A Cosmic Camp-Out

We knew we were in for a treat this weekend, with the Snow Moon at its zenith on Saturday night. But we weren’t prepared for the celestial show that awaited us. On Friday and Saturday, we witnessed spectacular sunsets and moonrises, as well as moonsets and sunrises — all from our new favorite perch overlooking…

Reflections on MLK Day

Once again, MLK Day found us camping out, but due to unforeseen circumstances. We had planned to take Cloud 9 in to the repair shop for a dryer fix, but that had to be postponed until next weekend. And we thought we would have to take Maya in to the vet each day for a…

It’s Always Something

In the 1970s, comedienne Gilda Radner introduced us to Roseann Rosannadana, a commentator on Saturday Night Live’s “Weekend Update” segment who always ended her routine with the line, “It’s always something,” which was a favorite expression of Radner’s father. Later in life, Radner chose the catch-phrase as the title for her memoir, which dealt with…

A Way for the Weekend

Jon’s supervisor asked about our plans for the weekend, and he told her we were headed to one of our favorite backyard campgrounds. She asked why do we stay so close to home when there are so many great destinations just a few hours away. Well, considering we start most weekends on Fridays at 5…

Mele Kalikimaka

OK, we didn’t spend the weekend in Hawaii, but with comparable temperatures, we felt as though we did. The “land where palm trees sway” may be “green and bright,” but North Texas was just as warm and wonderful on a mid-December weekend. We enjoyed roaring campfires, Date Night al fresco, and long walks under starlit…

Earth, Wind and Fire – But No Water

Although our campsite at Cedar Hill State Park gave us expansive views of Joe Pool Lake, a water main break meant we would spend almost half of the weekend looking at water while longing to use it inside Cloud 9. Because we dumped our fresh-water tank a couple weeks ago (to avoid any problems with…

Fall at Its Finest

We experienced an ideal fall weekend, with cool clear mornings quickly giving way to sunny skies and mild temperatures. Our campsite was surrounded by a thick forest, making it feel like we had traveled a great distance to get away from the metroplex, when in reality we were only 20 miles from home. This is…

Quick Change

We had planned a weekend camp-out with our Airstream group, a “boon-docking” experience at the Murrin Ranch near Fort Worth. But heavy rains and muddy roads led to the event’s postponement, resulting in a quick change of plans. We managed to find an open site at Cedar Hill State Park, and, despite warnings of chiggers…

Finally, Fall!

If you are in the Dallas-Fort Worth area at this time of year, you’ll no doubt hear that it’s Texas-OU weekend, meaning it’s the weekend of the Red River Showdown–the legendary football game between UT Austin and the University of Oklahoma during the State Fair of Texas. The match between the Longhorns and the Sooners…

Aching for Autumn

The second full weekend of Fall found us sweltering, with summer-like temperatures in the mid-90s. Needless to say, we had hoped the weather forecasts would prove right and we would enjoy evening temps in the low 80s. Alas, that was not to be. On both Friday and Saturday, the temperatures hovered in the high 80s,…