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On the road to NOLA

This weekend, I have a half-marathon in New Orleans. It is the first Rock ‘n’ Roll race of the year and my first half marathon in 2 years. This was supposed to be a 4-day race-cation for the both of us but it turned into a mad dash down to the coast of Alabama and …

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Christmas Afloat 2015

This year marked the return of Christmas Afloat in Tuscaloosa. This is a boat parade down the Black Warrior River. Teams decorate boats and participate in a river parade. This annual event came to a screeching halt in 2011 after the April tornadoes destroyed the marina, thereby destroying most of the boats that participated each …

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Ice Skating in Alabama

A couple of years ago, Tuscaloosa decided that we needed an ice skating rink. And that was a great idea. Last year, I think it down by our River Market farmer’s market area. This year, they moved it to the floor of the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater and that was a good move. I teach an after-school …

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Rainy running before breakfast

Lately, I’ll take anything but the heat and humidity. Fall rain is pretty close to perfection. I took these on the Riverwalk path in Tuscaloosa. After a gorgeous 4 miles, I ran some errands and came home to make this. Our local grocery store sells pork steaks. These are boneless cross sections of a Boston …

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So long, Rocky Top

I’ve told this story more than a few times.. 10 years ago, we left the state of Tennessee after living there for 10 years. 10 long years. As Alabama fans, living in TN during their NC Championship and Payton Manning years was an exercise in humility and misery. But 8 years ago, we gained us …

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Saturday in the South

Big big huge gigantic game is about to be played on the plains of Athens, GA. Alabama hasn’t been that impressive lately. The sports talk is all about the dynasty being over. Alabama is done. Saban is done and going to leave Tuscaloosa. The list goes on. We won the last 2 times we met …

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GAMEDAY is in Tuscaloosa!

It usually happens at least once a season, but this year, ESPN Gameday is in Tuscaloosa early. They came out for the “rematch” of Ole Miss and Alabama. I got up early and headed to the Quad to see what was shaking this morning. So much truth in this sign. Gary and Verne….no thanks. I …

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It’s FOOTBALL!!!!

Before I get to football, let me tell you about my morning. I didn’t sleep well last night and certainly didn’t have much planned for today. I felt horrible and the only thing I needed to do was drive into town and get my medicine. It wasn’t available late Friday after I went to the …

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A very awesome Saturday

I have survived the first 2 full weeks of school and I fully expected to sleep in this morning. But 6:00 am came around and I was wide awake and did not want to waste a single minute trying to go back to sleep. I had my running shoes ready and my lists for shopping …

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Maroon Bells, Aspen Colorado 2015

Our few days camping at Maroon Bells (Silver Queen Campground) in Aspen were amazing! A lot of hiking, fishing, dawn sunrises and late afternoon sunsets. Oh, and BEARS! Campfire beverages. I’m obsessed with blueberry lemonade.   Afternoon downtown tourist thing. We searched forever for ice cream. The best BBQ I had during the whole trip. …

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Breckenridge Colorado 2015

After catching up on some sleep, and a big country breakfast, we took a drive over Hoosier Pass to scout out some 14ers for snow cover. This year, Colorado had a very late snow season and the peaks and hiking paths are still showing the results. These are from Alma around Kite Lake..which is frozen. …

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Estes Park

Our first stop in Estes Park was a quick lunch at the Big Horn Grill. This is a no-nonsense place with plain good food. Nothing fancy, but fast service and food like home. I got the philly steak (no bread) and ate the whole thing. We had been driving half the day and we knew …

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