We decided to take an accelerated road trip to Austin over Memorial Day weekend in order to take one of our cars over. As you know, Roy and I adore road tripping simply because you never know what sights you see along the way. We are also very good road buddies he drives, and I make sure hes driving us the right way. (With GPS these days, my job is very easy, so I also entertain him.) To be fair, this was something like a 20-hour drive, so I did my share of driving as well.

Heres how the scenary changed. We started with wind turbines in Palm Springs

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Then we started getting into a bit of desert. Saguaro, ho!

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For a road trip, we made very few stops. We didnt stop in Phoenix, or Tucson, although we had a brief tapas dinner in El Paso (a city that looked just as shitty as the first time we visited).

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We spent the night somewhere in west Texas, which is apparently a wonderful stargazing and galaxy-spotting area frequented by amateur astronomers. Unfortunately it was cloudy that night.

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By 5am the second morning we were on our way again, and reached our home in Austin by noon.

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Ahhtruck stops. We enjoy them because its pretty amusing what you can find in there. The truck stop souvenirs tend to reflect the surrounding culture of each region but in hilarious and somewhat unexpected ways. For example, check out these cobra mugs, which have a little surprise in them.

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Anyway, all was well back at home. We bought a grill, some ceiling fans, and a washer and dryer. It was the state Energy Star tax weekend, so we were eager to take advantage of that. We also went swimming and simply enjoyed vacationing in our own home.

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We cant wait to be back for good!