Friday, March 25, 2011

Don and Gails 2011 Travel - Update #4

Well we didn’t  get abducted by aliens. and are now in San Angelo, TX.  Here we have enjoyed the warm days and cool nights while taking in some of the historic things. 

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Below is Conrad Hilton’s most luxurious hotel at the time and built in 1929.

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The Lobby

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Leaving San Angelo, TX. we traveled to Brownwood, TX. where we were in a no phone zone (that is Verizon and AT&T do not communicate with each other. We have Verizon and Brownwood is all AT&T.) We stayed out at Lake Brownwood and while there I decided to see who our nightly visitors were.

A Cat

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We left Brownwood Thursday and are now in Mother Neff State Park just west of Waco, TX. The weather has been in the high 80’s and low 90’s, often breezy or windy, and sometimes, just plain hot!  The bird action in all the places has been terrific: meadowlarks, mockingbirds, cardinals,wrens, titmice, tanagers, warblers, woodpeckers, vultures of several kind, hawks, sparrows and finches, two kinds of doves, owls, and who knows what we’ve not yet seen.  Their music has been just delightful.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Don and Gails 2011 Travel - Update #3

After leaving southern Calif. we stopped in Yuma, AZ. for a couple of days for rest & relaxation then on to Benson, AZ. Deming, NM, and now we are in Roswell, NM. and, hopefully, we don’t get abducted by aliens.

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We found where they landed and got them to pose for a family picture.

We also visited Lincoln, NM.  This is where Billy The Kid was tried and convicted for murder and escaped from jail killing two of Pat Garrett’s deputies.

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General Store

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Court House

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There is a web sight that I found very interesting that gives facts vs. myth about Billy the Kid.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

March Birthdays

This year Britt learned he turned the big 50!

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The Three Amigos made an appearance as well.

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Their leader was "The Marine"...


Afterwards, Britt attempted to "disown" 50...

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Before we left, we got the "Band" back together as well!

The "New" Mod Squad

All-in-all, it was very fun and good to see everyone again!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Don and Gails 2011 Travel - Update #2

Here are a few more pictures of the desert neighborhood when we were in AZ.

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Desert Wren nest.

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Gail and high school friend, Sylvia, examining some ruins at the old mining town of Shea, Az.

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A few of the permanent neighborhood in a long ago ranch along the Santa Maria river northeast of Parker, Az.



A couple of desert rats.



After Two weeks and 3 birthdays we are out of Calif. and on our way east.

But here are a few or the highlights of all the birthdays.

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Emmit turned 12 who is now about 4” taller then his mom.

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Britt turned 50 and Dean 41 both on the same day!

Their were several other guest.

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Britt, Mom & Dad

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Son Dean & Terry (wife) above with Grandson Evan (left)

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Grandson Ethan

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And The Three Amigos singing Happy Birthday Mexican style.

Mom & Dad/Don & Gail