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Independence Day 2014

Celebrated Independence Day by participating in the Balcones Woods Parade, followed by a barbecue and photo session. What a beautiful country we live in. God Bless.  Here are a few pics of the day’s festivities and family interactions. 

The twins with their Papa

The twins with their Papa

Thank you Old Navy for the shirts and (clearance) hats

Thank you Old Navy for the shirts and (clearance) hats

Well you know, pirates probably settled America way before the pilgrims. Heres to you, ARRRRHHH

Well you know, pirates probably settled America way before the pilgrims. Heres to you, ARRRRHHH

Patriotism 

Patriotism 

I never get any photos with the twins, thanks honey for taking the reigns 

I never get any photos with the twins, thanks honey for taking the reigns 

Love Bug won best float two years in  row. Must be those patriotic pirates. 

Love Bug won best float two years in  row. Must be those patriotic pirates. 

Ed and Leah representing 

Ed and Leah representing 

Leah and Mommy, with coffee in hand

Leah and Mommy, with coffee in hand

Luke saying hello to his great grandparents 

Luke saying hello to his great grandparents 

Luke with Marmee

Luke with Marmee

I think this is Luke

I think this is Luke

Wait, Maverick?

Wait, Maverick?

The Scenic Colorado

Had the opportunity to go canoeing down the Colorado River a couple weeks ago. Russell and I had planned on camping at  Pedernales State Park for a quick, outside the city limit excursion. Luckily we settled for a twenty mile float on the Colorado River, between  Little Webberville Park and the 969 bridge. Special thanks to Allen Pannell for the route suggestions.

I highly recommend water-proofing all of your gear. I was able to pick up these handy Leaktite Lids that can be screwed onto any 5 gallon bucket, perfect for keeping any food, clothing, or cameras dry.

I highly recommend water-proofing all of your gear. I was able to pick up these handy Leaktite Lids that can be screwed onto any 5 gallon bucket, perfect for keeping any food, clothing, or cameras dry.

 Yes, it flows downstream 

 Yes, it flows downstream 

We were forecasted for torrential rains both days…..come on this is Texas

We were forecasted for torrential rains both days…..come on this is Texas

However, the wind did make it difficult paddling 

However, the wind did make it difficult paddling 

1st Campsite was a large sandbar. This was a great place to stop because we had an abundance of driftwood for the fire. Ended up catching a couple fish from the bank, and  I also found and ate some wild blackberries here.

1st Campsite was a large sandbar. This was a great place to stop because we had an abundance of driftwood for the fire. Ended up catching a couple fish from the bank, and  I also found and ate some wild blackberries here.

Open water

Open water

After a couple hours of paddling we had to pull over for lunch 

After a couple hours of paddling we had to pull over for lunch 

High banks and threatening rain

High banks and threatening rain

Pulled over for another photo op

Pulled over for another photo op

Serenity

Serenity

Golden Hour

Golden Hour

Fishing at our last campsite 

Fishing at our last campsite 

Don’t be fooled, I’m awkwardly posing for a photo

Don’t be fooled, I’m awkwardly posing for a photo

2nd Campsite. We didn't find quite as much wood as the first site, but made do with a few larger logs. The fishing was great here. We later determined that this campsite was only a mile from the bridge. 

2nd Campsite. We didn't find quite as much wood as the first site, but made do with a few larger logs. The fishing was great here. We later determined that this campsite was only a mile from the bridge. 

Golden Sunset  #1

Golden Sunset  #1

Golden Sunset  #2

Golden Sunset  #2

We spent two nights and three days on the river and covered roughly twenty miles. I highly suggest this route because it’s not overly taxing and can be easily finished in three days maybe even two if you’re booking it. The canoe was rented from Austin Kayak  here in San Antonio, for $30 a day (new $650). We were blessed with perfect weather in that no sun screen was applied however; the head wind was a killer due to the threatening storms. Cook’s Canoes at Little Webberville is a great reference site for GPS coordinates of sandbars and put-ins, they will even transport you too and from your vehicle for a nominal fee however, there canoe rental fees are more expensive though. I might try kayaking next time but it was nice to be able to carry a 70qt ice chest along with fishing tackle and other gear.  

Cowboy Up

I ran across an "Old West" reenactment on a drive through Bandera Texas. Here are a few portraits I was able gather at the tail end of their skit. I think I may have found a new project to photograph. More to come.

Talk about character, this guy had it all. He totally reminded me of Bill "the Butcher" Cutting played by Daniel Day-Lewis in the movie Gangs of New York.

Talk about character, this guy had it all. He totally reminded me of Bill "the Butcher" Cutting played by Daniel Day-Lewis in the movie Gangs of New York.

DRAW!!  Had to get the family in there. Forest wasn't so sure.

DRAW!!  Had to get the family in there. Forest wasn't so sure.