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  Palo Duro Canyon
Thursday July 29th, 2004

Mike, Whiskey, and I left the house about 3:00 and headed to Palo Duro Canyon. During the drive, I tried unsuccessfully to solve my rubics cube, and we listened to Ashlee Simpson’s new cd. It’s very good, by the way. Sounds a lot like “Celebrity Skin” by Hole. We got to the park by about 9:30 and checked in. We had spot #91 in the Mesquite Camping area. We were pretty tired, so we went to bed early that night.

Friday, July 30, 2004

We got up about 8:00 and Mike made sausage and egg burritos for breakfast. We walked Whiskey down the road leading to our camping area and got attacked by horse flies. We had forgotten about those. As soon as we got back to the RV, we put some serious deet on. ;-) Then, all 3 of us headed to the back of our camping area, and hiked up the side of the cliff there. We went up a good little ways and Mike and I found a big rock to sit down on, while Whiskey ran all around excitedly. We sat up there and looked around for a good while and then decided to head back so Whiskey could cool off. The way back down is always more difficult, and Mike picked a “faster” path, so I let him go ahead. I took the slower, safer way, and I hear Mike sort of sliding below. I see him falling and all I can hear is the sound of a rattlesnake! I looked down and saw about 10 rattles and Mike thankfully had fallen out of it’s way! Phew! We had been talking earlier about how we’d like to hike up the far side of the canyon (waaayyyyy up there), but after the reptile experience, we decided to stay on the regularly traveled paths! On the walk back, we met the man who was camping next to us in a Wildcat also. They were from Fort Worth. We went back inside to the nice air conditioning and rested a while. We made hotdogs with Hormel chili for lunch, and watched tv for a little while. I worked on John’s website. We decided to get in the truck and drive around the park a while. We drove through some of the other camping areas to see if we’d like to switch our place for the next time. We saw a little tent and someone had put a box air conditioner in its window. Pretty clever, we thought. So something Mike would do. We stopped by the little store in the park and I got my customary souvenir coffee mug and magnet. Mike and I got some iced tea too. We stopped by the outdoor theater where they do the Legacy show, and I took some pictures of the stage. Then we let Whiskey swim in the little creek crossing in the road. When we got back to the RV, Mike grilled some bass that he and Jason and Dave had caught at Cedar Creek the weekend before. It was yummy! While he was cooking, Whiskey and I headed back to the back of our campsite area, because I wanted to hike up that really big rock. I had seen some kids do it, so I figured we could. It was the neatest thing! There’s a trail that goes all the way up, so Whiskey pulled me up there and it was really windy up there!!! Tomorrow, I’ll make Mike go up there with us and we can take some pictures and video. After eating, Mike watched the Bassmaster Classic while I worked some more on John’s website. Finally, Mike and I drove the truck over to the parking lot near the bike trails, and we road for about 30 minutes. That was sort of a warm up for tomorrow. Lots of other people thought an evening (7:30 ish) ride was a good time for riding too. When we got back to the RV, we showered, and then Mike watched an awful, loud, war movie called “We Were Soldiers”. Whiskey and I couldn’t take the noise, so we walked all around our camping area. It was dark and it was really nice and cool outside! There was a full moon so it wasn’t hard to see around outside. Now, the movie is over and Mike, Whiskey, and I are going to go for another nice walk! I can’t believe how nice the weather is this trip!

Saturday, July 31, 2004

Mike made sausage and biscuits and we watched some really old basketball movie with the guy from “Welcome Back Cotter”. We walked Whiskey down the road leading to our campsite so he could poo and this time we didn’t get swarmed by any horseflies! Whiskey’s such a little shit. I have his food in that cool bag thing that KK bought us, and it’s up on the top bunk in the back of the RV. While we were all hanging out, I see Whiskey crawled into the bunk room and he went down and sniffed all around the bottom bunk. I see his little head peak out and then he puts his head up and sniffs his food in the top bunk. I swear, our doggie can smell food from a mile away. At 11:00, Mike and I parked in the Lighthouse Trail parking lot and rode our bikes to the big rock. There were a lot of other bikers and hikers out. When we got to the top, we found a big shady spot on one side of the Lighthouse rock and we sat there for about 30 minutes. Mike said it took us 1 hour from the time we left to the time we got there. The way there is pretty much all up hill. On our way back we went really fast and we returned back to the truck at 1:00. We went to the little store to get some tea and then we went back to the RV to relax. I took some pictures of our camping area and then lied down for a while with Whiskey up in our bed. He was so sweet because he had his head up on the pillow and his little back leg resting on my leg. He started barking in his sleep like he does. Mike tried to take a picture of him, but of course, he woke up and we missed the shot. ;-) We’re going to make some fish again and watch the 2nd day of the Bassmasters Classic from 4:30 to 6:00. I’m going to work some more on the website. It’s really hot outside today! We watched the Classic and about 8:10, we headed to the Legacy Show. Mike got us the last row far right seats, because we thought it would be the seats with the most breeze, and he was right. The show was really good again, and it was dark and breezy out. I think I liked the show better last year though, maybe since it was all new. My favorite part of the show is when the men ride by on the horses in the front of the canyon while they hold the different flags (first, the Mexican flag, then a bigger Texas flag, and finally the US flag). Very neat. We came back and took Whiskey for a quick walk around the campsite. Another beautiful full moon was out. Then we went to bed.

Sunday, August 1st, 2004

We got up and watched the last day of the Classic. We ate biscuits and sausage and some cinnamon rolls. I took Whiskey down his poo road, and next we’re going to go way up on the rocks that Whiskey and I went to on Friday. Then we’ll head back home. We had a blast up on the big rock. I took tons of pictures, but we made it a quick trip because it was really hot since it was earlier in the day. We took some video too. Whiskey made me a little nervous sometimes while he was off the leash. I was terrified that he might fall off the side of the big rock. We packed the RV up and headed home. I still never figured out my rubiks cube. I was so good at it when I was about 10… not anymore.

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October, 28 Halloween at Thomas's Preschool
October, 16 Cooper Annual Fall Party
February, 17 Bunco at Maxine's
February, 16 Mardi Gras at Seton Church
February, 2 Lucky Layla Dairy Farm wth Seton Mothers & Others
February, 1 Children's Museum
January, 19 Play Group at Karen's
January, 12 January Mothers & Others Meeting
January, 5 Play Group at Danielle's House
January, 1 New Year's at the Farm
October, 31 Halloween Party at the Behnkens
October, 17 Thomas Fishes his First Tournament
October, 16 Big Orange Pumpkin Farm
August, 18 Aunt Niomi, Uncle Arthur, and Grandma Mary Visit
August, 17 John Deere Up Close and Personal
July, 29 Disney World Videos
May, 24 Play date at Laura Bloomberg's House
April, 19 Mike's Bass Champs Tournament at Lewisville
March, 26 Movie of Thomas Swinging
March, 10 Baby Got Back
March, 8 Mike's Bass Champs Tourament at Tawakoni
March, 6 Thomas drives the RV
February, 9 Mike's Tournament at Cedar Creek
February, 8 Thomas in the RV at Cedar Creek
January, 27 Thomas grabbing his feet, rolling over, and talking
January, 15 Thomas in his cute jeans
November, 18 Thomas - Smiles, Ooohhs, and Ahhhhs
October, 31 Thomas - Our little Pea-in-a-Pod
October, 13 Thomas - Obzeet and the Bass Pro Shops
October, 7 Thomas - 27 Days Old
October, 5 Thomas - 24 Days Old
September, 10 The Day Before Thomas Arrived!
August, 7 KK and Daniel's Sturgis Pictures
August, 4 Baby Shower at the Sewell's House
July, 28 Richoux's Pool Party
July, 21 Baby Shower at Lana's House
December, 11 NY Day 3 - The Today Show
December, 11 NY Day 3 - Times Square
December, 10 NY Day 2 - Central Park, Tavern on the Green, Rockettes
December, 9 Penny and I in New York - Day 1
October, 27 Don't Take My Picture!!!!
October, 26 Mike's pictures of Laguna Beach!!!
September, 30 McArron After Party
September, 30 McArron Party
September, 11 Another day in Vegas
September, 9 KK and Daniel's Wedding in Vegas
August, 31 Maddy, Luke, and Lauren
August, 4 Palo Duro Canyon with Scott, Karen, Lucia, and John
July, 16 Katie and Matthew Richoux's Baptism and Brunch
July, 1 Wilcoxin's Party
May, 28 Margo Friloux's 1st Birthday Party
May, 18 Jessica and Bryson's Recital at the Will Rogers Center
April, 22 Katie's Soccer Game and Little Mathew
April, 22 Chris and Melissa's Party
April, 15 Out Watching Emerald City Play
March, 12 Katie Richoux's Birthday at Gym Kids
March, 3 BASS Federation Championship at Lake Amistad Day 3
March, 2 BASS Federation Championship at Lake Amistad Day 2
March, 1 BASS Federation Championship at Lake Amistad Day 1
February, 28 KK and Daniel's Pictures from Germany
February, 13 Daniel in Germany
February, 12 Shantay and Ty, Allison, Katie, and Little Matthew
February, 2 KK and Daniel's new house in Wylie
January, 11 My Visit to the England's in Marble Falls
January, 7 Lucia, Kim, and Lana out for Kim's Birthday
January, 4 Dallas Stars Win 3-1!
January, 1 New Years at the Farm
December, 30 Penny and the Simpson Family - Gaylord Hotel Ice Exhibit
December, 30 Katie Richoux is a Big Sister!!!
December, 27 Lauren and Luke Ledet
November, 19 Sulphur Trip: Kim and Aiden and the Ledets
November, 19 Marc and Mike fishing at Calcasieu River in Louisiana
October, 19 Drinks at Obzeet with Brooke, Taylor, and KK
October, 1 Texas State Fair with Penny, Maddy, and KK
September, 24 Katie's Soccer Game
September, 15 Mike's ACIG Trip to Minnesota
August, 27 Mike's BASS Federation Tournament on Bob Sandlin
August, 13 Southern Living Party at Shelly's
August, 13 Daniel Simonetta's Yellow Lab Puppy
August, 3 Little Daniel Kuznetsov
July, 19 Penny, Mrs. Thompson, and Maddy at the Mall
July, 9 John and Lucia's Martini Party
July, 3 Scott and Karen's 4th of July Party
June, 26 Bass Champs Championship - Tawakoni
June, 25 Bass Champs Team Tournament - Tawakoni - Weigh In
June, 25 Bass Champs Team Tournament - Tawakoni - Morning Take Off
June, 15 Trip to Missouri to Pick Up Mike's Nitro
June, 11 Katie Bug and her Star Wars Toys
June, 6 Christmas in June
May, 22 Liberty and Anna Playing at Lake of the Pines
May, 14 Mike's Bass Champs Tournament at Cedar Creek
May, 14 Doggies Swimming at Cedar Creek
April, 16 Allison Friloux's Baby Shower
April, 15 Karla, Maria, and Aunt Francis
April, 11 Dave, the Chef.
April, 8 Penny and Lana in Houston
April, 3 The Baby Bunnys in our Backyard
April, 2 Regina, Luke, and her Mom in Dallas
March, 26 Bryson and Jessica at Our House
March, 5 Katie Richoux's 4th Birthday Party
February, 19 Bass Champs Team Tournament - Cedar Creek
February, 12 Maddy and Penny in Dallas
February, 12 KK and Daniel visit Brent and Renee
February, 5 Scrapbook Weekend at Woodbine Cottage
January, 20 Happy Hour at Blue Mesa
January, 19 Invasion of Mike's friends at the 'Compound'
January, 16 Mike, Mark, and Dave working on Trolling Motors
January, 15 Bryson's 4th Birthday at Jumping Fun
December, 29 My visit with Allison and Susan
December, 25 Christmas in Sulphur
December, 24 Christmas Eve in Weatherford
November, 25 Thanksgiving with Bryson and Jessica
November, 13 Prefishing at Lake Belton
November, 11 Timeshare trip to Galveston - Fetch!
November, 10 Timeshare trip to Galveston - Flight Museum and the Strand
November, 6 Timeshare trip to Galveston - Penny and Maddy visited
October, 31 Halloween in Weatherford
October, 30 Halloween in Sulphur
October, 24 Tori in Sulphur
October, 21 Mike's B.A.S.S. Tournament in Morgan City
October, 2 Howard Jones at the Smirnoff Music Centre
September, 29 KK's Happy Hour
September, 21 Mike and Lana in Seattle
August, 13 Old Washington State Park in Arkansas
August, 6 Dad and Dee's visit to Dallas
August, 1 Dad and Dee's visit to Fairhope, Alabama
July, 26 Palo Duro Canyon
July, 2 Maddy in Fort Worth
June, 26 John and Lucia's Hook Up Party
May, 25 Tori in Sulphur
May, 25 Little Maddy Beth
April, 24 Madelyn Simpson - 9 months
April, 14 David Weber's 40th Birthday Party
April, 11 Disneyland Breakfast with the Characters - Day 4
April, 10 Legoland - Day 3
April, 9 Disneyland - Day 2
April, 8 California Adventures at Disneyland - Day 1
February, 9 Regina, Scott, and Lana in San Diego
January, 27 Whiskey and Lana in Austin
January, 25 Brad and Bryson's Birthdays
December, 27 Bryson and Jessica in Dora's backyard
December, 25 Christmas in Weatherford
December, 23 Squirrel hunting in Oakdale
December, 22 Madelyn and Luke at Regina's place
December, 21 Christmas in Sulphur
December, 18 Christmas pictures of Whiskey
December, 14 Mike and his Dad putting in our wood floor
December, 13 Katie Richoux at gymnastics class
December, 11 KK's Christmas/House Warming Party
December, 6 Whiskey and Tyra take their pictures with Santa
November, 28 Playing darts at Cafe Gecko
November, 27 Thanksgiving in Weatherford
November, 23 Jessica's 1st Birthday Party
November, 22 Brent and Renee came to Dallas
November, 6 Dora's birthday with the kids
October, 30 Katie Richoux was a cowgirl for Halloween
October, 18 Visiting Robert Dillard in Austin
October, 18 Walter Vestal's Surprise 50th Bday Party
October, 17 Sailing in Austin on Lake Travis
October, 11 Sam Rayburn - B.A.S.S. - Day 3 of Tournament
October, 10 Sam Rayburn - B.A.S.S. - Day 2 of Tournament
October, 9 Sam Rayburn - B.A.S.S. - Day 1 of Tournament
October, 5 Sam Rayburn - B.A.S.S. - Twin Dikes campsite - Barber Baby
October, 3 Luke and Maddy in Kema, Tx
October, 2 Sam Rayburn - B.A.S.S. - Campsite and Prefishing
September, 30 Luke and Madelyn in Beaumont
September, 26 The Gang out at Red River
September, 26 KayLynn's new condo!
September, 26 Katie and Allison at El Chicos
September, 19 Scrapbook Retreat at Woodbine Cottage
September, 9 Prefishing at Lake Ray Hubbard
August, 30 Labor Day in the cabin at Texoma
July, 29 Madelyn Simpson and Luke Ledet
July, 19 Cameron Kernan's 2nd Birthday
May, 31 Jessica's Christening
May, 22 KK's Patio Party
May, 17 Penny's Baby Shower
March, 1 Susan and Chris's Mardi Gras Party
March, 1 Katie Richoux's 2nd Birthday Party
January, 11 Maggie Weber (Dave's puppy)
December, 29 Mike and Lana in Reno, Nevada
August, 26 Regina's Bridal Shower
April, 29 Regina's Engagement Party
September, 25 Fishing at Brent and Renee's in Houston

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