Well, Amy and I are officially on our 2011 Adventure Trip. We left from Houston around 12:30, almost a full hour later than anticipated.
It sort of set the standard really, this first day hasn't exactly gone according to plan. That's the thing though, there really is no plan. We were going to stay the night in Fredericksburg, but then decided that it's a little hot there for camping out, AND the faster we get to New Mexico, the sooner our trip REALLY starts.
Somewhere along the way, we learned that the GPS is not completely reliable. Actually, I think the first time we got lost, it was our fault. We were talking or singing nursery rhymes or something and passed a turn. Instead of going West, we were headed due north for about 60 miles before we realized we were going the wrong direction. Never a dull moment. Once we corrected our course and got down the road a bit, Amy started talking about visiting an uncle of her's that she hadn't seen in twenty years or so. He's a really good horse trainer, and I've always heard about him, but had never met him so I was down. Also, this was the zig to our previous zag. We were NOT making a lot of headway... We called her uncle and he gave us his address which we punched into the GPS. The GPS didn't find the EXACT address, but something that looked good enough to me. They live in the country outside of San Saba. The GPS sent us about 30 miles in the opposite direction of their home before we realized we had been duped. I'm in a love/hate relationship with the GPS at this point. Anyway, we finally made it to their house where he showed us around to the horses and stables, which were beautiful by the way. He's a real "horse whisperer" sort of trainer. Very gentle. He walked us into the pen with the horses and told us about how he trains. He explained that it's a trust relationship, and that these horses didn't bite, or kick, or act crazy. It was pretty cool when four of the horses came to check us out. They sniffed and nuzzled at us, and acted like they wanted us to pet and love on them. Very cool, like a bunch of Boxers really (best dog on the planet). We stayed there for about two hours, before we said goodbye. It's already dark and we still have over 400 miles to drive. We've decided to push all the way to Carlsbad, New Mexico before stopping tonight. Tomorrow, we'll see the caverns there, then move on to Roswell, White Sands, and Sorocco. It'll be a fun day, just gotta get this big drive out of the way.
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