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McKinney Falls!

Last weekend when we were in Austin I got to see Mckinney Falls!

I had looked it up before, but never thought of going because I thought it was too far away, but our friends were like “No it’s RIGHT HERE!” and it took us less then ten minutes to get there.

This photo is of the upper falls. It was so gorgeous. I have to make time to go back on an early weekday when there are smaller crowds so that I can get a wider photo or maybe even to swim.

McKinney Falls:

Oak Alley Plantation!

This is the Oak Alley Plantation in Louisiana. We visited it last year on our way back from New Orleans.

It was gorgeous to see, but one of the first times I’ve ever visited a historical site and saw slave quarters. What was interesting though is that a slave who lived their in the mid 1860’s was big into plant grafting and breeding. He invented a type of pecan tree called a “papershell.”

The crazy thing is that we have a papershell tree in our back yard at our house in Texas! So our tree in some shape or form can trace it’s origin back to the plantation. Very wierd.

New Orleans French Quarter!

Last year in February, Lisa and I visited New Orleans. She had spent almost two years living in Baton Rouge and she had been wanting to show me New Orleans since it’s only a four and a half hour drive from where we live in Texas.


I have no idea what flower this is. Lisa probably knows. We have a big garden with a mix of wild flowers, fruit trees, vegetables, and plants specifically meant for attracting butterflies and humming birds.

The plants started blooming in early February and will continue to do so till the end of June. By June it gets too hot for most of the flowers, but they all usually rebound and we have a second blooming season in September.