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Day 80

Posted by Benjamin Stahl on March 19, 2016 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (0)

 

After a good night of sleep we got up and made some coffee and had breakfast. We then played outside with the two oldest boys while Dave and Alicia prepared for their family trip to Disney World. Eventually it was time for them to head to the airport and for us to venture over to stay with Sarah and Paul. We said our goodbyes and thanked Dave and Alicia for such amazing and generous hospitality. We then drove over to the temporary apartment that Paul, Sarah, and their kids are st...

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Day 79

Posted by Benjamin Stahl on March 18, 2016 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Our morning ritual was quite similar to the day before; coffee, breakfast, and then out to do stuff in Nashville. Our acitivity for the day was the Country Music Hall of Fame. On the way we stopped for gas, and I must say I was outraged at the price.Dar washing the windshield did help a little though. We had a great time at the Hall of Fame. Though it was a little spendy, the exhibits were cool and it was awesome to see so many parts of m...

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Day 78

Posted by Benjamin Stahl on March 17, 2016 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (0)

We woke up well rested and happy. We made use of the coffee maker in our kitchen before heading upstairs to grab some breakfast from the main kitchen. We enjoyed seeing David, Alicia, and two of their sons while there. Then we went into town, with our first stop being at the only full size replica of the Parthenon in the world. It is part of a beautiful city park in Nashville, and pretty amazing to behold in person.

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Day 77

Posted by Benjamin Stahl on March 16, 2016 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (0)

After waking up, we packed and left the apartment. We grabbed a quick bite to eat at IHOP, and then went to the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel (where MLK was assasinated). If we'd had another day in Memphis, we would have gone back because the museum was so well done and we didn't have enough time to see it all. I would highly recommend it to anyone visitng the area, as it is a powerful and eye-opening place.

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Day 76

Posted by Benjamin Stahl on March 15, 2016 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Both Erin and her roommate were up and out of the house at ungodly hours due to their jobs. Once Dar and I got up we made some breakfast and enjoyed the view from their porch.Then we left to go for a little hike that Erin had recommended. We parked by a lake in a state park north of town and then caught the trailhead from there.On the trail, we enjoyed seeing the dense trees and lushn...

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Day 75

Posted by Benjamin Stahl on March 14, 2016 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (0)

We woke up and checked out of the hotel quickly in the morning. Our first stop was back to the river where we had gone before to do another walk. One of the sites to see along the river is an old Navy submarine that was in service during WWII. Unfortunately, it wasn't open for tours at the time of our visit, but it was still quite cool to see.After our walk, we hit the road en route to Memphis. The drive was pretty mellow and before long ...

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Day 74

Posted by Benjamin Stahl on March 13, 2016 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (0)

After waking up in the hotel, we ate some breakfast and then checked out. The rain had let up for a little while so we decided to go for a walk along the river. It was nice to walk along and see the downtown area of Little Rock on the other side as well.Afterwards, we went and got a few groceries and some coffee and then made our way to another hotel. Shortly after checking in, the we...

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Day 73

Posted by Benjamin Stahl on March 12, 2016 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (0)

We woke up and packed up pretty quickly so we could hit the road and then start our hike out to Whitaker Point. The ride to the trailhead was beautiful, and took us on some dirt roads through the country.Eventually we reached the trailhead. After packing up some snacks we embarked on the trail.

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Day 72

Posted by Benjamin Stahl on March 11, 2016 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (0)

After waking up, we made some food in our hotel room and then checked out. The day was mostly spent traveling to get us into position to visit Whitaker Point the following day. The torrential rains of the last few days made the drive slow going, but rewarding with views of immense green and rain fueled waterfalls.Our only real des...

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Day 71

Posted by Benjamin Stahl on March 10, 2016 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (0)

We woke up with the rain still coming down heavy. With such a cheap rate for clean, comfortable accomodation, we couldn't resist staying for another day. It was a nice lazy day, lounged away while the rain continued to pour the whole time. Pajama day, 'nuf said.

Day 70

Posted by Benjamin Stahl on March 9, 2016 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (0)

I woke up early in the hotel to go grab a bit of their crappy continental breakfast and then we slept a bit more before checking out. We then drove to the Crater of Diamonds State Park. For those that don't know, it was one of the only places in the world where someone can go to a known place to look for and keep diamonds that they find. On average 2 diamonds are found everyday by visitors to the park.Despite the rain, that grew increasin...

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Day 69

Posted by Benjamin Stahl on March 8, 2016 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (0)

We slept in quite a bit in the campsite, and then got out and made some breakfast and coffee. We took our time, and just enjoyed the outdoors. Eventually we rolled out of camp, heading for the town to check things out. We found ourselves driving up a steep and winding road towards a tower at the top of the hill.As we rode up, a few drops of rain started to the fall. Still, the scenery...

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Day 68

Posted by Benjamin Stahl on March 7, 2016 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (0)

After making some breakfast at the truck stop we got back on the road and made our way through Louisiana on the way towards Arkansas. Before leaving the state we stopped at a cool place with a walkway out onto a lake.

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Day 67

Posted by Benjamin Stahl on March 6, 2016 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (0)

After waking up, we got most of our stuff together and then took one last walk around the neighborhood, stopping at one of the nearby coffee shops for some java and a bite to eat. By the time we got eveything together and hit the road it was after 2. Though we'd miss our comfy place to stay in NO with Jazz, it was nice to back on the open road.Our original goal for the day was to make it up into Mississippi and just find somewhere to camp...

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Days 62 - 66: New Orleans

Posted by Benjamin Stahl on March 5, 2016 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (0)

As soon as we woke up we walked into the Louisiana Welcome Center, drawn by signs indicating that free coffee was inside. When we walked in we were greated warmly by the attendants and shown where the coffee was. While we drank our coffee we walked around and checked out the exhibits they had about the Louisiana plant and animal life. Outdoors, there were metal sculptures of the various animals found in Louisiana.

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Day 61

Posted by Benjamin Stahl on February 28, 2016 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (0)

After waking up in the rest stop, we made some coffee and hit the road. The ride through Eastern Texas treated us with beautiful weather.After putting in some miles we pulled off the interstate and went into a county park to cook some lunch. It was a beautiful place to take a break and have a meal.After eating we packed up and got...

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Day 60

Posted by Benjamin Stahl on February 27, 2016 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (0)

We woke up just in time to pack up and check out of our hotel. After having breakfast tacos at the recruitment event, I knew that Dar had to try the awesomeness that they are so we went out to try a place called Torchy's Tacos. Unfortunately the line was out the door, so we walked a block down the street and found a nice little hole-in-the wall place for breakfast tacos. They were delicious none-the-less, and we walked out full and happy. Next we stopped at a coffee truck on the way back to t...

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Days 58 & 59: UT Austin Open House

Posted by Benjamin Stahl on February 26, 2016 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (0)

I woke up early for my first official day at the open house for the Astronomy department at UT Austin. My grad student host picked me up and we went to campus for a breakfast with the department. Our meal was breakfast tacos, apparently an Austin classic. They were delicious, and we listened to the department chair speak while we ate. Afterwards I was off to meetings with faculty members, where I got to learn more about their research. The whole group reconvened for a pizza lunch, and then sp...

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Day 57

Posted by Benjamin Stahl on February 24, 2016 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (0)

We woke up a bit earlier than usual and grabbed some of the crappy continental breakfast at the hotel before checking out. Our first stop of the day was to meet with a realtor in Austin; given that we may be moving to Austin, we wanted to see what sort of homes might be available at a reasonable price. The realtor was very relaxed and knowledgeable, and showed us three different homes to give us a feel of what different amounts of money can get in Austin right now. I loved checking out the ho...

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Day 56

Posted by Benjamin Stahl on February 23, 2016 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (0)

After another great night of sleep we got up and made some coffee. We drank our coffee out on the deck with David and Shelia; I must say that I could get used to having my morning coffee with a view like they have.We proceeded to enjoy another day with David and Shelia; she again made us a ton of delicious food and we enjoyed hearing stories from both of them. Eventually it was time f...

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