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Hiking at Mary Moore Searight Park

January 22, 2012

Slaughter Creek at Mary Moore Searight Park My spontaneous, planned-to-be-quick trip to Mary Moore Searight Park for hiking today turned into a 1:15 hour, almost 3 mile hike. Thank goodness for the GPS app on my iPhone, or it would have been longer.

I discovered some nice trails along Slaughter Creek. The water is low, and at one point, I crossed the creek. After crossing, I think I was on private land because there was barbed wire. I was expecting someone to show up with a shotgun and call me a tresspasser, but the worst that happened is some little dogs at an apartment complex perched on a cliff barked at me.

There were horse shoe tracks on the trail, and I saw a couple of mountain bikers. People were walking their dogs and pushing strollers, too.

My only complaint is that the trails aren't marked, and it's very easy to get turned around. You can see on the map of my route below where I crossed the creek and walked one way and then the other only to go back the way I came. And even then, I found myself on a different route around the perimeter of the park. I looked at GPS several times to find my way.

The exercise was beneficial and something I still don't do regularly. I've lost 35 pounds since I started following the Primal Blueprint and hiking out in the sun is a perfect fit for that lifestyle.

Hiking Route at Mary Moore Searight Park

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Live Oak Cemetery

December 11, 2011

I used to drive to San Marcos 1-2 times a month for pizza and coffee. On the way there, I would pass a turn off to Live Oak Cemetery. I always had an idea to turn off and see it... next time. I don't go to San Marcos as often now because I don't eat pizza, so today I decided to make a trip to Live Oak Cemetery for the sake of seeing Live Oak Cemetery.

It was peaceful, as cemeteries are. One grave caught my attention -- a little girl who was born May 1977 and died Oct. 1980. Just 3.5 years old. Her picture was on the gravestone and there were a small Christmas tree and two angels on the ground above it. I wonder who put it there 31 years later.

Christmas Gravestone

Sometimes I visit my parents' graves in Houston. I don't know how to act when I go, really. First, it takes me a while to find their plots, and I almost always give up but then always make myself keep looking. I find them, and I stand over them, and I look at them. Sometimes I move some grass or dirt off of their headstones, mainly because I saw my aunt do that once. I think if there was a bench, I would sit for a while. There's usually a bench in the movies. But to sit on the grass would mean sitting on someone else's grave and that doesn't seem right to me. But I like this ritual better than the alternative of not going at all.

Something I watched today

Pearl Jam Twenty - Great documentary by Cameron Crowe, especially if you love Pearl Jam the way I love Pearl Jam.

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