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North America » United States » Texas » Austin January 19th 2016

Geo: 30.2672, -97.7431 Because we are using free air mile tickets, the times were less than perfect. Our flight from Austin left at 5:00 a.m. which meant we got up at 2:30 a.m. and headed to the airport at 3:30.Check in was a little confusing as you had to use the kiosk to self check in and then check your baggage. The flight to Miami was smooth and without any problemsThey called for our flight to Miami and we got on board only to have a two hour flight delay on the runway at Miami, but luckily we were able to use the AirBnB email/text and easily get a message to Johnny that we would be late. One of the issues was a maintenance issue that had to be repaired and the second problem was Cuba ... read more
Florida Keys during Flight to Costa Rica
Florida Keys during Flight to Costa Rica
Beautiful Views

North America » United States » Texas » Austin January 12th 2016

Geo: 30.2676, -97.743Most of the more significant incidents in U.S. history are immortalized with some sort of memorial and/or museum but the Branch Davidian tragedy in Waco might be the one exception. Eighty two Branch Davidian followers and 4 ATF agents were killed in the siege which ended when the compound burned down. Apparently there is a plaque that sits near the residual of the burned buildings but it is on private property now and the reception has been reported as a little hostile so we gave it a pass (it also seemed a touch ghoulish for us to visit). I suspect that the tragedy is still a little raw and given the controversy around who was at fault for the ending, it may be some time before there is any formal recognition of the event. ... read more
Weapon Of Choice For Texas Rangers
Heavier Than Expected
DH Gets That Old Gun-Toting Feeling

North America » United States » Texas » Austin October 23rd 2015

Geo: 30.2676, -97.743 We got up on Wednesday morning and headed to downtown Austin. We went to the Bullock Texas State History Museum. It is a huge museum. We spent about 3 hours there. It has all of the history about the area before and after Texas became a state. After that, we went over to the state capitol. They have a great state capitol, larger than ours. On Thursday morning, we packed up everything and headed over to our hotel that came with our race package. We couldn't stay there on Tuesday and Wednesday because they were booked for those days. It is a really fancy hotel. At 4:00PM, we boarded a bus for the track. We had special tickets to visit the Legends Club at the track. First of all we were allowed to ... read more
They had an NFL hall of fame display there.
 Bill for the Houston Texans to join the NFL.
Texas Capitol dome.

North America » United States » Texas » Austin October 22nd 2015

It only seems like yesterday I was played my first game for the mighty Christies Beach Primary School Tigers Under 10's. You no the kid that stands out on the ground and stares at his boot laces and reacts to the ball when it has already past him? Yep, that was me! Well, to start with anyway. I still remember taking a mark in the back pocket and had the choice: handball to two free Christies boys or kick the ball to the best player surrounded by 10 players wearing the red and blue Pimpala guernsey. Yep, you guessed it! I kicked it and it went to one of the Pimpala boys who then kicked a goal. Funny thing was, I didn't care! I had got a kick and back then, just getting a touch made ... read more
One of the other fields at the event
The boys at registration
Me before the first game

North America » United States » Texas » Austin October 20th 2015

Geo: 30.2676, -97.743 We left Amarillo and drove to Dallas, which is an all day drive. We got up on Monday morning and headed out to the JFK Memorial. After viewing that we walked over to a really cool looking old building. It was called The Old Red Museum of Dallas County History. It used to be the old courthouse. It was built around the late 1890's after several of the original ones burned down. It is now a very nice museum. We spent a couple of hours there before we headed over to Dealy Plaza and the Sixth Floor Museum. Everyone of my generation remembers where they were when the news that JFK had been assassinated hit them. I was sitting in a 6th grade class at Cleveland Elementary School when it was announced over ... read more
The JFK Memorial
Stairs in the Red Building
The old Book Depository

North America » United States » Texas » Austin August 3rd 2015

Geo: 30.2676, -97.743Got to love that budget travel.We usually travel to Africa with at least one of our tickets covered by our air mile rewards. This year we did not have quite enough reward miles to cover both of us so decided to pay full fare at the best price we could possibly find and also get some air miles in return.The route we take is Austin to Houston, Houston to Frankfurt, and Frankfurt to OR Tambo in Johannesburg/Pretoria. Robert does a lot of research and finds us the best deal possible. He will make the reservation on one day for the entire flight and then call back the next day and change the return in Frankfurt to allow us a stopover for a couple of weeks so we do some travel in Europe. There he ... read more
Frankfurt Airport scene
Frankfurt Airport scene
well marked road signs

North America » United States » Texas » Austin July 11th 2015

Bonjour à tous. Petite journée en kilométrage au programme, Austin n'est qu'à 160 km. Que je suis content de quitter cette chambre sordide, à 7h le pdj est fini, une douche, et vite dehors. Le temps de prendre une photo, d'une boutique que j'ai remarquée, hier au soir, et finalement ne pourra se faire, il y a des grilles. A San Antonio il doit y une messe, ou je ne sais quoi, mais je vois beaucoup de Noirs habillés tout "endimanchés". Les femmes portent des robes hautes en couleurs vraiment une image que j'aurais beaucoup plus vue par exemple en Louisiane. Pas le boubou africain, mais comme dans les films, un peu historiques du sud des États-Unis. Je pourrais pas vraiment faire de photos comme je voudrais, car même si il y a très peu de ... read more
vue sur la ville
nocture à San Antonio
pas mal !!!!

North America » United States » Texas » Austin March 30th 2015

Geo: 30.2676, -97.743We drove up to Austin for the day today to see Aunt Dorothy. since we didn't know for certain when we would get to Austin, I hadn't told her about our visit in advance. I called yesterday and she said she would be home and to come on over. When we arrived, we were able to visit with Aunt Effie, too, who was visiting for a few days. We had a nice time; we need to get back more often.... read more

North America » United States » Texas » Austin February 24th 2015

Early morning drive to Austin so I got up at 6AM and prepped. I was giving a ride to Naveen that day as he was heading to Austin as well. I would have given a ride to an Irish guy as well but apparently he thought I was leaving at 7PM instead of 7AM so he had already bought a flight to Austin. Roads were mostly clear this point and the ice ended about 50km south of Dallas. Drive to Austin took about 3 hours and we were going to a hostel called Drifter's Jack. It was recommended by multiple people so I wanted to give it a try. Austin has a reputation as a weird liberal bastion in conservative Texas so I was curious to see it. We got to Austin in good time around ... read more

North America » United States » Texas » Austin November 22nd 2014

November 11, 2014 (Tuesday) Today our plans were to spend the day in Austin. We got a late start on the day because we were tired from yesterday. Our plan was to start the day out with a tour of the State Capitol, however the light to have my oil changed came on while we were driving to Austin so plans had to change. I had intended to have the oil change before we left on the trip but I didn’t have time. Since we were almost into Austin, I found a Honda dealership and had the oil changed. I knew we would be doing a lot of driving on the rest of this trip seeing the scenery and thought it was best to have it done while I had a place available. This put us ... read more
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