Quick visits, day trips, excursions, and weekends away. Anything under a day or two, that you wouldn’t count as a genuine vacation.

Journal: Four days hiking the Big Piney Trail, Paddy Creek Wilderness, December 2023

Journal: Four days hiking the Big Piney Trail, Paddy Creek Wilderness, December 2023. I spent four days on a hike of the 16-mile loop of the Big Piney Trail in Paddy Creek Wilderness. This is a follow-up to my trip back in May. Trip write-up: Ten-minute read, +38

Trip: Destination — The Texas Gulf Coast

Trip: Destination — The Texas Gulf Coast. We are back on the road on the second of our shakedown trips in advance of some more serious travel next year. We are headed back to Texas. Beaumont, Texas to be precise, where we plan to work for five days, and then spend some time on a Texas Gulf Coast beach before returning home. Trip write-up: Eight-minute read, +30

Norfork Lookout Point. Overlooking the North Fork River, Arkansas

Norfork Lookout Point. Overlooking the North Fork River, Arkansas.

Norfork Lookout Point. Overlooking the North Fork River, Arkansas

Norfork Lookout Point. Overlooking the North Fork River, Arkansas

Norfork Lookout Point. Overlooking the North Fork River, Arkansas

Norfork Lookout Point. Overlooking the North Fork River, Arkansas.

Norfork Dam, Arkansas

Norfork Dam, Arkansas. Dam number two in our Double Dam Day. It is not a very photogenic dam, and rather uninspiring. To its credit there is a campground downstream, which seems to be popular with the fishing fraternity. +1

White River at Allison, Arkansas

White River at Allison, Arkansas.

Bridge over Sylamore Creek, Allison, Arkansas

Bridge over Sylamore Creek, Allison, Arkansas.

Greers Ferry Dam on the Little Red River, Arkansas, and a change of plan

Greers Ferry Dam on the Little Red River, Arkansas, and a change of plan.

Sunset, Pine Bluff, Arkansas

Sunset, Pine Bluff, Arkansas — Ginger insisted that we stop to watch the sunset. I’m glad we did. It was a good one! Note: the cloud lines were straight, but this extreme wide-angle (180+°) view makes them curved.

Sunset at Sea Rim State Park, Texas

Sunset at Sea Rim State Park, Texas — When it got dark, we found out why we had the beach to ourselves — hordes of ferocious mosquitoes.

Sunset at Sea Rim State Park, Texas

Sunset at Sea Rim State Park, Texas — When it got dark, we found out why we had the beach to ourselves — hordes of ferocious mosquitoes.

Sun, sand, and sea

Sun, sand, and sea — Beach Camping at Sea Rim State Park, Texas.

Ginger soaking up the sun on the Gulf of Mexico

Ginger soaking up the sun on the Gulf of Mexico — Beach Camping at Sea Rim State Park, Texas. +1

Sea Rim State Park, Texas

Sea Rim State Park, Texas.

Near Gaither Mountain Overlook, Arkansas

Near Gaither Mountain Overlook, Arkansas — The first major scenic overlook of our trip, and well worth the stop. Video: 24 Seconds

Trip: Annular Eclipse — Odessa Texas

Trip: Annular Eclipse — Odessa Texas. The plan is simple. We have set aside three days to drive to Odessa, Texas, which is in the middle of the Annular Eclipse track, where the weather is set to be clear and cold. We’ll watch the eclipse and then spend two or three days driving home. Trip write-up: Five-minute read, +16

Annular Eclipse Timelapse

Annular Eclipse Timelapse — A series of hand-held photographs of the Annular Eclipse taken by Ginger on her cell phone using a pair of eclipse glasses held in front of the lens.

Faux Stonehenge, Odessa, Texas

Faux Stonehenge Odessa, Texas. We stopped here while scoping out potential places to watch the annual eclipse. We decided this might be too twee and too popular. The eclipse photographers were already gathering. +2

Nowhere — State Highway 206, New Mexico

Nowhere – State Highway 206, New Mexico — Day Three. We stopped to grab a quick video of the impressive nothingness here for the folks back home. Within ten minutes a couple of guys (from the buildings you can see in the distance behind the water tank) turned up to check on us. It is not as deserted as it might appear! Video: 30 seconds

The northern edge of the Llano Estacado in New Mexico

The northern edge of the Llano Estacado in New Mexico. On state Highway 469. Annular Eclipse Trip Day Two.

The northern edge of the Llano Estacado in New Mexico

The northern edge of the Llano Estacado in New Mexico. On state Highway 469.

Scenic stop

Scenic stop — If we’d checked the map, we would have discovered an amphitheater nearby. On state Highway 469.

The northern edge of the Llano Estacado in New Mexico

The northern edge of the Llano Estacado in New Mexico. On state Highway 469.

Canadian River, south of Logan, New Mexico.

Canadian River, south of Logan, New Mexico.