Friday, January 12, 2018

Off, Again!

So where are we off to in 2018? Lots of places!  Of course, we’ll visit
Winter trees
small towns in Texas. We’re planning to head in a more northward direction to see what’s happening in places such as Krum, Bolivar, Slidell, Era, and Rosston. I’m sure that there is lots of hidden history for us to discover. We’ll drive to these small towns, and it will be day trips. We’re not in danger of over packing for these jaunts, but on longer road trips, perhaps to Galveston (yes, I know that’s south), it’s hard to resist taking everything I might remotely want. For instance, I do like my own pillow, but do I really want to haul it around and risk leaving it in some hotel? Do I really need five pairs of shoes? What about that sack of snacks? The answer to these questions is a resounding NO!


Friday, January 5, 2018

The Best of What We Ate in 2017

As we’ve trotted around the world we’ve eaten at some fairly horrible
Texas-shaped corn bread
places, but these were greatly outnumbered by wonderful places. This blog is an amalgamation of all the places we gave a rating of four or more carrots. If you want to read about the places these restaurants are found, just follow the links to the associated blog. For information about my rating system, see Reading the Reviews. Within the blogs are also loads of pictures and more information about the places the NearNormal Travelers have visited.



Friday, December 29, 2017

The Best of What We Did in 2017

Blue flowers in Bohemia
One of the reasons we travel around the world is to see and do things that help us understand people and cultures better. As our country becomes more diverse, it behooves us to learn more about our very interesting world. This blog is a summary of all the activities we gave a rating of four or more carrots. If you want to read about the places we played, just follow the links to the associated blog. For information about my rating system, see Reading the Reviews. Within the blogs are more pictures and tons of information about the places the NearNormal Travelers have visited.

Friday, December 22, 2017

The Best of Where We Stayed, and Shopped in 2017

Journeying around the world we’ve stayed at some absolutely awful
Sweet pea
places, but they were overshadowed by delightful places. We also did a bit of shopping in some really great shops. This blog is a consolidation of all the establishments we gave a rating of four or more carrots. If you want to read about where these are located, just follow the links to the associated blog. For information about my rating system, see Reading the Reviews. Within the blogs are oodles of images and more information about the locations the NearNormal Travelers have wandered.


Friday, December 15, 2017

To Tunisia – somewhere in Texas

Dido was a legendary queen of Carthage in Virgil's Aeneid. She killed
Pasture land near Dido
herself when Aeneas left her. That didn’t stop folks in Texas from naming a town after her. Now a ghost town, Dido has lots history and still is connected to the community.




Friday, December 8, 2017

Springing around Springtown

After loading up on holiday food, watching old movies, and generally
Area around Springtown
being lazy it was time to go exploring. We’ve been south of the Metroplex frequently, so taking some jaunts in a more northwardly direction seemed a good idea. Springtown was our destination, partly because we’d never been there, and partly because there was supposed to be a good Mexican restaurant within the environs.


Friday, December 1, 2017

Winding up in Whitney

Whitney is a small town in Hill County was named after, surprisingly enough, Charles A. Whitney. Although it
Dave and Vince, on the road
is near Lake Whitney, that’s not why the town appeared in its location. We took a ride out to Whitney just to get out of the city and to see if the trees had begun to reflect the change from summer to autumn. We were, of course, also looking for somewhere new for lunch.