Posts Tagged With: camping

# 16 Phoenix – Just add water and hike

Nothing beats a good referral as they say in business. Equally as important nothing beats a good suggestion of great places to go for vacation and fun. Well as much as I enjoy giving my older brother a hard way to go. Today I have to give him a “high 5 ” for always talking about “The Zona”.

Even though he knows we are boat people, beach people, and bums. He also knows we value anywhere that is top shelf in the great outdoors. That combined with a great social and recreational environment creates a landscape for  exploration.

Recalling seven or eight years ago while visiting he brought us a book on Arizona and said you two have to go check this out “so get it on the list”. When people reiterate things with passion more than once, twice or five times you had better listen up, because chances are there is something worth while to see… I say if you are gambling on sending water people to the desert you must be holding a hand full of Aces knowing you are right.

Thanks big brother for dialing us in on these Mile Marker Memories. You just forgot to tell me that once I turn left off I-40 west onto I-17 south that the Ambassador III would drop like a rock from 7000′ to 1400′ in short order. And that folks is the difference between the mountains and the desert.

 

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# 12 Let’s go to Luckenbach Texas

Like we said before, if you go to a fun city don’t focus in on it  so much that you miss what’s within a short drive a way. For us after 2 weeks of fun in San Antonio we moved  60 miles up the road to the “Hill Country” town of Fredericksburg. Settled by German immigrants in 1846. I will describe as the main hub for Luckenbach, the massive and beautiful Enchanted Rock, and just down the road in Stonewall where you will find the famed ” LBJ ‘s  Ranch AKA The Texas White House“. The area is equal distance away from both Austin and San Antonio, so if you ever visit either and want to take a ride it’s worth checking out. LBJ’s home makes me think of Graceland, you just got to love the 60’s and all the hi tech gadgets (let’s just say telephone obsession, and I thought my dad was bad) and decor, but no green shag carpet thanks to Lady Bird.

The area was so interesting we  spent 3 days canvasing it all, and really enjoyed getting lost on many of the back roads discovering ranches, more winery’s and scenic views. GPS find KOA… recalculating…when possible make a u turn.

The Hill Country is  a Texas Napa Valley waiting to happen with many first class locations well worth stopping in.

http://www.luckenbachtexas.com/

http://www.nps.gov/lyjo/planyourvisit/visitlbjranch.htm

http://www.fredericksburgtexas-online.com/

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# 11 Let’s Rodeo San Antonio

So checking into  the San Antonio KOA campground the lady ask “Are you here for the rodeo and live stock show?” Puzzled I had to check myself and see if my beach bum looking self had anything on me that made me look like a bronco rider. I must admit I had done no real research on San Antonio so other than what friends and family have told me, we knew zero other than this is the home of the infamous Alamo, and the SA Spurs basketball team.. “No I replied”. Well the stampede is about to come down the street here kicking off the show. “What show”  I said. Well as we found out, the show is a huge thing and its going on the block next to us. OK a huge rodeo and livestock show. Oh! there’s music too, lots of music…check out the line up picture showing who’s playing…I looked at Pam and said “this is going to be fun”.

So you might want  to put San Antonio as a must do on your vacation list. When it comes to history, food, culture, entertainment value  these folks have it going on. Be it  history and Missions, the River Walk, or the Hill Country you could spend a while here and not run out of things to do. We just spent two weeks here and then move 60 miles up the road for a few days days, and we have left a lot of things untouched, but we will be back.

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#5 – Where the heck is Mangrove Momma’s

Well be sure to fuel up and make a last minute department / grocery stop before departing the mainland…last stop, Florida City…It’s not that supplies are hard to get, but as you can guess “the price goes up just a wee bit” the further down the chain of Keys you go. Also with the area being divided up into sections, you will find gaps in the geography– in the event you need certain goods for the journey.

By road, there are 2 ways  into the Keys: The Overseas Hwy AKA US1  or Card Sound Rd. If you do chose Card Sound Road “I would be swearing you might be going to Alabama Jacks”.

Let’s head down the Keys about 120 miles and take a look at some of the interesting things we saw –and let’s see where the heck “Mangrove Mamma’s” is. Could she be the neighbor of Fat Albert? Enjoy these milemarkermemories.

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#4 – Wanna do lunch with a manatee

Now how fun could a little lunch on the water turn out to be. We stopped by to have a world famous “Hogfish Sandwich”  at a place on Stock Island that a good friend recommended. While sitting at the Hogfish Grill we spotted this manatee swimming in the water. Well this dude swims up and starts drinking from the water hose without a care in the world. Next thing you know we have a crowd around the table and a cat that is trippin’ out to say the least. Turns out to be quiet an entertaining lunch. I don’t think I have ever seen so many iphones whipped out during lunch. And Yes the food was awesome.

Manatee drinks from the hose

Manatee drinking from the hose

Manatee watching cat

Safe Harbor boats Stock Island

A Hogfish lunchHogfish Grill Stock Island_mmm

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#3 – Another Day in Key West Florida

For those of you that have been to Key West these pictures are nothing new, however be warned they could possibly bring back memories of  good times, and inspiration only the sun, sand, and a good watering hole can provide. Not to mention the fresh seafood…and we are not talking frozen in a bag from China either. Look the law states “you can only eat fresh catch while in the Keys OR you will be fed to the chickens and roosters”. You can trust me on this, I am NOT a lawyer.

For those of you who have not been WELL, it’s time to plan a trip for some R&R even though most people have to rest when they return. The Conch Repulic is awaiting your arrival. DO keep in mind Key West is only a small part of the Florida Keys there are about 120mm in the Keys, and thats a lot of fun to be had.

Check these mmm’s out;

www.schoonerwesternunion.com

www.southernmostpointusa.com     (attractions tab)

www.hemingwayhome.com

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