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1 year from Seattle


Well, it has been 1 year, today, since I left Seattle, to move to Texas. Can’t say I’ve looked back much. I am so pleased to live in a place I feel welcome. There is much to praise about Austin.

The few things that come to mind most frequently, that I wish I had here, are actually food spots. Namely, Rain City Burgers, Mr. Gyros, and El Chupacabra. (I’ve discovered another Chupacabra here; it’s wholly unrelated, but it’s on my list to try.) I also missed the Seamonster Lounge for a while, but there are a great number and variety of watering holes and music venues here to choose from, a few of which I am growing quite fond; many of which I still have to explore.

My plans, as they have a tendency to do, have taken numerous detours, but my hostel goal remains the same. I do believe Austin is the place to do it, and I don’t know that I could find a more personally suitable location to call home.

 
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Posted by on 08/28/2014 in Musings

 

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Course correction

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Switching tracks again.

I am returning to canine education. Which means I’M LEAVING THE BLOODY HOTEL!

Part of the reason I abandoned this course previously, involved the belief that certification would be necessary for full-time work as a dog trainer, and another issue was a considerable amount of intimidation from the level of involvement demanded by said certification. As it turns out, I just got offered full time work as a dog trainer without that particular credential, after all!

I still intend to get me a hostel, and although I’m departing the hospitality biz, this new path will be more enjoyable, more flexible, and more lucrative, which means that I may end up more likely to acquire a mortgage with which to procure the requisite real estate to get that communal lodging venture started.

So… Yay :D Pretty excited. Transition sucks a little. I am not sure how long it will take for me to reach full-time status; somewhere between a few weeks and a couple months. Turns out, when you have plans to leave your current job that you dislike, it becomes even more intolerable. That and the indefinite time-frame is a tad frustrating, but the bright future of bold possibilities is pretty thrilling.

Looking forward to another new twist in my grand adventure!

 
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Posted by on 08/15/2014 in Plans

 

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Birthday retreat

I took my dog, and we went and met the Gulf :)

She LOVED it!

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Cin at Padre

I found peace in the experience, but I’ve confirmed my suspicion that I’m just not one of those people who thrive on interaction with the beach / ocean / seashore. I do, however, find comfort in a relatively close proximity to a coast. Austin satisfies that, and this trip solidified it for me, as well as my drive to greet certain geographic features.

This was my first use of airbnb, and it treated me quite well.

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Blew Pony Bunkhouse

The Gulf Coast is very patchy, and there are many water ways in between land ways. To get from Aransas Pass, where we lodged, to the end-of-the-line true coast, we crossed by one of many little ferries that run a short little jaunt over to Port Aransas, or “Port A”.

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Port A ferries

First things first: we greeted the Gulf waters. Hello Gulf.

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Next, we hit the beach and enjoyed the Gulf’s warm waters and cool breezes (both in the 80s) for a spell, then headed further south, to check out the beach at Padre before returning to the bunkhouse after much time on the road.

Sadly, I had only the one night’s stay in my budget, but it served my purpose, nonetheless. I awoke in the morning, having completed another trip around the sun since birth, and we packed up to head home, but not without a final farewell to the Gulf at Portland.

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Portland, TX

Cin frolicked some more, and we hit the road.

My favorite pic was the first I snapped, when Cin first ran the shore. It’s a fitting finale :)

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Port A Cin

 

 
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Posted by on 08/07/2014 in Action

 

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