more letterboxing

I couldn't just sit at home.

After the funeral, the guys took Garett golfing. I decided to grab the Bednarz Cousins and introduce them to our newest addiction, Letterboxing. We had a great afternoon.

We started out in Lubbock at the Windmill Center and quickly attemepted several easy letterboxes. With 2 under our belts, we were thinking we were the BEST letterboxers EVER! So, we attempted another one out at Lubbock Lake Landmark. We walked the trails for almost 2 hours folks, and at one point honestly thought, will we ever get out of this place! But the determination of finding the letterbox kept us hiking in the heat. And despite not finding the prize, the journey was worth it for the memories alone.

We had a BLAST! A BEDNARZ BLAST! LOL


Stamp from the Windmill Center.

The BEDNARZ BLAST feeling all confident after the first find.



Next stop... BUDDY HOLLY Walk of Fame.

Marking the log book.

Cute hand made stamp of glasses with a B and an H. Ahh...my favorite camera store! LOL


You have to play air guitar in front of a statue like this, right?



Out at the Wildlife Trials, most of the wildflowers were dead and brown, but you could still find a few. It was a great trail despite that, but me and Emily (my sis-in-law) couldn't help but think about the "what if someone lit a match" theory. Talk about a WILDFIRE! In the photos below you can see all the brown, dried out thistle!





Okay, remember...we are on a WILDLIFE TRAIL. LOL And guess what first part of the life we saw?


Yep...a SNAKE! We almost thought of turning back, but really didn't want to give up the hunt. But seeing that snake really did keep us more aware of our path and surroundings.



The photograph above was made about 1/2 way through our hike. Jack is NOT enjoying the experience as much as some of the gang. Can't blame the foul mood really. His tennis shoes were in his Dad's ride at the golf course, so ever so often he'd get a sticker or thistle stuck in his toe. Poor fellow. I won't even mention the "thigh in rayon shorts" issue.



America's NEXT TOP MODEL! Eat your heart out, Tyra Banks!

Me and Summer Zoe.

Me and Kalyn Marie.

Since Eli's death, I've made it my mission to be in more photographs with my children.



Despite the dried out brush, it was still a very beautiful hike.


Summer, Kalyn and Brooke. Notice Jack in the background, not even wanting to enjoy this moment.

Me and my sil, Emily. Looking pretty good for some old babes, huh? Um...old SWEATY babes. LOL

more wildlife.



Okay, this was so funny! At this point, 2 hours into our hike and seeing the end, we were desperately spooked by snakes, lizards, quail coveys, etc. So, when Emily accidentally kicked some weeds into the back of Brooke's leg, she screamed. VERY LOUDLY! And everyone took off running and screaming at what they didn't know was a very dangerous dead weed. Me? I was completely blinded by Brooke and the blue folder which she flung into my face when she took off. I did mange to photograph them when the realized it was nothing to be scared of. Such a great moment!