Over the years I have slowly transitioned from lightweight backpacking to car/van camping.  It was hard for me to do this. I use to be a die hard primitive backpacker; loved hiking miles to the camping zone carrying everything I needed and getting away from people.  Ever since I injured […]

The Vagabond


After living at our new grotto for a year, Amanda and I are ready to start building our vegetable garden bed.  This one is a little ambitious as it will be a permanent structure and raised up to a little over 2 feet.  I even learned to used SketchUp to […]

The Next Garden Bed




When contemplating how to attach your bird feeders, birdhouses and/or wind chimes do not attach them with nails, screws or anything that will penetrate the outer bark.  Texas A&M Forest Service has a great explanation on why one shouldn’t: Penetrating the outer bark can damage the cambium, the area just […]

Don’t Harm That Tree



To help ease our camping experience, and help our trips immensely, we decided to organize the campsite ‘kitchen’. For this we started looking at purchasing or building a chuck/grub box to store all of our camp kitchen supplies. This would save time routing around looking for utensils and places to prepare the meals. Using […]

Our First Official Chuck Box


Mission Tejas State Park is a 363.5-acre park in Houston County, 22 miles northeast of Crockett. The park contains several historic sites in the park along with a commemorative replica of the first Spanish mission in Texas and one of the oldest surviving structures in Houston County.  Nice short trails crisscross the park, along […]

Mission Tejas State Park



Shortly after spring break our family decided it was time to move.  We had a short time to find a house and settle in before the new school year started.  I am glad to say we have found our new home and have lived it for the past couple of […]

A Short Hiatus


Camping is one of our family’s favorite activities, but it requires some preparation. Camping with two kids and three dogs requires the ability to plan a camping trip. As with anything planning ahead will make your life easier. Book your reservations well in advance of your trip, plan your menu for the […]

Learning From Our Mistakes