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Last Minute Summer Trips (+ a Tip)!

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Summer – where did it go?! It’s already August, school is right around the corner and now is the chance to really take advantage of the (little) time we have left. I don’t know about you but I need at least one more trip in the books! Here are some last minute trip ideas and one super tip that is sure to save us all some time (and money) so we can hit the road!

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Trip Idea #1 – Get Outside!

Take a trip to a state park or better yet somewhere where there isn’t cell service. Yep, I said it! Lose the connection! Need ideas? Glen Rose, Texas and Broken Bow, Oklahoma (which is on my list) are some perfect ideas. No matter where you are get out there and canoe, kayak, paddle board, swim, hike, sit on a porch and read a book and grill out! Focus on spending time with others in nature! Don’t forget to print the directions, remember – off the grid!

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Trip Idea #2 – Day Trip into Town

Pick your closest city and become a tourist. At times, we all tend to overlook what’s in our own backyards. Take a step back and treat it like it’s a completely new location! Go for a day or a weekend (book a room at a fun family hotel or boutique hotel and treat yourself!). Eat local (avoid the chains), meet new people and explore the path that’s not usually traveled.

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Trip Idea #3 – Visit Furry Friends

Large and small, big and tall, they come in all sizes and can be found in so many locations. An aquarium, a zoo, a friend’s property or even stopping at a random destination to watch animals, be animals. Kids love them and so do adults. It’s not only a great day trip but it’s bound to leave memories for a long time!

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Trip Idea #4 – Live Music!

 

One of my favorite things to do it listen to live music and if you’re in Texas – it’s basically everywhere! Attend a festival that’s been on your list for a while or just plan a weekend in search of new talent! You’d be amazed at what you may come across. It could include a man playing two saxophones at the same time who also plays a diggeriry doo.

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Trip Idea #5 – Theme Parks & Festivals

Local Visitor and Convention Bureaus, city websites and amusement park sites can have some great deals and coupons to help save some money and great ideas for your next trip. Do a little searching online and head to a theme park for a day with a group of friends or to the next big event in town. What more do you need than sunscreen and thrills to end the summer on a high note?!

Tips! Tips! Tips!

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All of these trips are not possible without a little planning and a little savings! One of the most important parts of any trip is making sure transportation is in tip top shape! Walmart has a great Auto Care Center and it’s a great spot to have an oil change no matter what vehicle we’re driving! An oil change with Pennzoil® High Mileage Vehicle® (for the vehicles over 75,000 miles) or the Pennzoil Platinum®: Full Synthetic Motor Oil with PurePlus™ Technology (under 75,000 miles) for less than $40 ($39.88 Rollback to $35.88 until September 28th), that’s a deal that’s right and leaves more savings for traveling! Not only is the savings amazing, Pennzoil is a brand that is known to help reduce leaks and cleans out sludge that other oils leave behind helping your car last longer for more trips ahead! The best part – while you’re waiting for a oil change, Walmart has all the other products needed for the trip!

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Where are you going for your last summer trip? 
Do you have any favorite travel tips?

 

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Sometimes We Need To Take A Moment

This past weekend, we headed to Austin to celebrate a wedding of a couple friends, to say “safe travels” and “see you soon” to another friend moving to Tennessee and all the while saying hello to lots of people who we haven’t seen in a little bit. It was an exciting weekend. Something that didn’t happen was a lot of picture taking which is unfamiliar territory to me but there’s a lesson that dawned on me along the way…

Sometimes we need to take a moment. 

It’s great to have all of these moments captured using photographs, videos and other social media aspects but I think it’s even more important to put it all down and savor it. As much as I wanted to share with everyone how absolutely beautiful the venue was at the wedding, the group dinner and delicious food we ate in Austin or the fun we were having on 6th Street after the wedding – it’s one of those times that I just needed a moment with no strings attached.

With that being said, I have one photo to share which has turned out to be one of my favorite photos taken of Spencer and I.

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As for festivities and places which we enjoyed in Austin this weekend, here is out list.

Wedding Venue: Barr Mansion Ranch
Absolutely beautiful with an old, Southern mansion, white-stringed lights throughout the property and a beautiful glass faced building in the back.
Dinner: Matt’s El Rancho
Tex-Mex at it’s finest. The salsa is delicious and spicy. Sit outside to enjoy the fresh evening air and Austin culture.
Breakfast: The Kolache Factory
After Wedding Festivities: Buckshots on 6th Street.
Order a Mass Attack in honor of our friends. It’s on the menu list!

Have you put your camera down lately to enjoy the moment in the moment? 

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Where the Longhorn & the Buffalo Play

I hope everyone had a great Father’s Day weekend! This past weekend we headed out to Abilene, Texas to spend time with Spencer’s family and it was incredible. We beat the heat with some relaxing pool time, enjoyed family time with his parents, brother and his girlfriend, played a round of golf where I particularly enjoyed driving the cart and learned that my time at Top Golf has paid off a little bit!

Saturday evening, we drove just outside of town to a ranch and as usual, I was in PURE HEAVEN! When anyone thinks of Texas, longhorns are one of the first things that come to mind. I don’t think that I’ve ever really been close to an entire herd of them, let alone be able to feed them! Spencer wasn’t kidding when he told the owner I could stay out there all day and was loving every single second. I was – it was paradise! They are so lucky to own this property and these gorgeous animals and you can really tell they love the treasure they have been given. The land has been in their family since 1903 and they’re bringing it back to life. These animals are so incredibly beautiful. Not only did we get to pet four horses, there were two buffalo (Gironimo and Buffy) and between 25-30 longhorn including newborn calves. Ah! Let me just share some pictures and let you see for yourself (although pictures do no justice to how beautiful it was as the sun started to go down). I guess it’s true what they say, an Abilene sunset must be on the bucket list when in Texas as well!

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This little fella is a little over a year old. She’s well on her way to growing the iconic horns. She’s a beaut! Longhorn_0653a Longhorn_0673

Meet Touchdown! She likes to come up and say hello (to everyone)!  Longhorn_0675

One of the newest (and let’s be honest – the cutest) little calves on the property. I absolutely love his color and wish I could take him home. Why can’t they stay small like this so I can? Longhorn_0641

I can’t get over the color of this longhorn! Beautiful! It even carries into his horns.  Longhorn_0671

We learned so much about longhorns during out short visit. One of the things that owners (and buyers) look for is how the horns curve. It’s usually personal preference but typically the wider the horn, the more valuable. Longhorn_0639

If I remember correctly, 90% of the growth of the horns takes place during the first 12 years of their lives.
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I really want to go through and caption each photo – what do you think they’re thinking?

Buffalo_0290 There were two buffalo on the property, Buffy (left) and Gironimo (right). These guys are in charge around here or at least Gironimo is. Basically, they keep the cattle in check, even the big ole bull! Buffalo can live to be over 30 years old. To give a little bit of perspective, Gironimo is only five years old and still has a ton of growing to do.  Buffalo_0663 Beautiful. I can only imagine what it would’ve been like to see hundreds of these together hundreds of years ago.
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“Don’t go!”

This was honestly the cherry on top of an incredible weekend. I hope you love these photos as much as I enjoyed taking them. They each look like they’re thinking something, maybe along the lines of “make sure you get my good side” or “If I let her take my photo, I bet she’ll give me a treat!”. Someday, hopefully we make our way about out there and ride a couple of the horses and get to be cowboys and cowgirls for a day. A girl can dream right?