather has been overcast with a slight breeze. It makes for a lovely time to be on the beach.
"Port Aransas is a city in Nieces County, Texas. The population was 3,480 at the 2010 census. Port Aransas is the only established town on Mustang Island. It is located north of Padre Island and is one of the longest barrier islands along the Texas coast. Corpus Christi Bay, the Gulf of Mexico, the Lydia Ann Ship Channel and the Corpus Christi Ship Channel make up the surrounding waters" -- From Wiki Click the links if you would like to know more.
We took a leisurely drive down. When we left we had the fires blazing and coats on...Here it is back to tank tops and shorts again. Love it!
Please to enjoy a few pictures from our random adventures so far.
Hotel offered free American style breakfast.
It's a nice "Grab and Go" as we head back to the beach.
Have a wonderful holiday!
Hello from Port A!
It's Road trip time again!
We did a nice, slow drive down to the Gulf Coast of Texas today.
The plan is to stay here for the next week and soak up some sun (Yes, it's cloudy but nice and warm) and just relax.
Catch you later-
#Beach #Fun #Adventure #USA #Texas #Holiday
It's hard to believe, but this Blog is about to have a birthday. Making it a Sagittarius, which makes total sense as it's all about adventure and putting my foot in my mouth, just like a real Sagittarius.#WTF?!
I started Blogging here on Dec. 2012. (Read the sad little post here.) I was talking about the end of the World (A good time to start a blog, right? #WTF was I thinking?) So after I realized the world wasn't going to end, I started sharing random bits and pieces of my life. As I go back over the archives I am amazed at some of the posts. Cringing and crying at a few of them...
Way back then (cue the Wavy lines and time warp music) I took more time editing the pictures, putting stickers on and cute borders...
Now the pictures are better quality (I think) and less cutesy. Your welcome.
I also never showed my face in the blog. I figured no one wanted to see who I was and maybe I was too old to be blogging such dumb ass shit. Now I don't really care, I post blurry pictures of myself all the time, lol and am proud of my age, (Sorta.)
I still write about my travels, shopping and my friends some. I don't post pictures of them, because I want to keep them in my life and not have them hating me. #Truth I stay vague and then they can't tell if I am speaking about them or someone on another continent. Plus most of the people in Texas really do carry guns...
I still don't write too much personal information. I am private, plus I figure you don't want to read all the drama any more than I want to write it.
Just about every month I do the "Best of the Month" for the most clicked on blog posts and I promise to write more on the topic of dating. It's usually always in the top 5 of the most read/shared/clicked on posts. Every month I usually write nothing more on dating. Why? Because I don't care, and
Dating is HARD WORK + some men are EVIL bastards, (you know who I'm talking about) so I am sour on the whole dating topic for a bit longer.
Oh and I got married again. Did I tell you that?
Maybe one day I will talk about it, but not today.
I also seem to be traveling a lot more. So more of the posts are travel themed, about time, right? The post vary around the amount of time I have and the quality of my wifi connection, lol, since I'm usually late for the next adventure.
Also lately I've been working hard on moving from life long vegetarian to vegan. Plus I really like the idea of RAW not cooking. So I have posted a few recipes, shopping hauls, and write a bit about the difficulties making the transition.
There have been many other changes here, but mostly the fact that as I get older I am more comfortable being who I am. I noticed it in the posts and see it the mirror, I think the success of the blog has had a lot to do with that. So go cut yourself an extra big piece of birthday cake, (Don't worry its raw vegan after all) and know that I do appreciate you taking the time to come back day after day to read my silly ramblings.
Thank you for reading this little blog for 3 years now - you rock!
Meanwhile in Texas..
The sky really is different here. The sky is just BIGGER and the sun light is just different.
I'm sure it's due to the high UV. (Sizzle, sizzle.)
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But it does make for some of the most magical and dramatic sunsets I have ever seen.
When I'm not standing outside taking photos of the BIG sky and making my neighbors nervous, I seem to be online shopping for travel gear, actually on line shopping seems to be my current obsession. After being in a minimalist state of mind (How was I going to carry everything back from Europe?) the last year, I seem to be making up for it these last few months.
But I keep rationalizing it as stuff we need. My son required a new travel backpack and about 100+ other things for our next trip. So we have been keeping the American Economy afloat lately, no need to thank us.
And my newest obsession is Philosophy 'Pure Grace'. It smells so good! Have you tried it yet?
First Christmas gift of the year. Unless you count all the crap I bought for myself, lol
I'm packing today - for travel Monday. So be on the look out for new travel posts.
Catch you later-
This time last year I was packing up my house in the south of France. I was so so sad that I was leaving.
I'm not going to talk about what is happening in Paris right now. It breaks my heart. Plus I do not think we need to give it any more energy or power. We need to stay positive. So if you have never been to Paris before, I suggest you do not wait, book your trip in 2016. You will fall in love with the beautiful city and lovely people. We do every time we visit.
But this trip was more about England.
So my son and I left #France and flew to #England.
We flew into London and stayed there a few days to sort my sons passport problems. Meaning we spent quality time at the US Embassy. Here is a post from that adventure. We left London, went to BATH (One of my favorite English cities) and then BACK to London for another round of passport fun.
Looking at these posts from last year the picture are so gray. :( The weather was bleak, raining and cold, but it is winter.
We stayed warm and dry in this lovely holiday house in Bath! It was super nice and even had 2 Christmas trees! I would definitely stay there again.
From there we went on to Blackpool till after the New Year. It seemed like just a typical (except for the passport hassle) trip but looking back on it - #WTF?! We were busy as HELL.
This was our 1st trip to Blackpool, but not the last, we were back this August. I wonder where we will be in 2016? I think this year will be a tamer December anyway. Although there are some really nice air prices right now..Have you seen all the sales? Let's get packing!
See you at the airport~
Random Texas Post + a Video!
How is it going? Busy Bee Me here.
I took a quick ride out to Palmetto State Park on Saturday with an old friend. To our surprise the park was closed. We really should have known with all the crazy floods of late. We planned to hike around on the swamp trails, (now that the weather is finally cool enough to be outside), but no luck. I did take a few pictures before we left.
I also posted on 9/27/13 a short drive in the same park if you want to see a bit more. I was last here (and it was flooding then too!) in May 2015, but cannot find that post. I'm pretty sure I posted those pictures..but maybe not.
Read about the Park here on the official site. Which we didn't before we left, or we would have known it was closed. But oh well, it was a nice drive out there and good to get out of the office too.
I think they released a lot of water from the San Marcos River because of the flooding (more rain is on the way!) so it was low. As you can see from pictures it was a overcast day. Rain is predicted for the next few days again.
But it wasn't a total waste- we did have a fun trip to Buc-ee's Lol
Catch you later-
#Ottine #Texas #Park #random
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