Sorry Not Sorry

Sorry not sorry is a sarcastic way of acknowledging that someone might not like whatever you’re saying or doing…but you don’t really care. That phrase came to mind this weekend as we encountered a camper who apologized for opening and closing his car door about 100 times. We said we weren’t nearly as bothered by that…

Finally, Fall

With a weather forecast of cool nights and low humidity, we eagerly headed to Cedar Hill State Park, a gleaming Cloud 9 in tow. Since returning from our Desert Southwest Adventure, we spent several days cleaning the rig inside and out, top-to-bottom, bumper-to-bumper. We’ve pulled the Airstream about 50,000 miles over nearly seven years, and,…

Play Place

To help mitigate the oppressive heat, we opted for the Lakeview Camping Area of Cedar Hill State Park. The road that intersects the G loop has a number of campsites that are situated beneath tall trees, offering a shady respite from the summer sun. We were unaware that it was also the only camping loop…

Out of the Quagmire

When Jon began his journalism career at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, he wrote a headline for a wire story from Afghanistan that prompted a summons to the editor’s office. As a copy editor, he had studied the story carefully so he could craft a compelling headline that would use unconventional language to convince the reader…

That Train Has Left the Station

While out walking with the dogs this weekend, we passed an Avion travel trailer, considered a “second cousin” to the Airstream in terms of its design. The owners had displayed a U.S. flag alongside an “All Aboard the Trump Train” flag. Of course, the Trump flag prompted conversation in our “circle of trust” about former…

Rain, a roast, and some respite

A sure sign that Jon works too much is his accumulation of vacation time. With more than 40 days available, he decided to take Fridays and Mondays off through September. That meant we could arrive at the campsite earlier on Friday and stay into the evening on Monday, allowing us to enjoy an extra meal…

A Fantastic Fourth

We started our July Fourth weekend a day early, arriving at camp on Thursday after work. With temperatures in the mid-90s, it took a couple of hours to cool Cloud 9 to a comfortable 80 degrees, and then it wasn’t long before Chef Cliff served an indoor picnic of grilled chicken, macaroni and cheese, and…

At Long Last, Juneteenth

On Thursday, President Biden signed legislation making June 19, a.k.a. Juneteenth, the 11th American federal holiday and the first to obtain legal observance as a federal holiday since Martin Luther King Jr. Day was designated in 1983. Texas was the first state to recognize Juneteenth, in 1980, and the first state to adopt it as…

Planning a Southwest Sojourn

The weekend found us planning this year’s big road trip, a sojourn through the Southwest to White Sands, Saguaro and Joshua Tree national parks. White Sands National Park, located in New Mexico’s Tularosa Basin, was originally designated a national monument by President Herbert Hoover in 1933. It was redesignated a national park by President Donald…

Feeling the Burn

An article by Catherine Zuckerman in The New York Times got it right. “Raise your hand if you’re completely burned out,” it began. “Your inbox is an overflowing bucket of urgent requests. You are consistently asked to do more with less. Your mind is constantly reshuffling priorities, perpetually calculating the number of minutes left in…