Far far away, behind the word mountains, far from the countries Vokalia and Consonantia, there live the blind texts. 

Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Our awesome campsite was only ten minutes from the Carlsbad Caverns NP entrance!

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Guadalupe Mountains National Park

We were about half an hour away from the Guadalupe Mountains NP entrance, so it was an easy drive, and we got to cross back into Texas for a hot minute!

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Stop #29 – Walmart, Ft. Stockton, TX

Some dude we had met told us that driving the length of Texas would feel reallllly loooong.  I’m sure that’s true if you’re trying to drive it straight, or if you’re just trying to make it to the other side, but we’re all “Life’s About the Journey” over here, so it wasn’t bad!

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Thanksgiving 2017

What is Thanksgiving without friends or family?  SADNESS.  Sorry to be so dramatic.  I knew that no matter WHAT we did for Thanksgiving- in the kids’ eyes, it would never, ever live up to our normal celebration (we usually host).  At least I planned ahead.  I figured that instead of trying to compete with their expectations, it would be better do something entirely different, something we wouldn’t normally do because we’re busy hosting.

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Aaron Franklin, of PBS fame, is THE bbq king, and his famous bbq joint is in Austin.  This was Billy’s #1 on places to visit for the entire trip.  Billy started smoking meat after watching his show and receiving Aaron’s book from yours truly last Christmas.  He may or may not keep it on his bedside table next to his bible.  We had been really bummed because their pit room suffered a fire in August, and was closed until further notice.  BUT… luck was on our side, and they reopened the Tuesday before Thanksgiving!!

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San Antonio, TX

My cousin John, his wife Lori, and their two kids live in San Antonio, so we took a day trip to hang out and scope out the city!  Lori was the sweetest hostess, after treating us to lunch, she took us downtown.

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Stop #28 – Austin, TX

Austin is one of the cities we were most looking forward to visiting on our trip.  We had heard really good things, and of course it’s home to Franklin BBQ, and that had Billy really excited.  We had a pretty long drive from Crystal Beach, and we added to the length by throwing in a stop at the Houston IKEA.

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