Onward and southbound

There are few things as refreshing as a week filled with family and friends and holiday fun.


I’m feeling recharged and excited about our next adventure as we head southbound today for a few weeks in Texas hill country.


Wine, live music, good food and relaxation are at the top of our list. And since we’re coming back to Oklahoma for Christmas and our 10th anniversary is Friday (holy cow!), we decided to splurge a little. We ditched the camper for a few weeks to stay at an inn in Fredericksburg and an AirBnB in Austin.

We’re already off to a good start with some beautiful fall weather and a detour at Turner Falls in Oklahoma on our way to the Texas border. The 77-foot falls is lighter this time of year allowing a better view of the colorful orange and peach rock that supports the multiple streams that plunge into an emerald pool below.


And there’s a castle, right there in the middle of Davis, Oklahoma. It’s a funky, dilapidated stone complex with beautiful staircases and medieval architecture. Plus, it’s currently surrounded by the remnants of spectacular fall foliage. We’re already planning a trip back with the RV so we can spend a few days hiking.



Oklahoma may not have the Rocky Mountains that I love so much but there are some incredible spots in this state and I don’t spend enough time in them when I’m home.

Over the weekend, I squeezed in two portrait sessions for some old friends in downtown Guthrie. What a cool town. This is exactly the kind of town James and I love to explore – historic buildings, amazing architecture, cute shops and local food — but because we’re always so busy when we come home we rarely get to enjoy Oklahoma. That’s going to change.


As we head to Texas today, I’m looking forward to a break from tiny home living for a few weeks, some warmer temperatures and an anniversary celebration.



The holiday season is always my favorite time of year and it seems this year won’t be any different.

Any recommendations you want to share for Texas hill country? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.




  • Without a doubt find some good tunes in Austin! If you can catch Eric Tessmer play some blues I highly recommend. Easy Tiger has some tasty food on 6th street in Austin and perhaps a stroll down Rainy Street which I think you two would enjoy. I’ve heard nothing but wonderful things about San Antonio and I do believe Garrison Brother’s Distillery is somewhere in that ther’ Hill Country. HAVE FUN!

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