Monthly Archive: August 2011

Aug 31

Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center: Port Aransas

Kenny with alligator

Kenny is the most amazing vacation partner in the world!  He always does lots of research and discovers the hidden treasures within any area that we visit.  I appreciate so much the way he always goes the extra mile, searching online, checking out books from the library, gathering information, to make sure our vacations are …

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Aug 30

Frugal Date: Matinee and Lunch

AMC Theater

Karen and I finally found some time to go on one of our 10 frugal dates that we wrote about way back in June.  To get caught up to speed check out our 10 frugal date ideas by clicking on the hyperlink.  We have just been super busy lately and last weekend we sat down and …

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Aug 29

Sternberg Museum of Natural History: Hays, Kansas


The Sternberg Museum of Natural History is a university museum located in Hays, Kansas and it is the perfect stopover when driving through western Kansas.  If you are ever making the long drive from Kansas City to Denver then this place is a great stop to get out and stretch the legs.  The tour of …

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Aug 28

Number 4: Green Sea Turtle near the Kohala Coast

turtle buddy

Number 4 is a photograph of a green sea turtle off the Kohala Coast of Hawaii.  One of our favorite things to do on vacation is snorkel.  If we go on a beach vacation Karen and I find time to snorkel every day.  We both fell in love with snorkeling on our first trip to …

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Aug 27

Number 197: Raging Bull (1980)

Raging Bull 2

Raging Bull is number 197 of our top 200 movies list. The Movie is directed by Martin Scorsese and stars Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Frank Vincent and Mary Albee.  The film is rated R. Karen’s Review Wow, Raging Bull really threw me for a loop.  I knew going in that this was a critically …

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Aug 26

Creating a Great Room: Part I


Our house, like so many lovely mid century ranch homes, came equipped with a standard living room (some people would call it a den) as well as a formal living room.  They were two separate rooms and somehow we seemed to only ever make use of the den.  Open floor plans are all the rage …

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Aug 25

Valley of the Temples: Oahu

Bridge to Byodo-In

Valley of the Temples is just another breathtaking place on the islands of Hawaii. Going to the Valley of the Temples is like taking a quick trip to Japan and getting the chance to see some of their temples, because that is exactly what you are going to see when you come here.   There is a replica of …

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Aug 24

Denver Zoo: Lots of Mile High Animal Fun

Baby Orangutan

The Denver Zoo seems to get better every time that we go.  Our first visit there was a couple of years ago and we were not that impressed.  It seemed like there was a lot of potential but it was not quite there yet.  I do not know if it was the time of year …

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Aug 23

Manoa Falls – Oahu

Manoa Falls 2

Manoa Falls Trail is a very popular trail that leads to a 150-foot waterfall.  The reason that the waterfall is so popular is that it surrounded by beautiful forest and it is on the outskirts of Honolulu on the Island of Oahu.  The trail is a little less than a mile each way with a gradual …

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Aug 22

Lord of the Silver Bow by David Gemmell

Lord of the Silver Bow

Lord of the Silver Bow (Troy Trilogy, Book 1) By David Gemmell “We make choices every day, some of them good, some of them bad. And – if we are strong enough – we live with the consequences.” Lord of the Silver Bow is a wonderful take on Homer’s Iliad and its a part of …

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