October is a much better time to visit the Gulf Coast than June. It was much cooler and less humid. We had a great time visiting Matt & Megan (October 11-24). We also drove 3600 miles in a rental car through four states (Texas is one big place). Check out some of the extraordinary things we saw on this trip south - from the white sands of New Mexico to the banks of the Arkansas River.
Images: 2) a highlight of the trip was a much-anticipated (by Mike) visit to Vicksburg - a bonus was the exhibit of the U.S.S. Cairo, a Union ironclad recovered from the silt of the Mississippi (an AWESOME sight), 3) Mike acting very presidential at the William Clinton Museum & Library, 4) KR Enjoying Some BBQ in Longview, Texas, 5) Matt & Eli, the apple of his eye, 6) we attended the Texas Renaissance Fair near Houston - Brady, Natalie & family came down and spent the day with us, 7) I need to find this costume for Halloween, 8) Brady & Ava at his Austin office, 9) KR on the porch of the LBJ Boyhood Home in Johnson City, Texas, 10) what is the Ft. Stockton, Texas High School mascot? I wonder..., 11) the Chisos Mountains in Big Bend National Park, 12) the Rio Grande River in the Big Bend - Mexico on the left, U.S.A. on the right, 13) looking for the Marfa Lights in Marfa, Texas at dusk - still not sure what they look like, 14) KR posing at Ft. Davis National Historic Site in Ft. Davis, Texas, 15) White Sands, New Mexico, 16) I was posing for this picture and this alien baby rushed up and jumped into my arms at the last minute - weird, 17) Carlsbad Caverns, New Mexico, 18) we ran into a major storm near Dallas, 19) Hermana Aguilera & family in Dallas, and 20) Elder Penate & family in Houston.