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,…

A Win, a Place, and a Show

Saturday found us at the Texas Rangers final night game at Globe Life Park. Next year, the team will begin playing at its new $1.1 billion stadium next door. Globe Life Field will seat almost 10,000 fewer fans, but they’ll be able to watch games in air-conditioned comfort (and without the two-inning wait at most…

Seasonal Shift

Although weekend temperatures stayed in the 90s, with cloudy skies and warm breezes, it seemed as though summer knew it was time to make way for fall. Much of the grass, like most of the ground cover, has started to wither. The leaves have pushed out their last bit of green, and the air is…

Saturday Setbacks

Our “Friday the 13th” weekend began well enough, with a relaxing Date Night dinner and a viewing of The American President (one of our favorites). We then marveled at a spectacular harvest moon before calling it a night. Then Saturday happened. Saturday’s setbacks occupied the rest of the day. One of those setbacks had to…