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It’s A Honky Tonk Thang – My First Solo Open Mic

On a Friday night in Kerrville, Texas, I was at my momma’s house getting ready to go to the honky tonk, just as I have hundreds of other times. Going through my normal “going to the tonk” process, I pulled on my blue jeans and cowboy boots and made my hair bigger than usual, extra hair spray. I was looking forward to hearing some live music by south Texas local musicians. Except there was one major difference this Friday night—this time, I was one of the musicians performing, at my first solo open mic.

Texas honky tonk? On a packed Friday night? Performing in front of country music loving two-steppers, by myself? Holy frackin’ shit.

Enchanted Rock granite dome

There Are Hiking Trails in Texas, Too – Enchanted Rock State Natural Area

I lived in Texas for almost 20 years before I moved to Colorado. In all that time, I never hiked. I was too busy riding horses and dancing the two-step in Texas dance halls (more about that in an upcoming blog). Hiking didn’t become my thing until I moved to Colorado. In fall 2017, I chose Enchanted Rock State Natural Area (SNA) as my first Texas hike. This is a jaw-dropping, knock-your-socks off hike in the heart of the Texas Hill Country. It’s now on my list of favorite parks!

Platte River in Bailey, Colorado

Heading Home and Post-Hike Thoughts – Colorado Trail Day 5

July 5, 2017 – When morning came, I made a mental note to never turn up my nose at a night on a camp cot. I’d slept great. I took one look at my swollen ankle and thought Yep, I’m bailing out and heading home to Denver.