Desert Discoveries…

I have never been a “morning person,” though I find while here at Mittry Lake, the wee small hours of the morning just before dawn have become my favorite time of day.   The heat has long subsided into cool, heavy dew that hovers over the lake.   I can almost feel the weight of the cooler air as it seeps through my windows in my corner bed, pressing me ever further beneath the covers.  The coolness of the night is one of the things I have learned to cherish about the desert.  Continue reading

One Enchanted Evening

As much as I have been loving my time in Austin, I needed some time to escape the “Barton Springs Scene.” I enjoy the energy of being immersed in a “university town,” but it can start to feel a little like my graying hair is being blown back by all the “awesomeness” from the twenty-something population. So I wanted to get out of town for the weekend when the Zilker Park crowds reach critical mass. Continue reading

High Five on The Wave!

As I mentioned previously, I have been trying for well over a year to get a permit to hike The Wave in the Coyote Butte section of Utah.  Having been so excited about the prospect of crossing this off my “bucket list,” I was surprised by the feeling of trepidation that was eating away at my stomach the night before as I sat in the local Mexican restaurant swigging a margarita, trying to plot way-points in the wilderness into an automobile GPS.   Continue reading