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North America » United States » Texas » Austin September 5th 2005

Happy Labor Day to everyone... I, myself, had a wonderfully relaxing weekend that consisted of a little bit of wakeboarding and a lot of reading and relaxing. My parents are best friends with a couple that has a lake house on Canyon Lake, about 15 miles outside of Austin. They have been going to this place for a couple years, and I have been fortunate enough to tag along quite a bit. It is so relaxing up there...2 big hammocks, a great big deck over a huge lake, all the beer you can think about drinking, and a good book that doesn't make you think more than you need to.... With this hurricane aftermath, it was very difficult to appreciate it as much as normal though. I was constantly checking every 10 minutes on the updates ... read more
Huge AIR

North America » United States » Texas » Austin August 24th 2005

Many have asked me why I would take off a year to go to Europe on a mission trip. People have asked what I hope to achieve by doing this, or aren't I already close to God. So here is my reply: First I don't think during my life I will ever have such a close relationship with God that I can stop trying to get to know Him (I have found you are either constantly trying to achieve something greater or you are falling backward - there is really no way to just stand still in your walk with God). As for my reason for leaving Texas to seek Him, my desire for this year is that the person who boarded the plane for Oslo is not the person who returns. I want to surrender ... read more

North America » United States » Texas » Austin August 19th 2005

Can you believe that this trip is only just half over? The first half went very slowly and it has taken me some time to adjust to the life of travel, but I am sure you all believe me, when I say that it is not all that hard. With a little bit of time and money I could really achieve anything I wanted here. There is still a full month left, but I already feel like time is running out. Things are moving much faster now and over the next few weeks I will be going to Boston, Toronto and San Francisco (at the very least). For those that have noted that my original intention was to spend a large amount of time in Toronto and the wilderness of Canada, this is still my intention. ... read more

North America » United States » Texas » Austin August 13th 2005

So I'm heading off to Houston today and to Peter Island tomorrow. When I woke up this morning I had a 102 degree fever, but I think I'm doing O.K. My fever broke about thirty minutes ago, so I'm sweating like a pig. Rocky seems convinced that I have malaria since I have similar symptoms to what he had when he first got malaria, so I may go to the doctor in Houston to get tested for malaria. I will be sure to let everyone know what I find out (but I'm pretty sure I don't have malaria). ... read more

North America » United States » Texas » Austin August 12th 2005

So we caught a plane from New Orleans to Austin, TX which went via Houston. Our 28 minute flight from Houston to Austin was VERY bumpy, like being on a rollercoaster! We were both quite glad when we were bak on terra ferme. Austin is a fantastic place, really laid back and quite different to anywhere we've been to so far. Found a fantastic vegetarian restaurant called Veggie Heaven - Rachel enjoyed her favourite meal of our trip so far! (Guy was reasonably impressed by his tofu dish - good job they had some chili sauce!) Austin is home to the University of Texas which is the largest Uni in the US. There are loads of good bars and cheap eats here, and planty of live music to boot. Austin has the self-proclaimed title 'Live Music ... read more
The Texas Two
Street Sign
6th Street

North America » United States » Texas » Austin August 11th 2005

Well, I've made it home. It was quite a journey. I left VKV at 11 a.m. on Tuesday afternoon and arrived in Austin forty-eight hours later. I took a rickshaw to the train station. From the train stationI took a two hour train to Trivandrum. From there it got really complicated. I took a taxi to the airport in the hopes that I could check my two gigantic bags in early so I wouldn't have to haul them around Trivandrum. No such luck. So I got a really crummy hotel room for $3 to store my bags. Then I took a taxi back into the city center. The two high points of Trivandrum are the royal palace and a 5000 year old temple (yes, that's five thousand). Being non-Hindu (and not having the foresight of wearing ... read more
Traditional Keralan Architecture
The Main Junction
Tharayil House

North America » United States » Texas » Austin July 26th 2005

Everything Is Bigger In Texas Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand welcome to the weekly-ish update of Tris's American Antics, taking you behind the scenes of the most audacious world trip ever!! I'll refrain from using big claims to make myself sound more impressive Last week found us in Page, Arizona, so we'll kick it off from there. Fresh from a good night's sleep and a load of washing courtesy of Mrs Burke, we set out on the afternoon of the 18th on the way to Phoenix, by way of a hole in the ground made famous by the fact that it is, in fact, a FUCK-OFF hole: The Grand Canyon. Much of which can be said about this natural icon has already been said, but a few things must be pointed out, in order to give those who have ... read more
I've Seen Grander
Government Sanctioned Vomit Pic
Tris always keeps it Rizzle

North America » United States » Texas » Austin May 26th 2005

Our maiden voyage with Coco and Rhonda (the Honda) was Fri., May 13. We drove to Austin late Friday and arrived after dark at the La Hacienda RV park at Lake Travis. Alan did a great job backing Coco into a pretty tight space. Thanks to the Workcampers for holding flashlights! Stephen came to see us Friday nite. Took NO photos all weekend - shame on us. Tried out our new grill at lunch on Saturday with John, Tina and the kids (from San Antonio), then Stephen and 4 buddies came for a dinner cookout and the Mavericks game. We shared the driving back to DFW, made our first truck stop visit for diesel (thanks to a nice good ol' boy trucker for his help), and didn't have any major screwups! Bus is getting some last ... read more

North America » United States » Texas » Austin April 5th 2005

Love the weather there in the Summer. Cold enough in the Winter though to freeze a witch's ****. They're called Blue Northers. Here in Virginia they call them Nor'easters. See that wooden fence post to the left of the pic? That's the gate I built to keep GRETCHEN in the yard. Would ride my bike to the store because it wasn't very far, and I would turn around about halfway there because I heard something behind me, and what was it....Gretchen at full gallop. ... read more
Rain in Texas

North America » United States » Texas » Austin April 5th 2005

Ok, this pic was taken about 2 years ago. It was a little fair at the little town in Texas in which I used to live before coming here to coastal Virginia with the military. ... read more

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