Food and Art

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“Interior Art” Cedar Park, 2020

Mariko and I went to the soft-opening of a friend’s new East Side King restaurant (nearby our house, yay!), and the interior art was done by another friend, Peelander Yellow. Lots of creativity in the taste and visual senses. Fun!

Rare Fog

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“Superfog” Austin, 2020

Driving home this evening was an eerie experience… we rarely get fog in Austin so I enjoyed it quite a bit!

Hiking Indiangrass Trail at Doeskin Ranch

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“Indiangrass Trail” Marble Falls, 2020

Today I loaded up my backpack with 30 pounds (14 KG) of gear and went for another hike at Doeskin Ranch. This time, I added the one section of trail that I missed last time: Indiangrass Trail.

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“Cairn” Marble Falls, 2020

The 1.5-mile trail splits off from the Shinoak section and heads down into a nice little valley and even through a little forest tunnel. It was really cool! In fact, I’d say that Indiangrass trail is my favorite section of the Doeskin Ranch trails.

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“Cactus” Marble Falls, 2020

I mentioned that I had a heavily-loaded pack, and that is I will be carrying this amount of weight on our Big Bend trip. The only things I didn’t put in the pack were my external battery and cables, and extra underwear/socks/base layers.

When I first got on the trail, my hip started hurting a bit and I was thinking that maybe I should turn around and not stress it. After all, I did run 4 miles the day before. But I continued on a bit, and adjusted my shoulder straps to take more of the weight off of my hips. This was the trick, and my hip pain went away and I would go on to complete the hike without any discomfort. I felt great!

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“Trail Light” Marble Falls, 2020

So now I know that 30+ pounds of gear on my back is do-able, and so my confidence is high. Knowing that we won’t be rushed during our Big Bend hike is good too – we can take plenty of rest breaks. As long as the weather is nice, we should have an excellent trip!

Out With the Old, in With the New

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“Old Mug” Cedar Park, 2019

I bought a new coffee mug, which meant I need to retire an old one. I’ve had the Starbucks Osaka mug for about 20 years but it’s time to let it go. I’m a little sad, but the color is fading and I’ve actually never been too fond of the design.

My new coffee mug, though, has a design that I absolutely love! It’s a stainless steel/enamel mug and has a nice lid, so it will keep my coffee warm longer. Unfortunately it cannot be put in the microwave. But I think it’s great. Definitely sparks joy. 😊

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“New Mug” Cedar Park, 2019

I hope you had a nice day!

またね~

New Book to Read

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“New Reading Material” Cedar Park, 2019

Just started reading. So far I am enjoying it!