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Going to the dogs

Our friends Roland and Tish Stuebner raise and show dogs.  Specifically, Standard Schnauzers.  They’ve done quite well, and have raised several Champions and a Grand Champion, and are on their way to another.  At this show, Roland was showing Chase, their Champion dog.  Their handler was also showing Quinn, one of Roland’s other dogs.

They travel in their motor home (with a small army of dogs) to various dog shows.  One dog show happened to be close to us, so we paid them a visit and took in some of the event.  A lot of dogs, and this was a small show!

It was great to meet up with them again and watch them prep and show their dogs.  There sure are a lot of dog breeds, so we had fun and just had to take some pictures of the many dogs being shown.

 

Austin, Texas

April 30, 2015 Leave a comment

A group of RV travel friends, members of the Traveling Supremes and friends, met and stayed in San Marcos, TX to visit the area. We had a fun time together, visited the many historical sites of the area, and of course sampled the local cuisine… barbecue!

Our first visit was to the LBJ library, where we had a chance to revisit the history of the LBJ presidency. This was followed by a visit to the Bullock Texas State History Museum, where we learned more about Texas and its founding. I highly recommend this to anyone, not just Texans… very interesting! That evening, Dave Phillips brought in the “Fajita King”, who made some excellent Fajitas from scratch.

Our next visit was to the San Marcos Springs, a natural spring site located on (or near) Texas State University. There we visited the aquarium and took a glass bottom boat tour to see the bottom of the lake and the springs themselves. A pot luck meal completed another satisfying day.

Then, another trip took us to the Texas State Capital building, where a guided tour introduced us to the largest state capital building in the US. The history of this marble building was a story all to itself. Most interesting! After this we visited the University of Texas, and went to the top of the Clock Tower, notorious for being one of first public mass murders in recent history.

A final meal at the Grist Mill in Gruene helped end a most interesting visit. Thanks to the Phillips and Hoovers for putting together a fun gathering!

The group at the LBJ Museum

The group at the LBJ Museum

Les, Ida, LBJ and Romola

Les, Ida, LBJ and Romola

The "Fajita King"!

The “Fajita King”!

View of the Texas Capital

View of the Texas Capital

Showing when the Capital was built

Showing when the Capital was built

Looking down on the Rotunda floor

Looking down on the Rotunda floor

Looking up inside the Rotunda dome

Looking up inside the Rotunda dome

State legislature

State legislature

Down the east hallway

Down the east hallway

A view of the clock tower

A view of the clock tower

Halloween party!

November 2, 2013 1 comment

Stacy and Dallas thew a most excellent Halloween Party!  We all had a great time, as may be seen from these photos:

Shane and Tanya

Romola

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Shane and Tanya

Tanya, Romola, Dallas, Stacy

Tanya, Romola, Dallas, Stacy

John, Boone, Shane

John, Boone, Shane

Romola and John

Romola and John

Boone and Allison

Boone and Allison

Tanya, Shanem Romola

Kurt, Tanya, Shane and Romola

Dallas, playing with fire

Dallas, playing with fire

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Alex, Dallas, Ahni

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Stephanie, Jenny

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Lyric

Lyric

Mike and Kurt

Mike and Kurt

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Heidi, Stephanie, Jenny

Stacy and Mike

Stacy and Mike

Mike and Lyric, newlyweds

Mike and Lyric, newlyweds

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Heidi, Jenny, Dallas, Stephanie (seated)

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Alex, Link, Ahni, Nikita

Dallas, Stacy, Mike and Lyric

Dallas, Stacy, Mike and Lyric

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Machelle, Boone (Romola in Background)

Romola and Shane

Romola and Shane

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Alliance Air Show

October 21, 2013 2 comments

Alliance puts on a free air show that was most enjoyable.  The weather was great, the price was right, and we had a great day.  We are still amazed at the ability of the stunt pilots.  Almost a controlled cash without crashing!

The Tora! Tora! Tora! was the most spectacular, I don’t know where they got all those Zero aircraft.  The pyrotechnics that accompanied the display was awesome as well.  And, as usual, the Shockwave jet truck (powered by three (!) jet engines) was a crowd pleaser.

Several parachite demos were powerful

Several parachute demos helped open the show

Spectacular biplane

Spectacular biplane stunts

Wait! Which wasy is up?

Wait! Which way is up?

That just looks impossible

That just looks impossible

A low slow speed pass, on edge

A low slow speed pass, on edge

Hard to know how they keep their horizons

Hard to know how they keep their horizons

The Jet truck in full force

The Shockwave Jet truck in full force

Lots of noise and speed

Lots of noise and speed

Busienss end of the jet truck

Busienss end of the jet truck

An old timer on static display

An old timer on static display

Here comes Tora! Tora! Tora!

Here comes Tora! Tora! Tora!

A Zero on a pass

A Zero on a pass

Another Zero making a pass

A Nakajima B5N torpedo bomber

Almost frightening, watching the "attack"

Almost frightening, watching the “attack”

A Zero with torpedo

A Nakajima B5N with torpedo

Thunderbolt A-47

Thunderbolt A-47

Beautiful aircraft

Beautiful aircraft

Beuatiful P-51 Mustang

Beuatiful P-51 Mustang

From my youth: a Mig 17

From my youth: a Mig 17

Two guys in flying suits

Two guys in flying suits

Black Diamond in formation

Black Diamond in formation

Black Diamond on a pass

Black Diamond on a pass

Harvesting corn in Illinois

October 6, 2013 Leave a comment

We visited Romola’s classmate Jan Knollenberg, who we hadn’t seen for many years.   They had a great time catching up.  Meanwhile, Jan’s husband Jack invited me to ride along in his new combine, harvesting corn.   Jack farms some 1,400 acres of corn and soy beans.  I was most pleased to take this ride, and I learned a lot.  One thing I learned that farmers are high tech risk takers, and gamble much of their their existence every year on crop outcome.

The combine was new this year (Jack gets a new one every 2 years) and was a technological marvel.  From a picking point of view, the corn is cut, picked up, cobs are stripped off, and the kernels are stripped off of the cob.  The corn falls in a bin behind the driver, the remnants spread behind the combine, making new compost for one year.

But it is more technical than that.  The combine can drive itself, with GPS keeping an accuracy close to one inch.  I was amazed at the system that tracks combine movement exactly, the machine drives itself.  Plus, it tracks weather, crop moisture, bin contents, what fields have been cut, and so on, all while keeping the cutting heads at the right height and matching ground contours.  Pretty amazing.

I forgot my camera, so had to make do with my cell phone camera.  Thanks for the informative morning, Jack!

Jack, climbing into the new John Deere combine

Jack, climbing into the new John Deere combine

Driving to the corn field to be cut

Driving to the corn field to be cut

Approaching the corn rows

Approaching the corn rows

Here, the cutters grab the corn stalk, and move it into the processing area.

Here, the cutters grab the corn stalk, and move it into the processing area.

The husked corn kernels fall into the bin behind the driver.

The husked corn kernels fall into the bin behind the driver.

There goes some 275 bushels of corn.

There goes some 275 bushels of corn.

Chinese Lantern Festival

November 23, 2012 1 comment

Some pictures taken at our family visit to the Chinese Lantern Festival near downtown Dallas.  It is spectacular; it takes over three months to make the exhibits.  Just imagine all the steel wire and colored fabric used!

San Juan Capistrano

September 25, 2011 Leave a comment

The mission at San Juan Capistrano is famous for its swallows, but historically it is one of the oldest and largest mission dating back to the mid 1700’s.  A major earthquake in 1812 destroyed much of the facility, and it fell into disuse.  But in the 1900’s restoration was begun, and now it has been restored as a major tourist attraction.

Note that it has been restored as ruins, to reflect as much as possible the way it was after the ‘quake.  It remains as one of the most visited historical sites on the west coast.

We also would like to thank our hosts.  Linda and Rainer were most gracious and we enjoyed their company — and hospitality.

We had to climb over Ortega Pass to get to San Juan Capistrano. Great view back, but a dangerous road!

The grounds are colorful with plants

Inside the monastery

Home of the swallows

Inside the chapel

The bells of the monastery

Some of the columns

Linda, our most gracious host

Inside the quake damaged nave

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Pro soccer in Dallas

March 20, 2011 Leave a comment

True, profesional soccer is not a mainstay sport in the USA, but it is increasing in popularity.   Daughter Tanya, who plays indoor soccer n a ladies team, got us extra tickets to attend the FC Dallas opening match agains the Chicago Fire.  Had a nice dinner (loud fans!) and a short stroll to the stadium.

The stadium is sponsored by Pizza Hut.  It is a new stadium, well done, very fan friendly.  There was a reasonably large crowd, cheering on the local team.  Very upset when a favorite layer was red carded and kicked from the game.   Dallas survived to a 1 – 1 tie.

We had a lot o fun and may even go back to next weeks game.

Waiting for our drinks, and food....

Walking into the new Pizza Hut stadium

Some of the action....

More action in front of our goal

We were treated to a very nice moonrise over the stadium

 

Moving day; and a test of this blog

December 26, 2009 6 comments

Moving day

It’s cold outside, at least for Texas.  It is currently 25F, well below freezing but we are snug in our home on wheels.  There is no problem keeping it warm inside!  But later we will have to get the coach on the road so we can meet up with the rest of the family in Hemphill, TX.  That is the home of Mary, Tanya’s mother in law.  A beautiful place, in the woods, and on the Toledo Bend Reservoir.  We look forward to getting together with the family!

Testing this blog

Today I will also do a limited publication of this blog site.  I am testing to see if I want to switch to this WordPress site, or stay with the Apple site as I used in 2009.  Comments are inited.

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Our 2010 blog

December 10, 2009 Leave a comment

This will be our blog for 2010, where we will chronicle our travels throughout the USA.   Here is our “home”:

We welcome you to follow along as we explore the country and spend time with old and new friends.