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Grateful for my home

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Cin on the road

I went away for Thanksgiving, to Colorado, to share the holiday with my mom and sister, and her extended family. They say absence makes the heart grow fonder, but that, of course, applies only to things of which the heart is already fond. The other day, I discovered just how fond I am of my new home. While I thoroughly enjoyed my visit, I was so thrilled to cross back into Texas. I have not felt such a sense of home and happiness in a very long time. It feels good :)

I brought my dog, so we drove. It was a lot of driving. I love it when she rests her head on the back seat and looks out the rear window :)

I hope everyone had a joyous Thanksgiving, and has much to be thankful for :)

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Posted by on 11/30/2014 in Musings

 

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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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Adventure returns!

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Port Aransas and Aransas Pass

I’m going to the Gulf! :D

I was very pleased to have met the Med (aka the Mediterranean Sea), and now I get to greet the Gulf (the Gulf of Mexico, that is), by way of Aransas Pass, Texas. I just booked a night through Airbnb, for me and my dog to stay at a beautifully rustic ranch near the beach – as a birthday treat to myself :) I actually got four days off from work next week, and I’ll use the first day to relax, maybe run some errands; day 2 I’ll drive down to the coast, check into my digs, go get acquainted with the 80 degree waters, and explore the town a bit; day 3 I’ll awake to warm sea breezes for my bday, have a nice breakfast, and drive back to Austin, then probably hit up a favorite dive or maybe a new watering hole; and day 4 will be a bonus day of ease. Ahhh, I do enjoy a leisurely pace ;)

I am stoked to be exploring again! I will try to get a couple good photos, and I’ll be sure to share the adventure – stay tuned!

 
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Posted by on 07/28/2014 in Plans

 

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I am on a grand adventure

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Texas State Capitol Dome

I often find myself feeling “dead in the water” lately – like a boat meant for exploration, stuck without fuel nor wind to propel my journey.

I learned that I did not win a spot at the Enviropreneur Institute; my work schedule is rather prohibitive of social networking; my funds are insufficient; I appear to be unusually dependent on an as yet unidentified stranger who may partner with or invest in me and my plan; and I don’t know what to do next in the process of further developing this hostel dream of mine.

A good friend recently reminded me, however, that I am living the life I set out for: I am relatively fancy-free; I just picked up and moved to a brand new city; I’ve taken a job to put me on track towards a future in tourism hospitality; and on the larger scale, I really am doing what I enjoy. At first, I scoffed at her, since this doesn’t feel immediately as fun as my past adventures, but the message later sunk in: I truly am on a grand adventure!

When I discovered I had a three day weekend, I decided to live my dream, and travel. I am surrounded by new sights to explore, and although my budget is meager, I can still find inspiration for awe. I finally went and visited the Capitol. It was massive and gorgeous and imbued with history. Another day, Cinnamon and I drove out deep into Hill Country, and visited the Pedernales Falls State Park. We had a great time roving the rocks and shrubs. Then we stopped in Marble Falls, and I stuffed myself on a delicious burger by the river, to the point of severe discomfort. For the drive back, we took RM 1431 and it was spectacular. I love the Hill Country! I’m so glad I get to explore this lovely rock I live on :)

I’m still looking forward to a trip to the Gulf. I was thinking of doing that this weekend, but I can’t quite afford an overnight stay, and a coworker pointed out that it really is a bit far for a day-trip, so it will have to wait, but I’ll probably visit South Padre Island when I do go. Also on my list, but much more within reach: a little kayaking jaunt on the river right here. In fact, a friend and I were going to do that the other day, but I got called in to work, much to my dismay. I am definitely going to do that soon, though. Further on, I hope to visit Louisiana, and even other parts of the south. We’ll see though; if I’m lucky, I’ll be too busy enjoying my hostel! Either way, I just hope I can find that sweet spot, of earning a decent living, budgeting within my means, and having the means to support Travel, either personally or via my hostelers :)

I am working on accepting a broader time frame for actualization of the hostel, but I am also working on finding a better balance in the meantime, where I can enjoy the journey.

 
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Posted by on 04/20/2014 in Action

 

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Adventure is my middle name!

40 hours and counting…

I am about to embark on another grand adventure, and I’m practically trembling with excitement! I have sold Rex-Treks to the most fabulous successor I could have wished for, and I’ve tied up all my loose ends in Seattle. The morning after tomorrow, I take to the road.

At 10am Wednesday morning – August, 28th 2013 – my dog, Cinnamon, and I will kiss Seattle goodbye and head southeast for approximately 11 hours to make camp (at the pet-friendly Super 8) in Ogden, UT, before continuing on for another 10 or so hours to Colorado Springs, to stay with my sister and visit with her and my mom for a few days. (Incidentally, Thursday 8/29 will be my dog’s 4th birthday :) On Tuesday, September 3rd, we will resume our southern emigration, driving for 8 hours to stay (at another Super 8) in Lubbock, TX, and finally completing the journey after a 6 hour trip to arrive in Austin on Wednesday, September 4th.

I have arranged a place for us to stay for the first couple nights via couchsurfering.org, and I’m stoked to be kicking off my experience with that crowd-service! I will spend the first few days simply enjoying myself and becoming acquainted with my new town, and then on Monday 9/9 I will get busy hammering out the steps to bring Posada Rustica out of my head and made manifest! I’ll need to secure a loan, research zoning laws and other applicable restrictions and regulations, hunt down the perfect building (most likely a house), make the necessary modifications, and open for business. I am very hopeful to have all of this completed in time for Austin’s famous music festival – South by Southwest (SXSW) – which takes place annually in March, and brings in an astounding number of tourists.

While working on getting my dream off the ground, I also plan to see about setting up another “Yappy Hour” situation, where I do doggie nail trims for spending money – just for the interim. I will also be seeing about a reasonable rental situation for temporary residence. I’ve already begun networking a little, and I’m really looking forward to meeting my new friends!

I am frequently struck by various emotions regarding this big change. Mostly it’s pure thrill, occasionally surreal disbelief, and every now and then a twinge of doubt. I’m pretty sure it’s the absolute best thing I could possibly do for myself, but sometimes that old friend Fear kicks in, and I have to remind myself, that Fear always accompanies change, and that the worst case scenario is far from devastating. I have come to find that my plans may not always work out, but that something always does work out :)

Barely contained… :D

(Oh – and regarding Lose, Find, Grow: I’m now thinking that after I get the hostel up and running, I’d like to turn LFG into a grander project, with an interactive platform for people to share their stories of travel, personal growth, and sustainability; I’d change the name of my own blog to “Lost, Found, Grew”.)

 
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Posted by on 08/26/2013 in Plans

 

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