Trip Start Feb 20, 2008
1Trip End Jul 07, 2008
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So I finished my traveling job, ready to spend a bit of time in just one place... and then kept traveling; at least on the weekends. Whereas before, I spent a lot of time in planes, most of my travels over the past few months have been road trips. Here's a summary of my recent shenanigans...
After about two weeks back in the Austin area, I was out of town for the next four weekends
My first trip was to Houston for a wedding reception held at St Arnold's Brewery. My beautiful friends, and newlyweds, Mark and Jenny hosted the shin dig and I got to catch up with a lot of old friends from high school and college as well.
The next weekend began with a three-hour drive to Dallas, TX; the southern city that really wishes it was New York City. I was there for a nutritional conference but my buddy Franklin, from PT school, is also living there. I stayed with him and his sister, and we had a blast celebrating her birthday with a very cool group of their friends. It was the first time I realized what great place Dallas can be.
At this point I was starting to grow a little tired of the weekend travel since I was still working 40-50 hours a week at two different clinics in the Austin area (and had just finished a year of travel)
After that weekend, and another 40 + hours of work in four days, I was really exhausted. But I'll tell you what, there's nothing like "Chilifest" in Snook, Texas to wake your ass right uphttp://www.chilifest.org/home.htm
Here's a photo gallery some photographer put up online
Chilifest turned out to be one of a few fun weekends with my cousins Andrew, Chris, and Nathan
The next adventure was a road trip up to Memphis, Tennessee for the World Championships of Barbeque, and over to Arkansas for a weekend of canoeing and camping. It was over 11 hours on the road with 6 guys and a trailer of stuff, but the barbeque and Blues music in Memphis was completely worth it. We stayed at my aunt and uncle's place after a fun night on "Beale Street" http://www.bealestreet.com/home.html , and drove three hours the next day to the Spring River in Arkansas. We spent two nights camping there and took a six hour canoe trip down the river the second day. It was absolutely beautiful. It was the last big weekend trip with Andrew before he left for Iraq, so to say we went all out would be an understatement
The next trip I took was in mid-June, and this time I was back on a plane. A group of my close friends from Physical Therapy school reunited back in St. Augustine, Florida to celebrate some of our birthdays around that time. The weather was beautiful and we were all incredibly excited to be out in the water surfing together again. The waves weren't much to write about but the company more than made up for it. It was nice to be able to enjoy the quaint little coastal town without the stress that was ever-present while I was going to school there. http://www.oldcity.com/
So now I'm gearing up to leave tomorrow for my next big adventure... Panama! I think it's about time I improve my Spanish and my Salsa dancing. I'll do some Physical Therapy and Massage work if possible, and after a few weeks in the capital, I'll hopefully be spending the majority of my time on the coast, surfing and looking for land to buy. I have this crazy dream of setting up a vacation home on a beautiful beach, that I can rent out when I'm not there with my friends and family. Of course, that kinda thing takes money, so I'll have to figure that part out once I get there. Wish me luck! I'll be writing again soon.