Sponsors Night at APS May Meeting 2015

DSC_4307For the second year in a row, the Austin Pond Society held its Annual Sponsor Night when our Sponsors are each given the opportunity to not only describe what they offer but to also have a booth to display and sell their wares.

The first order of business was to get well fed by our very popular chef, Laura Creaser with chicken and a salad followed by member supplied chocolate chip cookies. The group was entertained while they were eating with a slide show, set to music of the most recent Members Only Tour that many of us participated in on May 9. The Members visited two ponds that were both converted swimming pools to ponds and also a visit to Sol’Stice, an Art and Garden Center in Dripping Springs. it was a lot of fun and we are all looking forward to the next one.

At 7:00 pm, Jeannie Ferrier, our President, took the mike and addressed the group. We had several returning members and maybe about 45 people all told, not counting the Sponsors, who were present. Different Board Members gave reports including BJ who brought us up to date on the upcoming Pond Tour early in June. All of the preparations have been completed, the programs have been printed and the only thing lacking are volunteers to man the ponds on the two days. If you know of anyone or even if you yourself would like to volunteer, please contact Jeannie or by phone (512)288-0039. The benefits of volunteering are free entry to the remaining ponds on the Tour (either before or after your 4 hour shift) for both days and a free Pond Tour Tee shirt.

Sponsors Night Business May 19, 2015 from Francis Allcorn on Vimeo.

Following the small amount of business, the meeting was handed over to Barb Lenhardt acted as host to the to the sponsors who took the time to visit with us. Included was Barb herself representing MaxAvenue, Realtor, Austin Aqua Dome, Bloomers, A Day in Austin, Brite Ideas Hydroponics,Taylormade Ponds and Blue Gold Systems. Unfortunately, a few could not make it but those that were there, were shown much appreciation by our members.

The sponsors each took the mike and gave forth what they had to offer and any other relevant information they wanted to pass along. After the final one had finished speaking, the members converged on the sponsors and made purchases or collected valuable information and what is more important got to meet the names behind the faces of the different business’s that were represented this evening.

Sponsors Night 2015 from Francis Allcorn on Vimeo.

The meeting closed about 8:00 pm.

Ode to a dog, Abigail.

Abigail looking for attention

Abigail looking for attention

My life is a little empty now
since you have gone away
to that doggie heaven in the sky.

You parting was so sudden
and without warning
and I am to blame.

If only I had not left
the unguarded septic tank
even for just a minute.

For that is all it took
for you to fall in,

and drown.

I will miss you in every way
for although you were not
the most affectionate of dogs.

You had a special way
of greeting me at the door
every-time I returned.

You cuddled with me at night
as you and Ginnie struggled over
who slept next to me.

Most of all, I will miss
your steady companionship
as you were always there.

You were born May 28, 2002
you went to your eternal rest May 22, 2015
Sleep well, my little friend.

Member Only Tour Video to Music, May 9, 2015

This video is a condensed version of the pictures in the original posting and it shows both of the ponds that we visited plus an extensive display of the arts and treasures that can be found at Sol’Stice Outdoor Arts and Garden Center in Dripping Springs.


Revised Members Only Tour May 9, 2015 (Enhanced)
from Francis Allcorn on Vimeo.

If anyone is looking for that special gift for that Outdoor person in their life, they can find it here at Sol’Stice.

Members Only Tour, Saturday May 9

Even the Deer joined in.

Even the Deer joined in.

As I had indicated in an earlier blog of this event, we were all to meet at the “Y” at Oak Hill to get our instructions from Jeannie. Everyone else had to follow a set of clues to arrive at the different locations but because I wanted to take pictures, Jeannie had furnished me with my own set of instructions with actual addresses on them so that I didn’t have to follow the clues. I met with everyone else at the “Y” and there were about nine cars ready to go. I quickly moved on ahead to get a good start driving directly to Sol’stice in Dripping Springs which I knew well having passed it many times on my way to Tractor Supply to buy fish food.

When I arrived, I was met by the owner Chris Smartt, who chatted with me for a bit before sending me on my way to take pictures.  Sol’stice is a very interesting place. In some respects it is like a regular garden nursery with plants and trees of many varieties for sale but what really makes it different, are the pieces of metal art work hung or placed around the three acre that makes up the site. Inside the house, there are paintings and other art items enough to interest any collector of fine art of the garden and house variety.

You can enlarge the pictures by clicking on them. You can also scroll left or right after enlarging them.

I happily wandered around taking pictures as fast as I could click the shutter. There were so many interesting things, some very beautiful and others, not so much but all were very artistic. In the house, taking the pictures presented a different challenge with the outside light coming through the windows requiring me to constantly be making adjustments to the camera. Altogether, I took more than 175 pics but many will get discarded along the way as I edit it down to a manageable slide show.

It turns out that the next stop on this fun trip was to see a pond close to Wimberley. It had originally been a swimming pool that was no longer in use. Chris had done all of the heavy work like placing the rocks and plumbing and such and was very enthused by the end result. I bid my farewells and after punching the address into my GPS system, was on my way. It was several miles but a very nice drive. I was almost the last to arrive and was met by a gentleman, John McMillan who introduced himself to me as the owner, after directing me to a parking place.

Most of the members who had participated were gathered on the far side of the pond. I wandered over to see the attraction and discovered drinks and cookies, which explained everything. I walked around taking a lot of pictures and had some company with one of the Grandsons who was  interested in what I was doing and kept pointing out things for me to photograph. The pond itself was very nice and it looked like one end had been turned into a semi bog area to help keep the water clean. The pump and filters were very cleverly hidden and the only sign of moving water was a fountain that bubbled up through the rocks. I wandered around and took a lot of pictures and managed to stay away from the cookies and then moved on to the final stop at Nancy and Jake’s pond. Interesting to note that both ponds that we visited are converted swimming pools and Nancy’s is the only one that still resembles a pool, probably because of the wooden deck.

Since the last time that we had been to their pond, which was for the Christmas get together, they had rebuilt the bog utilizing the full size of it to clean the water. The end result is that the water in the pond is remarkably clear and it is now possible to almost see the bottom of the pond at the 6 feet deep end.

The fish looked in great shape and the big red and silver one is a real eye catcher. It was interesting to see that they had established an underwater growth of hornwort that apparently the Koi were not interested in tearing apart. I asked Nancy how they had done it and she said that it had all happened on its own without any help from either her or Jake other than dropping the original piece into the water. Something worth trying. I took a lot of pictures and as someone had brought an apple pie and there were also brownies lurking around, helped myself to both. I skipped the hot-dogs.

Of the nine cars that attended the event, everyone had a good time and seemed to enjoy themselves. The event had been set up so that the participants had to find their way to the three different places by filling out the various clues that were along the way. Jeannie had even bought prizes (Blowing Bubbles) for the top three participants but as nearly everybody had them all correct, the prizes were shared by everyone each taking turns to blow bubbles. We all sat around talking about the trip and how much fun it had been. We resolved that we need another such trip before the year is out. If anyone has any ideas for a similar trip, please contact Jeannie.

Home Handyman, Not Really…

 

 

Rock saw Last year, my neighbors and I got together and had a contractor trench in front of mine and the next door house in an attempt to ward off the Oak Wilt that is prevalent in Oak Hill.It has gotten as close as across the street and two of my neighbors have lost beautiful trees. The machine that the contractor uses is a very large rubber-tired tractor with an enormous 12 foot wheel blade on it.The point of the exercise is to dig a trench five feet deep cutting through any roots that may extend that touch the already affected trees. The disease is passed from tree to tree through the roots.

In the process, the contractor knowingly cut the water supply into the house and made the necessary repairs after locating the pipe.Unfortunately, the repair failed and I eventually ended up with a $400 water bill spread over two months. In fairness to the contractor, they made good the repair and reimbursed me most of my expense. Since then, I have been watching the water meter very closely to make sure there are no more leaks.

Well, you say, I have it covered, right? Wrong. I went to bed the other evening around my usual time of midnight and did as most people do and went to the bathroom before retiring.Three hours later and being an old man, had the usual problem that old men have and had to go again. When I got in the bathroom, the toilet was running and had been from the time I used it before going to bed. Damn it, I thought. So much for trying to cut down on the water bill. What this meant was that I now had to make sure that the flush valve was not stuck open before walking away, a wait of at least 2 minutes. This seemed like an eternity in the middle of the night when I was already half asleep plus it meant a conscious effort on my part to remember to wait each time I flushed.

Being an impatient sort of man and not wanting to subject myself to the wait, I decided that I would replace the two toilets in the house with more modern water saving split flush models so with a trip to one of my two favorite stores, Home Depot, I purchased two brand new units and with the help of the Home Depot employees, loaded both into my little Escape. Of course they were not there to help me unload the same boxes which although tricky, turned out to not be that difficult a task. Even so, I bet each box probably weighed 60 pounds at least.I loaded them onto my dolly and wheeled them into the house outside of the respective bathrooms and let them sit overnight, ready to start the next day.

I am no stranger to doing this sort of work and looked upon it as yet another challenge.I finished the first one in a little over an hour and a half and the hardest part was cleaning up the mess I created by not emptying both the tank and the toilet before I moved them. I had water everywhere but luckily for me, my house floors are of 12″ by 12″ ceramic floor tiles and it was pretty easy to clean up. My other problem was in breaking the water pipe that connected the tank to the wall and had to make a fast run to Lowe’s, my other favorite store, to get a replacement. It just so happens that the Lowe’s in Bee Cave is almost next door to a Starbucks so it was only right that I rewarded myself for a job well done.

New Glacier Bay Toilet

New Glacier Bay Toilet

The next day, I started in on the other replacement and this time, I made sure to empty both the tank and the bowl before wheeling it outside to join the first one. Having just completed the one, the second one was a piece of cake and I had it done in an hour this time with no trip to Lowe’s and therefore, no reward. I spent a happy couple of minutes flushing on the half and then the full just to watch the water disappear so quickly I thought it would suck me down the hole.

Not content with completing the toilet jobs, I decided to replace the kitchen sink which had been in the house when I bought it new, thirty years ago and was beginning to show both signs of age and rust. It was a cast iron enameled double sink and it had served it’s purpose. I was no stranger to these projects either having replaced sinks and toilets when I had my own construction company up in New York 45 years ago.

My first problem was trying to decide which sink I wanted to buy to replace the existing one and I even went on our local Neighborhood website and asked around about the pro’s and con’s for a single over a double. I got a lot of good answers but they really just confused the issue, some for and some against so I finally decided on a double stainless steel with a larger pot cleaning sink on one side. I planned on using my existing faucet unit as I had replaced the original a few years ago and mine was perfectly adequate and in good shape. The only thing I planned to do right this time was to hook the hot and cold faucets up correctly as mine were backward when I replaced them before. Didn’t really matter as the water came out just the same and I had quickly learned which side was cold and which was hot.

I set to work early afternoon and the first thing I had to do was to take off a dozen clips that attached the sink unit to the counter. Doesn’t sound very hard except the only way to do it is to lay on my back in the cupboard under the old sink unit and reach up and unscrew each one all the time, trying to focus my heavy-duty lamp where I was working. Of course, when I wanted a different tool, I had to crawl out and then lever myself to a sitting and eventually, standing position. It’s amazing that years ago, getting up and down from difficult sitting or laying positions was never a challenge but I don’t know what the hell has happened in the ongoing years but it is harder than all get out to keep getting up and down now.

I eventually released all of the clips but no effort on my part could move the sink unit. Closer examination revealed that it was not really glue but caulking that was holding the unit in place and it had set solid. What I needed was a jack but as I didn’t have one, I improvised and cut a length of 2″ x 4″ just a little longer than the height between the cabinet bottom and the bottom of the sink. I allowed for a 2″ x 4″ laid flat and set my piece of wood upright on the block and under the sink bowl and then by skillful use of my 4 pound club hammer, drove the wood upright until it broke the seal. I had to do this a couple more time in different areas to completely free the sink unit. The next problem was lifting the sink unit out of the hole cut in the counter-top and I wasn’t sure that I was going to do it on my own. As I mentioned, it was a cast iron sink and heavy. I pride myself on being ingenious and thinking of ways that by myself, can perform work that usually takes a couple of people. Then I thought of all of the weights I lift and the hours I spend in the gym working on muscles for just such occasions as this and grabbed the sink and with a mighty jerk, lifted it out of the hole and carefully placed it on the floor. “Wow”, I thought, “There’s hope for this old man yet”. It was really a question of convincing my mind that I could do it.

I took the faucet unit and the drains off the old sink and then loaded it onto my dolly and wheeled it out the back door, through the gate and deposited along side the of Thomas Springs Road by my driveway.In the past, I have found that is a useful way to get rid of a lot of unwanted but still usable stuff that I no longer have the use for. I only put stuff that is re-usable for someone else and don’t discard trash this way. At one time years ago when I kept birds, I had a bunch of cages that I no longer had a use for and they went almost quicker than I could put them out. On the other hand, I left two small filing cabinets out and a week later, had to bring them back inside as no one wanted them. This might be true of the sink. If I have to bring it back in, I will put it out in the garden and use it as a planter.

New Sink

New Sink

Back to my story. I attached the faucet unit and drains along with the aerator to the new sink unit and after putting a bead of caulk around the opening in the counter top, lifted the sink and carefully lowered it into the hole. This sink unit, even with the plumbing and aerator attached, was nowhere even close to the weight of the old unit and I was quite comfortably able to place it where it had to go. Just as before, I had to hook up a dozen clips to hold the sink in place and just as before, the only way to do it was to lay on my back, inside the cabinet and reach up and over my head. I finally finished this task and knew that the hardest work was already complete.

I hooked up the water pipes making sure to hook the hot one to the correct connection this time. The next thing that gave me a problem was hooking the electricity back to the aerator but it was only because it was a little tight and again, I was laying on my back. The very last thing was to hook up the drains. It was almost like for like except that the fixed drain did not line up with the old unit and was off by a couple of inches and obviously, the existing plumbing was going to need additional work. Back to Lowe’s in Bee Cave where I spent a half an hour looking at various parts and going over in my mind how I should complete the job. I finally came up with a couple of solutions and which meant my buying a couple of new parts. Even though the work was not quite complete, I rewarded myself anyway with a stop at Starbucks for the work I had done so far.

Luckily for me, I was able to make the plastic parts work on hooking up the plumbing and I rushed outside to turn back on the water which I had shut off while I was working. I turned on the faucet and checked for leaks in both the plumbing and the water connections and everything held firm. I turned on the aerator and it worked just fine and after cleaning the surplus caulking from around the counter top, the job was finished. This project took me from 2:00 pm to 9:00 pm to complete which included 45 minutes in Lowe’s but is well worth it. I now have a brand new sink and I finished it off by going to Bed, Bath and Beyond and buying a new dish rack among a couple of other things.

I still have the two used toilets that I need to decide what to do with. Should I put them alongside the road to see if someone has a use for them? They would work just fine in a camp of cabin and would work in a house as well. The last one I replaced, I took out the back and broke it up into tiny pieces. Maybe I can take these two and use them as planters out the front, one on each side of my garage. What do you think?

My next project is to remove the master bath and replace it with a shower bottom to turn it into a shower only. I never use the bath and I am afraid that now I have degenerated into a klutz, I might trip over getting in or out when I take a shower every morning. More on that later.

Who knows, with all of this activity, I might get tempted into dusting the rest of the house. Really?

First Trip to Bull Creek Nature Preserve

Bull Creek

Bull Creek


I had itchy feet again yesterday as well as the urge to take pictures so I packed up my stuff, jumped into the car and headed towards Bull Creek Nature Preserve off Loop 360. Pulling into the parking lot, the only other vehicles there was a construction truck with three Hispanic gentlemen sitting and enjoying the beauty of the surroundings as they ate their lunch.

I wandered up and down a little still in the lot, trying to decide which way to go before I put on my pack. On the way back to my car, there was this fairly large turtle that measured about six inches walking across the lot. Being the good guy that I am, I decided that it was a little risky leaving him where he was although I have to say, for a turtle he was making pretty good time as he walked towards the water. I picked him up and deposited him much closer to the water so that he had a better chance of making it. I was probably ten feet above the water from where I was and it seemed too far to just throw him in so I decided to let him find his own way and if he chose to jump, so be it…Do turtles jump?

I returned to the car and put on my pack after checking the camera, grabbed my monopod and off I went travelling downstream. I hadn’t gone more than 50 yards and I came across this big rock sticking out of the water. It was covered in turtles from very small to absolutely huge, with several probably more then a foot long. When they saw me, most of them slid into the water and I managed to get a couple of shots of the remaining two or three. As I looked into the water which at this point is probably more than ten feet deep, I could see many more large turtles just floating or swimming around. It was a veritable turtle haven. If you click on the picture, it will enlarge and you can see the size of the turtles. The one nearest the water looks like the back of his shell is damaged. Must be an old guy…

Turtle Rock

Turtle Rock


Moving on with my hike, much of the trail was wet and muddy caused by the water as it seeps out of the soft limestone rocks. A bit different to many of the trails I have been on. Eventually, the trail led me down to the river bed where I was walking on solid rock. I came across some double lines cut in the rock and recalled that there were similar tracks in Round Rock created by the wagons that followed the Chisholm Trail. At one point, there are two distinct set of tracks that finally merge into one as they lead up and out of the river bottom.I wonder what the history is behind these tracks. Are they a part of the Chisholm Trail or just those made by the locals as they used the river bottom as their road? Obviously more research is required.
Chisholm Trail? I wonder.

Chisholm Trail? I wonder.

Continuing on downstream there are some huge chunks of rock that probably fell from the cliffs above over the years. Looking at the horizon, the wealth of man was very obvious in several places as the houses overlooked the valley below. At the bottom end of my hike, I came across a Bull Creek District Park that even had permanent restrooms. It is located at 6701 Lakewood Dr., Austin, Texas 78731 and is a good place to start next time.

Rock in the Stream

Rock in the Stream

I passed a few other hikers out to enjoy the wonderful day, not yet so hot to be uncomfortable as we all know the Texas summers can be. Starting back towards my car, I crossed over to the other side of the Creek to make my way back. This side was more like the regular trails that I hike in the other places that I go with the trails under and through the trees. At one point, the seepage from the rock was very consistent and a dense growth of hanging moss was suspended from the rocks. It looked very pretty.

Hanging Moss

Hanging Moss and Fern

I came back to my starting point and decided to keep going for bit to explore the trails going upstream until I came to the Loop 360 overpass. At this point, I turned back and made my way back to my car. There were many more people about especially in the Parking Lot and couples sitting off by themselves enjoying each others company in beautiful surroundings.

Loop 360 Overpass

Loop 360 Overpass


My turtle friend was no longer where I left him so hopefully, he was cooling off in the water along with his buddies. I packed my gear back into the car after my usual change of clothes, headed to Cedar Park where I needed to visit the Hill Country Garden Center. All in all, it was a very nice hike. Unfortunately, the scenery is pretty repetitious and there are many pictures of the Creek and the rocks surrounding it and not much else. Enjoy.

Walking McKinney Roughs May 3, 2015

Trail on Yaupon

Trail on Yaupon

I decided that I was going out for a long walk as the weather was so nice. I thought I was going hiking yesterday (Saturday) and pulled into three different places but quickly discovered that the whole world was visiting and even worse, was playing in the stream. So I vowed to make these hikes during the week when I knew it would be much quieter.

Instead, I opted to go to one of my favorite spots, McKinney Roughs on the way to Bastrop. I loaded my gear making sure that I had plenty of water and some fruit, hopped into my car and was off. It takes me about 45 minutes if the traffic is good and today was one of the lucky days as I pulled into the Pope Bend Trailhead just before 1:00 pm. There were a couple of horse trailers already in the lot with the owners getting ready to make the ride. it’s always interesting to watch the various owners as they prepare their horses. They treat them as I would treat my dogs, talking to them and making a big fuss over them. I had horses many years ago at a different time of my life and I know the bond that grows between a horse and its owner. Hard to imagine being affectionate to a 1000 pound (or more) animal. As I looked at their mounts, I realized I had forgotten just how big horses are. They are bloody enormous…

Getting ready to ride

Getting ready to ride

As is usually the case, they were friendly people and we exchanged a few remarks as we made our trail preparations. In my case, I changed into my hiking boots, strapped on my water bottle, took out my camera and made sure it was set up and ready to go, hoisted my backpack over my shoulders, grabbed one of my minipods that I use as a walking stick (the other was strapped to my pack) and after locking my car, was off.

I had already made up my mind that I was going for a long walk and pretty much had the trails mapped out in my head with the help of the handy trail map provided by LCRA. I had alternative trails ready in case I was not hiking well and needed a shorter route. From the Trail Head, I took the Yaupon trail stopping along the way to take pictures. I had not traveled more than a half mile when I was passed by another hiker who was obviously into serious walking. He not only had two water bottles that he was carrying but was also walking at an amazing speed and quickly disappeared out of site.

Fast Hiker

Fast Hiker

Everything was so green and lush that I couldn’t help but take many pictures of the different trails that I was walking. What I like about McKinney Roughs is that most of the trails are in some sort of shade and you are never out in the sun for too long at a time. It was not my intent but as I was reviewing the images later, I realized that I had a lot of different trail pictures so I decided to dedicate this posting to them.

In previous blogs that I have written about McKinney Roughs, I mentioned the absence of birds and their songs which was not true on this hike. They were singing the entire time I was out there making a devil of a racket with their glorious sounds. I even came across a small rabbit but it was gone before I could take a picture.

From Yaupon, I took Bobcat Ridge which brought me very close to the main park buildings although, being a Sunday, there was no one around. The summer camps that they hold for the kids do not start for a couple of months and everything was quiet and peaceful as I walked through. It was along this part of the hike that four horses and riders passed me from behind. I had heard them coming as they talked to each other and had pulled off the trail. As usual, greetings were exchanged and I took my usual pictures of the horses as they passed from view. From Bobcat Ridge, I took a short walk on FoxTail and then to Riverside.

Riding the trail

Riding the trail

Riverside is a very interesting trail. It starts pretty level for probably half a mile or so and is nice and easy walking. Then it descends towards the river and becomes much more difficult to walk with the loose pebbles and stones that cover the path coupled with the incline which is a pretty steep grade.  When you finally get to the bottom, the footing changes and the stones are replaced with good old black dirt, sediment from the river floods over the years. The recent rains had left the trails soft especially anywhere there was any form of dirt and the horses using the trail had left a multitude of hoof prints making for difficult walking as the hoof prints began to dry out. This was true over the entire area of trails that I covered as all shared the trail with horses and hikers and the horses had cut up and rutted the trails pretty good.

I got some good shots of the horizon as I was going down Riverside from in between the trees and looking at the pictures, it is possible to get a good indication of how steep the grade really is. That coupled with the loose pebbles made the going a little tricky.

Walking close to the river gave the hike a whole different perspective. The trees were all much taller and closer together making for a heavy canopy of shade. I had to make camera adjustments in order to lighten the pictures under the trees, it was so dark. Only in a couple of places does the trail actually get close enough to the river to walk to the water’s edge. Most of the trail is running parallel and about 50 or more feet from the water. The river is visible through the trees and only in a couple of places was it worth taking pictures.

It must have been my lucky day as I came across a horseshoe thrown by one of the many horses that had passed that way. I checked it out as I walked by and continued walking for a couple of hundred yards, thought about it a bit, and turned back to retrieve it and stuck it in my pack. It was a combination of helpfulness and superstition which made me go back to pick it up and I will leave it up to the reader to decide which one.

I continued along Riverside until it met up with Road Runner which I knew would bring me back to the Trailhead. Road Runner turned out to be the hardest part of the entire hike. It was a long up hill grade composed of the loose pebbles and stones that I had encountered on the downgrade. Whether it was the last lap home and that I was getting tired or it really was a lot rougher to walk on and was on a steep incline, I was very glad when I reached the top and the trail leveled out for a bit. I crossed the road (twice) that leads to the Hyatt Resort Hotel and finally arrived back to the Pope Bend Trailhead.

The original group of horses and riders were already back and were washing their horses down. One had already loaded and was pulling out and I noticed that another trailer was now in the group. As I watched a couple more horses appeared ridden by a woman in the lead and followed by a man who had his very small son on the saddle with him. I inquired around but none of any of the riders horses had thrown a shoe. I guess it will join the others on my shed to hopefully, bring me luck.

Along the way, I had taken many pictures of all of the flowers that I saw and there were a lot of them all showing their pretty faces at the camera.  In the end, I had to stop taking pictures as there were so many of the same kinds.

I had taken a lot of pictures which slows me down and my walking speed is never very fast at the best of times but altogether, I had spent over four hours on the trails and covered almost ten miles, at least that is what my trusty pedometer says. It also says that I walked more than 20,000 steps and better yet, burned off over 800 calories. As usual, I was totally soaked and as I try to carry a change of clothing at all times, changed into something drier for the trip home.

This being McKinney Roughs and Bastrop (and Starbucks) only a short drive away, I felt that I had to reward myself for such a long hike and consequently found myself heading in the wrong direction to home just so that I could satisfy my one and only really bad habit. On the way, in the space of a mile, I passed two different car wrecks both covered by State Troopers, Bastrop Sheriff’s Department and Ambulances and all with flashing lights and causing traffic back ups for a couple of miles. The sight of these accidents made me take more care with my own driving and to pay attention to the road as I drove the 30 odd miles back to my house enjoying my Grande Latte.

What a wonderful and enjoyable day…

McKinney Roughs May 3, 2015 Shortened from Francis Allcorn on Vimeo.

The pictures are best viewed in full screen.