O Henry House

The American short story writer William Sydney Porter, who wrote under the pen name O Henry, is probably best known for the Christmas story “The Gift of the Magi”, which you will probably see several times in the next month or so.  😉 Porter was born and raised in North Carolina and moved to Austin … More O Henry House

Austin Aquarium

This is a nice little aquarium in Austin TX. I had a nice relaxing day looking at fishies. Some photos. ​Inside the Aquarium ​Archer Fish ​An Iguana gets some lovin’ ​An Oscar comes over to check me out ​A Caiman soaks in a waterfall ​Birdie comes in for some birdseed ​Moray Eel ​A fluffy bunny … More Austin Aquarium

Mayfield Park

Mayfield Park and Nature Preserve is a nice little green spot right outside of Austin TX. Nice place to walk around and have a picnic lunch. Some photos. ​The park ​Butterfly on Boneset flowers ​This Disdera spider wouldn’t turn around, so all I got was a butt shot. ​This squirrel was having lunch near me … More Mayfield Park

Bureaucracy and Vanlife

[NOTE: I’ve blogged all these “how-to” posts before, but am gonna re-run them on occasion, since folks may have missed them, and many of them have been updated or expanded since they were first posted.] Before you can set off on your cross-country journey, there are some bureaucratic paperwork issues you will need to deal … More Bureaucracy and Vanlife

Texas Memorial Museum

Although you can’t tell from the name, this is a very nice science museum on the UT campus. It has a nice collection. Some photos. ​The museum ​Inside the museum. At the ceiling is Quetzalcoatlus, the largest flying animal known, discovered in Texas. ​Fossilized fern leaf ​Aetosaur ​Some wonderfully preserved fossil sea stars ​Taxidermy specimens … More Texas Memorial Museum

Ugh, I Hate Winter

OK, everyone who knows me knows that I hate the cold. Hate, hate, hate it. It’s why I moved to Florida from Pennsylvania. Now that my blood is thinned, I shiver if it gets below 75. Yuck. Well, the weather forecast in Austin is for a cold front to arrive tonight, rain tomorrow, highs around … More Ugh, I Hate Winter