Just wanted to mention that the art in the men’s bathroom at Ramen Tatsu-ya in North Austin is amazing. And the ramen is pretty good too. 😆🍜❤️
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.
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.
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!
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!
📸 At my favorite bookstore, Book People.
こんばんは。How’s it going?
My brother and sister-in-law were in town and one of the places they wanted to go was Ginny’s Little Longhorn Saloon to play chicken shit bingo. Mariko and I had never been there before so we were very interested in going and seeing what it was all about.
As you might have guessed from the name, it’s a game where a chicken is placed on a large bingo card, and the number he poops on determines the winning ticket. If you have one of the winning tickets, you get a share of the prize money. Surprisingly, my brother and sister won! We had no idea what the prize would be, but it turns out that it was a not insignificant amount of cash. What a score!
If you are in Austin, you should check out chicken shit bingo at Ginny’s Little Longhorn Saloon. It’s a real Texas experience, with live music and two-step dancing, and buckets of Lone Star Beer. Lots of fun!
I hope you had a nice day!
Tonight we went to see a Shonen Knife at Empire Control Room in Austin. It was so much fun! I’ve wanted to see them live for many many years, and missed my chance last year when they were in town. This year Shonen Knife came back to Austin as part of their Sweet Candy Power North American Tour 2019 and Mariko, me, and some good friends weren’t going to miss the show.
Shonen Knife were super cool and rocked the house. It was fantastic! And it was nice to see Atsuko play bass since she (and her sister Naoko) were founding members way back in 1981 (The band members have varied, with Naoko being the only constant through the years). Risa, the drummer, has been with the band for a few years now and is a super-genki drummer. She’s like pure energy behind the drumkit! It’s so cool that Shonen Knife is still going strong and having fun.
Off-stage, they were really friendly too. I was happy to be able to chat with them and take photos both before and after the show, and then super-stoked to have them sign the concert t-shirt.
What a fun night! 🎶🎸🥁🎤
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