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Sunday afternoon trip from Cedar Park to Bertram.

Exceptional!!

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24 Mar 2013

~ looking ~

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23 Mar 2013

Zilker Park

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Wyatt putting Zilker Park through its paces.

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Texas Blue Bonnets

22 Mar 2013

Austin Children’s Museum

Austin Childrens’ Museum

Destined for a new twice-the-size building!

Great place for kids. Great place for adults in the company of kids!

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Wyatt will attest to a wholly enjoyable and exhausting day.

Austin Childrens’ Museum

21 Mar 2013

Bubble Blowing

 

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20 Mar 2013

Rodeo Wyatt

Rodeo Wyatt

Rodeo Austin

Travis County, Texas

Rodeo Austin was not, is not a very RV family friendly concern. Lots of space and access up front and close, … ah, but not for this family.

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Parked all by our lonesome on a mid-day  Tuesday.

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Wyatt unsure of the pony ride or with something in his diaper.

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Looking all around; all eyes.

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Mr. Wiggle Worm, hanging upside down.

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Tractor heaven; thanks to a very gracious and welcoming retired John Deere man.

20 Mar 2013

Woody Eastman ~ Redbud Cafe ~ Blanco, Texas

Woody Eastman with Pete Edquist

Woody Eastman of the Conway, New Hampshire / Fryeburg, Maine Eastmans/Seaveys

Redbud Cafe ~ Blanco, Texas

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17 Mar 2013

Bracken Hale @ Threadgill’s North

Bracken Hale & James Shelton

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Expanded Gallery To Follow

14 Mar 2013

The Sieker Band @ Patsy’s Cowgirl Cafe

This will be the second year we have driven from the alpine snowfields 😉 of northern New Hampshire to central Texas to hear Rolf and Beate Seiker play their Texas bluegrass as The Sieker Band.

Last year the Sunday Bluegrass Gospel Brunch at Threadgills, this year Patsy’s Cowgirl Cafe.

This time through accompanied by Lenny Nichols on the standup bass and Bill Stringer on lead guitar.

The Sieker Band : Central Texas’  hardest working bluegrass band!

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The Sieker Band ~ Expanded Gallery

11 Mar 2013

Lens Envy @ Patsy’s

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Apparent ‘lens envy’ at Patsy’s Cowgirl Cafe

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10 Mar 2013

Hillbilly Revival @ Patsy’s Cowgirl Cafe

While this trio may be new on the Austin music scene they are certainly not new to the stage.

Good fun with a theatrical bent and a decided stage presence.

There was mention made of being connected with a downtown stage show??

Sorry I did not get names and can not find a web site presence.

The images will have to speak for themselves.

Hillbilly Revival  @ Patsy’s Cowgirl Cafe

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Yup!

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Hillbilly Revival @ Patsy’s Cowgirl Cafe

10 Mar 2013

Blacktop Bend

Round Rock, Texas, the international headquarters of  Dell, the self-avowed “Sports Capital of Texas”, a ‘super-suburb’ (yikes!) and the home of the Star Company Coffee &  Cafe hosting the Blacktop Bend bluegrass quartet on a very tight stage.

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Love that single mic!!

9 Mar 2013

Collings Guitars

A serious distance (serious, at least in a Smart Car on a 70 mph Texas highway) outside of Austin-proper off of 290 W, in a nondescript warehouse-type building, resides a creative presence in the Austin and world-wide music scene: the Collings Guitar shop.

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The Friday afternoon tours are popular,crowded. Hanging around on the fringes to capture images, I missed most if not all of the presentation.

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Acclimating, Storing, Selecting, Tracing, Cutting, Wetting, Heating, Forming, Bending, Weighting, Shaping, Waiting, Drilling, Routing, Bridging, Gluing, Clamping, Scraping, Sanding, Taping, Staining, Varnishing, Sealing, Finishing, Buffing, Inspecting, Gauging, Stringing, Tuning, Testing

A Timeless Musical Instrument Built With Pride By Many An Accomplished Hand

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Collings Guitars Options

Inside Collings Guitars : Instrumental

Thank You to the Collings’ Guitar Craftsmen Who Were Patient With Me

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9 Mar 2013

Mother Merey & Black Dirt ~ The Delta Blues in Austin

Mother Merey & Black Dirt

This three-piece acosutic ensemble were crowd-pleasers at the Sahara Lounge in east Austin the other night.

Among five or six bands in a hit-and-run format MMBD stood out for me.

Authentic delta blues sound! Great on-stage energy!

I am way excited about getting my hands (and ears) on their debut CD: Down To The River.

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Kevin Allen

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Meredith ‘Merey’ Kimbrough

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Eric Michael Witthams

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No Depression Review

7 Mar 2013

Austin Steamers ~ Austin, Texas

A little more than a year ago we listened to Ben Hodges and Jenn Miori as Hem and Haw present one of the tighter sets on the stage of the Austin Friends of  Traditional Music’s Mid-Winter Festival. We have been following their musical exploits and accomplishments from the northern New Hampshire since. We are eagerly waiting for the Carper Family‘s appearance at the Ossipee Valley Music Festival this summer.

We were blessed with the opportunity to hear the Austin Steamers comprised of Ben Hodges on mandolin and vocals, Joe Sundell on banjo and vocals, and Sean Tracey on guitar and vocals.

Good stuff!

Expanded Gallery To Follow

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4 Mar 2013

Garner State Park: The Rio Frio, The Edward’s Plateau & The Texas Hill Country

Our Garner State Park experience would not have been what it was without Ranger Frank Roberts, Interpretive Specialist.

Our first day in the park we had the opportunity to speak with Frank in his office. A more gracious and hospitable man there may not be. Frank is also a fount of knowledge about the flora, fauna, geology and history of Garner State Park and the Texas Hill Country region. To top it all,  he plays a mean guitar with a strong singing voice.

Frank directed us to the Texas Escarpment Live Oak in the nearby town of Rio Frio. A great bike ride to an interesting piece of local natural history.

A personal invitation was extended to his mid-morning Edward’s Plateau geology presentation and an afternoon guided hike the next day. We took him up on both and were not disappointed, tuckered out but not disappointed.

Frank needs to write a book; my fear is lots of the knowledge Frank holds regarding Garner SP and the local area will disappear with his retirement.

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4 Mar 2013

Live Oak Country

Back in Live Oak Country

Texas making an argument for the largest and oldest Escarpemnt Live Oak tree in the town of Rio Frio  in the spring fed Rio Frio river valley of the Texas Hill Country.

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3 Mar 2013

No Longer ‘West of the Pecos’

A couple days in being posted since we entered the WiFi wilderness of the Texas Hill Country: we are no longer “West of the Pecos’

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The funky water color is for real.

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3 Mar 2013

Stucco Over Adobe ~ Juan Carradsco

The camera and lens allows for many conversations that might not happen otherwise.

Our travels end up being chronicled by the images, the people and the conversations.

Work being done at the Marathon (TX) Motel and RV Park on the adobe walls of the court yard: a quality place with quality people.

Adobe settles; stucco cracks and needs repair.

Taping and  and prepping of the work area completed, metal screen or lath gets applied where necessary. Appropriately mixed stucco of the right consistency is applied by trowel. A blending and roughening toll is used to do exactly that on the drying stucco surface. When appropriately dried a coloring agent is applied.  Later a blending agent and water are used to achieve color consistency through out the job.

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Juan Carradsco, Alpine, Texas Tradesman

3 Mar 2013