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Kung Fu Panda, excellent movie. No major flaws, except the snow leopard and tiger were abstract to the point of being on the ugly side. Will definately purchase.

Credit card sent me a bunch of Amazon gift certificates. Bought an "animated" version of Lovecraft's "Dreamquest of Unknown Kadath," and Gymkata. Will watch both at the same time. Head explodes.

Lemon basils starting to grow. Very pretty. Lemon grass starting to die. Sad. Lemon balm is mostly sitting there. Made herbal viniger out of Dittany of Crete (a sort of hyper-oregano), chives, and savory. It's got quite a kick.

Whines and I are talking about a road-trip vacation at the end of July. It'll be a little expensive, but I've never done the road-trip vacation thang, and I'd like to do at least one of them in my life. We're going to Carlesbad Caverns, and whatever else happens to turn up. Not really a "cross-country drive," but ambitious for homebody me.

Nice to see Path again, he visited for a few days whilest working with the Democrat party.

I wish they'd re-named D&D4th ed. I like a lot of it, I do, the changes are in the balance useful, but it doesn't feel like the game I played in high school.

Pridefest this weekend coming up. Will be selling kilts. Will wear leather kilt. Will pass out, but hopefully someone interesting will catch me if I fall over.

Church life a little off-balance. Some grumbling, some pointless drama in pagan group. Reverend is trying to change service again. Busywork for the membership team, would like more males on membership team, not middle-aged church ladies so much.


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Jun. 9th, 2008 05:33 pm (UTC)
carlsbad is lovely, and is a (long) 1-day drive from austin.

try and go the long way through the guadalupe mountains, it's worth it!! (and bring lots of memory cards for both the mountains and the caverns).

i went to carlsbad this past summer, part of the visitor center (actually, most of it) is under construction, it might still be-- this affects the hours. also, spring for the whole tour (there's two versions, one where you take the elevator to the bottom and walk around then back in the lift, the other you tour the caverns to the bottom and take the lift out (also, there's bathrooms in the bottom-- yay!!). also spring for the interpretation sticks-- audio tour of the cave by number (it used to be headphones triggered by antennas under the pavement, the by number is much better). if you have time and there's a bat viewing (evening) go, it's beatiful (but stinky) and put's the congress bridge to shame. if you are feeling adventurous i think there are also "light spelunking" guided tours, but they fill up fast.

for staying, consider camping, but it will be hot; just north (i think, i was sleepy) of the cave is a KOA camp (means individual cabins with air conditioning, wifi, bed, power, a table, and a grill, for about $50/night)

the visitor center for the guadalupe mountains is also nice..

i don't know how many places you want to visit, or how much you like cultural sites (like rock carvings/paintings), but depending on your route i could point you, like paint rock that's between san angelo and abilene (the trip is worth it alone to interact w/ the 80+ yr old woman caretaker that grew up on the land!) alternatively, if you take I-10, halfway between austin and big bend you go past caverns of sonora, which is just absolutely gorgeous!!
Jun. 9th, 2008 05:36 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the tips! I was planning on going to every cave tour that was easily available. thanks for the tips on the interpretation sticks!

I'd like to avoid Sonora, though, I'm pretty sure the Wyrm lives there, from previous experience. But if there are caves there, maybe it's worth a detour.
Jun. 9th, 2008 06:22 pm (UTC)
the caverns of sonora are quite possibly the most gorgeous i've seen (and i've been to all the walk-through caves in texas, most in new mexico). it's not the biggest, but it is chock-a-block FULL of the really delicate formations.

besides, the easiest way to the caves is to go out via fredricksburg, which has that big rock, and antiques, and a naval museum.... oh, and the wildflower farm.

btw, i grew up taking 1-2 wk car-camping vacations, so feel free to shoot questions my way.
Jun. 9th, 2008 06:29 pm (UTC)
I think we're going to want to avoid any real camping. The KOA stuff with the air conditioning might work, the rates sound cheap, but we're taking Josef's little hybrid car, so space is going to be limited to clothes and essentials.
Jun. 9th, 2008 07:26 pm (UTC)
a small cooler for snacks and drinks is a must, also since you are going to caves and the mountains/desert, a light jacket (like a windbreaker) is really essential for night.
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Jun. 10th, 2008 12:15 am (UTC)
Such a strange request :) But there's no accounting for taste...

2005: Spotty again11/2/03: April and Spotty, Celtfest

and this one that a friend took--though I guess any picture of me was taken by someone else--
Jun. 10th, 2008 01:47 am (UTC)
Wow.. Nightwatch cammo.. can't find that anymore.
Jun. 10th, 2008 02:04 pm (UTC)
I really wanted the autumn forest orange camo. It was teh awesome and teh tacky. And teh waste of $135. I think you can actually still get it, just not directly from their website.
Jun. 10th, 2008 05:13 pm (UTC)
I just... really... like kilts.
don't judge me.

anyway, I really enjoyed flipping through your photos. Looks like your group of friends has a lot of good fun. It makes me miss my Florida friends.

I didn't know you were in TX. Or actually now that I think about it, yes I did. I just forgot. Nevermind.
Jun. 10th, 2008 05:36 pm (UTC)
I'm a furry, if I judged anyone people would start laughing at me :)
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