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Will you be my Valentine?  Texas, that is. 

My editor said she needed Valentines stories. Here’s mine. I prefer first hand stories and photos but that will have to wait till next year-I’ll be in Valentine tomorrow. 

http://texashillcountry.com/valentine-texas-big-bend-brewing/

Which Texas State Park is this?

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In reading the 116 comments on Facebook on this post, it became apparent that a great many people commented without actually clicking or or reading the story.  Maybe I should reconsider what I’m writing?

Nah, its too much fun.  And this state park is absolutely one of my favorites, and are lucky to have an excellent superintendent who just transferred in from Enchanted Rock.

Training for the Camino

Peter, the Master Brewer, advising me on Spanish beer. 

I’ve been training for my 500 mile pilgrimage in May; working out at the gym, walking more often at ERock. Here I am pictured training for drinking beer on the Camino, getting tips from Peter at Pedernales Breeing  Company. His advice?  “Don’t. Drink the wine instead.”

I’ve been reading up on it (The Camino Sucks was enlightening). I’ve pulled my backpack out and fretted about whether or not to take any cooking equipment, like my PocketRocket. Should I plan to make oatmeal for breakfast like I do in the mountains?  I even googled “can you buy peanut butter in Spain?” I don’t want to rely on restaurants all the time (peanut butter may be hard to find but I’m hoping good bread isn’t). 

I read blog post after post until I realized that I was over-thinking it; I’ve been walking on my vacations since I was 19, in more challenging terrain, carrying camping equipment and food.  I have the guidebook and the equipment and the clothing. 

So I’m waiting patiently for the first of May and keeping up my training- gym, E Rock, brewery; gym, E Rock, breeery. And where is that Pocket Rocket anyway?

Can You Feel It?

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My post on artist Dane Ellsworth is up on Texas Hill Country.  Each of these stories is a partnership between the writer and the artist, and each time is different.  I quoted Dane extensively because he tells his story quite well.  His art is a mix of traditional and not quite so traditional; artists don’t just make pretty things to look at – they help us to interpret and understand the world and our story.  Click the link above to see Dane’s interpretation.

I’m signing books at Artisans a Texas Gallery in Fredericksburg Friday evening during First Friday Art Walk.

Enchanted Rock for Amateurs

Sunset on E Rock Rock

I have a post up on Texas Hill Country which is quickly proving to be my most popular in the 9 months I’ve been writing for them.  The post has a few good pictures but they are by an amateur, not adjusted in an app and so on, but the place is so scenic it is hard to go wrong.  The popularity of the post has more to do with the popularity of the park. However, I am working on Enchanted Rock White again, and one of my writing critique group just pointed out that I now have two naked women in the story and I’m only at 26,000 words!  I’m thinking that i need to balance the story out by adding some naked men in the story.

This photo was near sunset today on the Loop Trail.

My E Rock

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I put some of my favorite photos from E Rock together in a post for Texas Hill Country.  All taken with an iPhone; its hard to do the place justice as an amateur. This special place is the setting in chapter 2 of Enchanted Rock Red.

Groove Change

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