The Texas-North Carolina-Texas Trip

I apologize I haven’t had time to edit many photos from this trip I’m (still) on.

Here’s a little bit about what I’ve been doing …

•  Last Wednesday was a 4:00 a.m. – 11:30 p.m (California to Texas) kind of day.  My son, PR, moved into his dorm.

•  On Thursday, after breakfast with PR,  I spent close to six hours shooting in 106F+ weather.  I finally stopped when I felt like I might pass out.  Yes, I was drinking water.

•  Thursday night I got incredibly sick.  I’m pretty sure it was from dehydration and/or the heat?  It’s not something I want to repeat – ever.

•  On Friday, I flew to North Carolina.  I made a point of drinking gallons of water on Friday.  I was able to spend time with my oldest son, RC.  He’s now a grown-up working man.

•  I’m so proud of my kids!

•  On Saturday, I spent the entire day in North Carolina.  RC played tour guide.  We had a great day together.  I ate a biscuit!  We visited a local brewery!  We saw all sorts of cool stuff including artsy things.  North Carolina is looking SO pretty – all the crepe myrtles are blooming.  Crepe myrtles are everywhere in North Carolina.  I’ve never seen so many!

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•   In addition to being very pretty, North Carolina is also very humid/hot this time of year.

•  Apparently, I’m not super heat tolerant?  I suppose you get used to “real” heat if you live in it.  I’m a Southern California weather-spoiled wimp!

•  North Carolina has very pretty clouds.  I took lots of photos of clouds!

•  On Saturday night, RC and I went out to a fancy restaurant and drank too much wine.  Then we walked, and walked, and walked – stopping here and there to listen to live music.

•  On Sunday morning RC took me to the airport and I flew back to Texas.

•  I might have been crying in the North Carolina airport after saying good-bye to RC.  The good-byes never get easier.  I embarrass myself sometimes.  I am such a mom.

•  If you’re a parent who is lucky enough to have all your kids within driving distance – you’re a very lucky parent.

•  On Sunday afternoon I reconnected with PR in Texas.  He was very tired from a busy few days of orientation-type activities.  Guess what?  It is *still* hot in Texas!

•  On Sunday night I took PR out to dinner.  Then we decided to “drive around Texas” to get familiar with it.

•  I might have made arrangements for PR to ride Sir, the Texas Longhorn I made friends with a few days ago.

•  I’d share a photo, but if I did – PR might kill me.

•  PR said he can’t believe “how big the sky is” in Texas.  I took a lot of photos of amazing Texas clouds.  (Or are they Texan clouds?) Then it occurred to me maybe *every* place, except California, has lots of clouds?  I’ve been mesmerized by clouds this entire trip.

•  There was THUNDER one night when I was in Texas.  I realize this isn’t unusual for Texans, but it was very exciting for me!

•  TODAY  –  I’m spending a good chunk of the day with PR in Texas.  Probably in an air-conditioned building, if at all possible.

•  TONIGHT – I say good-bye to PR and fly back to California.  I imagine I’ll be crying at the airport (again).

•  I really, really, REALLY hate saying good-bye to my kids.

•  I will, however, be glad to get back to “California-style” heat.

•  My arm is bad.

•  By bad, I mean – bad, bad, bad!

•  I can’t say I *want* to get back to PT, but I can say I really *need* to get back to PT.  (I fly in tonight and see Paul Newman tomorrow morning.)

10 Responses to “The Texas-North Carolina-Texas Trip”

  1. Jan's Sushai Bar

    It sounds like you might have been suffering from a minor case of heat stroke – spending 6 hours in 106+ degree heat when you’re not used to it can do that to you.

    You know, when I moved to Ohio, it took me awhile to get used to how small the sky was.

    Go home and see Paul Newman, m’kay? Sending healing, pain-free thoughts your way.

    • Suzanne

      I’m sure carrying tons of gear with me didn’t help matters.
      Lesson learned … the hard way, of course.
      : )

      I’m pretty sure Paul Newman really misses me. He just doesn’t know it ….

  2. WebSavvyMom

    –>We have lots of crepe myrtles in Virginia Beach as they’re known for their blooms lasting 100 days. If people cut them back to the trunk we call it crepe murder.

    I keep telling my six year old he can live with us forever so I don’t have to say good-bye.


    • Suzanne

      I love crepe myrtles!
      I have one in my backyard, but it is a pretty young tree.
      It was so beautiful to see streets lined with crepe myrtle after crepe myrtle!
      : )

      • Karen in S.E. Texas

        I have, I think, six crepe myrtles in my front yard. They range from about 5′ tall to 15′ tall. I love them too and the bloom on and off for 3-5 months around here.

  3. Ben

    Yes, I’ve spent time in other states and they always have great clouds. I miss those when I pull out my camera in California. A photo without the cloud just feels so plain. 🙁

  4. Karen in S.E. Texas

    Six hours in the Texas heat?!? Jan is right, you most likely had heat stroke.

    Girl don’tcha know it’s HAWT down here in Texas. Be careful when you visit, even with lots of water you can still get heat stroke.

    It’s nice to hear that you were able to have a great time with your boys. I have one boy who graduated from college recently and is living at home.

    Texas is great for photographers, we have every kind of landscape: desert, hills, plains, beaches, swamps, forests etc.

    Hope PT has your arm feeling better soon.

  5. Suzanne

    Yep, clearly I don’t know what I’m doing when I go to Texas.
    I definitely learned a lesson.

    Texas IS good for photographers.
    I look forward to shooting there more.
    (Hopefully in a little cooler weather!)

    • Karen in S.E. Texas

      Well July and August are the hottest months here. I grew up here and the heat never bothered me before. Now that I’m getting older and with my medical issues, the heat is my enemy.


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