A Quick Hike and Cookies!
Trip Start Dec 31, 2012
94Trip End May 04, 2013
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What I did
The Bluestem Trail, at last.
We finally figured out the hiking map and easily found the Bluestem Trail. It didn't offer much in the way of flora and virtually zero fauna, but it was a great workout. The phone battery went south at near two miles, but we figured we hiked about four miles in toto. And, there was mud... In several places we could see where the resident wild hogs had rooted up the soft ground in search of last fall's acorns. The surely did a fine job of opening Mother Earth! The back end of the trail is almost all mud, with little gravel to make the going easier. We eventually closed the loop, so to speak and found our way back to Shorty. Rain was threatening and the temperature barely hit fifty five degrees. I almost had to wear long sleeves but survived in my shorts and tank top
We had lunch after our two hour outing and then she decided that Nieman Marcus Cookies would be the next project. We had purchased a small Oster Food Processor when we were last at the Dubya Place. It quickly turned the five cups of oatmeal into meal and the project went on. After all of the mixing, it took Lynn over two and a half hours to back up the dough. I had to sample two, just to make sure they were as good as the last time she had made them. They are.
I forgot to mention our trip through the toll roads near Houston. We were on the Sam Houston Parkway. Every several miles we had to go through a Toll Booth at the cost of $5.25. At the third and final booth, I, whiningly, mentioned to the nice lady that it was overpriced. She agreed and told me that it was too costly for her and that she sympathized. In talking with her upon leaving, she gave me my receipt and the change. Only as we pulled out did I realized that she had returned the payment to me with the receipt! Nice people are everywhere we look...if we look. It was a fine gesture and returns some of my faith in human nature.
We'll be moving on tomorrow via an old/new route for us. We'll be avoiding Interstate 10 and traveling through small towns on US90 Alternate. It will be a nice break for us and hopefully more relaxing. It's beautiful and green everywhere here, so we hope to enjoy it at a more leisurely pace. You just might agree...