Around here, Spring brings the beginning of Small Town Festival Season, and I, for one, always look forward to it. These festivals range from tiny (like this one) to pretty darn big (the Ruston Peach Festival, for instance). Last year, I made it to Ruston and to one more: the Wildflower Trails Festival in Linden,… Read More Daffodils (and quilts and table settings?) at the 2017 Jonquil Jubilee
Several national park rangers have made it clear that they disapprove of the current political climate, especially with threats to keep the EPA hushed, sell off public lands, and keep citizens uninformed (misinformed?) about climate change. The park to start it all was Badlands, and it happens to be one of my very favorites. I… Read More A note about Badlands National Park
Before our weekend trip to Pensacola, Florida, Penny was already an interstate traveler, as she visited the Wildflower Trails Festival in Linden, Texas (at which there were no wildflowers or trails) in April. This, though, was a much longer trip – hours longer, even, than our trip to Mandeville earlier this year. We took the long… Read More Puddles in Pensacola
Palmer and I spent most of Saturday hiking Sugar Cane Trail around Caney Lake near Minden, Louisiana. It was a seven-mile proper Trek that didn’t offer much elevation, though it offered more than enough distance. It almost killed us, in fact. Okay, not really. We just weren’t quite prepared for how far that was. I… Read More Tick City, Louisiana (+ a surprise!)
Okay, that’s kind of a lie. It’s not technically a lie because “mountain” is actual name of the place. This “mountain,” though, really only qualifies as a largish hill. The actual hiking elevation was less than 200 feet, and the whole hill tops out at a whopping 535. So I jumped onto a bench by the… Read More We climbed a mountain!
It’s a beautiful day. A clear blue sky and a break from the South’s rainy season. Penny and I had to take advantage of it. Penny and I go hiking about once a week, but we’re what I call Level One Hikers. The Red River National Wildlife Refuge‘s yellow trail was the longest and nature-iest trail we’d… Read More How had I never been to Walter B. Jacobs Nature Park?
Yeah, yeah, it’s been a while. We’ve had a couple of false starts, but we’re going to get back on track…right? The truth is that I haven’t been reading much lately. Hardly anything, really. In my defense, I’ve been busy. Besides work, I’ve started a second round of grad school (this one is Thesis Monster-free!),… Read More Let’s try this again…
My main blog-goal for next year is to expand a bit. Sure, the main focus will always be books, but I don’t want every non-book post to be appended to an actual book post. And, really, this blog doesn’t get enough traffic for me to worry about Google getting mixed up. So Zelda gets her… Read More Zelda went to Houston!…a few weeks ago.