Category Archives: Central Texas


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A few years back I almost got a job at the Waco Tribune-Herald.  I went to Waco for an interview and Rod Aydelotte, the photo chief, showed me around and told me Waco is the smallest big city you’ll ever see.

That’s so true.  Waco has a major university, multiple museums, a zoo, historic buildings, a sprawling park that lines the Brazos River, among other attractions, all inside of a 95 square mile town.

Waco is also home to a handful of B&Bs.  I found the Spencer House, which is a bed & breakfast owned and operated by Dan and Viviann Capps.

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Sometimes the weather just doesn’t cooperate.

Austin is an outdoors city.  There are so many hike and bike trails, kayaking, boating, swimming, fishing; pretty much any outdoors activity you can think of is represented in the Austin area.  But what do you do when it’s raining?

There was a 90 percent chance of rain in the forecast when I set out to answer that question.

First I stopped by the Bob Bullock State History Museum.  This is a fabulous museum that chronicles the full history of Texas.  It also has an IMAX theater and a beautiful terrazzo floor depicting a campfire scene in the entry way.


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Pedernales Falls State Park is fairly close to home for me, but the short drive doesn’t make it any less spectacular.

The main attraction at the park is, of course, Pedernales Falls.  It’s a massive area in the Pedernales River that’s packed with giant boulders, pools and rushing water, and it’s all accessible to the public.

I’ll tell you more about that in a minute.  First, if you’ve been following this blog, you’ve probably thought, “I wonder how Ashley sets up camp.”  Well you’re in luck!  I have the Readers’ Digest version right here…

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(This was my first 24-hour get-away trip.  Originally posted here on June 21, 2013.)

I love you guys, but sometimes a girl just needs a break.

Since Feb. 1, 2013, I’ve shot 8 UIL state championship tournaments, Texas Relays, SXSW, 2 weddings, the Texas Water Safari, 10 business profiles, and over 100 editorial assignments.   I’ve been to New Mexico, Chicago, Dallas (multiple times) and various locations all over Texas.  I’m not even going to try to estimate the number of times I’ve clicked the shutter in the past 140 days.

Saying I’ve been busy is a bit of an understatement.  So when summer finally came and I had a few empty days on the calendar, you can understand why I might want to escape.

On Tuesday I packed up and drove to Enchanted Rock State Natural Area all by myself. Read more