Category Archives: vacation

Picture Postcards from the Past

Summer brings vacations and vacations mean photos. These days, we all share those instantly on social media and we can vicariously travel along with friends. Vacations used to mean postcards from family friends visiting distant places. Not to downplay instant … Continue reading

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Granddad’s Summer Vacation, 1925

With a new school year starting up, many students across the country kick off their return to classes with reports of “How I Spent My Summer Vacation.” Here’s Granddad’s account of his vacation 1925. I remember in the year 1925 when I … Continue reading

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A Quick Getaway

My wife, Sara, and I managed a quick little getaway to celebrate our 31st anniversary this past week. This was only the second time since the COVID hit the fan that we’ve travelled out of town. For the most part, … Continue reading

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Rails & Musical Tales

Last weekend, we headed out of town for a belated birthday celebration for Sara — westward along the Arkansas River past Salida, then southward from Poncha Springs over Poncha Pass into the San Luis Valley towards our destination, Alamosa. Turned out … Continue reading

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Once upon a fairy-tale wedding

First of 3 posts about our recent trip to England “We can’t go.” Our friends James & Kara had invited us to their wedding — in an English castle, no less, near James’ hometown of Chester. But our finances basically forbid … Continue reading

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4 Songs to Hum Heading Home — plus a bonus track!

Last week, we were on the road home (by way of Balmorhea State Park) so I posted a set-list of music videos of road songs from the good ol’ Grateful Dead. Well, we’ve been home a few days now, so … Continue reading

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Overnight at the Oasis

  Miles and miles of nothing but miles and miles stretch out ahead of us down this long, desolate highway slicing southeasterly across New Mexico — and we haven’t even gotten to the Texas state line yet. Traversing these flat, … Continue reading

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6 Road Songs from the Dead

Well, our post-Dead & Company Colorado visit draws to a close tomorrow and we start the long drive back to Austin. Nothing like a few road songs from the good ol’ Grateful Dead to ease into the miles ahead. Golden Road … Continue reading

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Casa Dexter Bulletin Board

Confession: most of my blog entries are not actually written on the Back Porch. Oh, sure, I start out there sometimes, making notes or outlines, but almost all of the writing actually takes place inside at my desk. I tipped you off to that … Continue reading

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