Adventure with the Texas Morleys

Accounts of our experiences and adventures

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February 2020

February was a busy month for us.

We really enjoyed David staying with us on his short break between finishing his assignment in Birmingham, UK and moving to Chicago, IL for his next project.

David and all his bags on the way to Chicago, Houston, Texas, February 2020

We hope to visit David in Chicago before he moves on to Virginia Beach in May.

I was not able to do all the motorcycle rides that I had planned as we had the joy of looking after our granddaughter Evie after Charlotte was admitted to hospital in anticipation for the birth of the twins!

Evie showed me how to enjoy KBiK!

Evie on KBiK with Andy, Houston, Texas, February 2020

February 12th was a special day with the birth of the twins, Flynn and Georgina. Charlotte recovered quickly and we hope to welcome Flynn and Georgie home in March!

Evie’s reaction to seeing pictures of Flynn and Georgie, Houston, Texas, February 2020

RCMP Troop 11 40 year Reunion

In February we had a great time hosting the 40 year reunion for RCMP Troop 11 in Houston, TX. Kathy was able to meet up again with some of her RCMP Troop members from all over Canada. We stayed at hotel near Discovery Green in downtime Houston so we able to easily enjoy city attractions.

On Wednesday we took the Metrorail train down to the Museum District and enjoyed a special Exhibit of Norman Rockwell’s art work. After lunch at the MFAH we walked through the Cullen Sculpture Garden before taking the train back to the downtown area and the hotel.

Cloud Column at MFAH, RCMP Troop 11 40 year Reunion, Houston, Texas, February 2020

In the evening on Wednesday, we enjoyed the Manager’s Complimentary Reception at the hotel, after which we had dinner at Hearsay on the Green.

Hotel Manager’s Reception, RCMP Troop 11 40 year Reunion, Houston, Texas, February 2020
Dinner at Hearsay on the Green, RCMP Troop 11 40 year Reunion, Houston, Texas, February 2020

On Thursday, we went for lunch at Jackson St BBQ, a traditional Texas pit BBQ.

Lunch at Jackson St BBQ, RCMP Troop 11 40 year Reunion, Houston, Texas, February 2020
Lunch at Jackson St BBQ, RCMP Troop 11 40 year Reunion, Houston, Texas, February 2020

After lunch we walked down to Allen’s Landing and then along Buffalo Bayou to Sam Houston Park.

Walk along Buffalo Bayou, RCMP Troop 11 40 year Reunion, Houston, Texas, February 2020

In the evening we enjoyed the Manager’s Complimentary Reception at the hotel, after which we had dinner at Saint Arnold’s Brewery

Evening at Saint Arnold’s Brewery, RCMP Troop 11 40 year Reunion, Houston, Texas, February 2020

On Friday we drove south to League City to spend the whole day at Space Center Houston. We enjoyed the tour of NASA’s Johnson Space Center visiting the Houston Control Center, the Astronaut Training Center and Rocket Park.

On Friday evening we enjoyed traditional south Louisiana seafood dinner at the Ragin’ Cajun.

It was a very enjoyable reunion.

Prodigal Son

Our second son, David has spent the last three years working in Europe. Two years in Paris working at L’Oreal’s headquarters and then a year in Birmingham, England working for Jaguar-Land-Rover. We are very happy to welcome David back to Texas!

David arrives at IAH after three years in Europe
David arrives at IAH with his polo bike over his shoulder
Unloading the polo bike
Happy to be home!

Riding KBiK in the Hill Country

Last weekend I rode my 2015 BMW K1600GTS motorcycle (KBiK) out to the hill country to participate in the ST-Owners WinterSTOC III event in Medina, Texas. We stayed again in a very comfortable cabin at the Hill Country Resort and Event Center just north of Medina.

ST-Owners WinterSTOC III, Medina, Texas, January 2020

We enjoyed riding two of the Three Sisters; TX 336 and 337. We did not ride the third Sister, TX 335 because the low cloud and misty rain turned the road wet making the twisties a bit more treacherous.

ST-Owners WinterSTOC III, Medina, Texas, January 2020
ST-Owners WinterSTOC III, Medina, Texas, January 2020

The Three Sisters are probably the best roads in Texas for motorcycle riding.

ST-Owners WinterSTOC III, Medina, Texas, January 2020

It was an enjoyable weekend of riding and being with a few close friends.

I have enjoyed organizing and riding in the WinterSTOC event in 2019 and in 2018.

All my WinterSTOC III pictures are here!

Presa Canyon Rock Art

This weekend, Kathy and I returned to the Lower Pecos Region of Texas to visit Seminole Canyon State Park to see more pre-Indian shelter settlements and pictographs in Presa Canyon.

Black Cave Rock Art, Presa Canyon, Seminole Canyon State Park, Comstock, Texas, January 2020

We had a great day with our great guides, Lance and Susan. All of the other nine people who had booked cancelled, so we had the tour to ourselves. It was a full day of hiking, bouldering and bushwacking down Seminole Canyon, and then up Presa Canyon to the pre-Indian Rock Art sites. It started off cool and foggy but the sun burned through and we had a beautiful clear day.

The Rock Art was stunning, mystical but so full of meaning. Very well preserved in great detail in Black Cave, but more indistinct and blurred in some of the other sites more prone to erosion and spawling of the limestone.

All of our pictures are here

Black Cave Rock Art, Presa Canyon, Seminole Canyon State Park, Comstock, Texas, January 2020
Black Cave honeycomb bee hive, Presa Canyon, Seminole Canyon State Park, Comstock, Texas, January 2020

Previously, we have enjoyed seeing the rock art in Fate Bell Shelter in Seminole Canyon in 2011, and more recently in December 2019, visiting Bonfire Shelter and Eagle Cave.

We plan to return to see the White Shaman Shelter in March.

2020 Motorcycle Adventures!

I look forward to another enjoyable year riding “KBiK”, my 2015 BMW K1600 GTS motorcycle!

Riding the Dragon, US 129 in Tennessee, May 2019

In 2019, I rode over 22K miles throughout the USA and briefly in Canada.

My plans for 2020 starting to come together. For the first half of the year, I have planned about 10K miles of riding to the following events and locations:

  • ST-Owners WinterSTOC III, Medina TX
  • ST-Owners Big Bend Bash IV, Terlingua, TX
  • ST-Owners RanchSTOC IX, Meridian, TX
  • USA MotoGP races at Circuit of Americas, Austin, TX
  • Visit the Regency Suspension Bridge, San Saba, TX
  • Spring Ride to:
    • ST-Owners ArCampSTOC, Harrison, AR
    • ST-Owners Georgia Spring Rally, Suches, GA
    • BMW K1600 Tame the Dragon, Stecoah, NC
  • June Ride to:
    • ST-Owners LocSTOC & Barrel, Spring Green, WI
    • ST-Owners NatSTOC XV, Spearfish, SD
    • The great roads of the Eastern Rockies in Colorado
Planned motorcycle rides for 2020

I am still working on possible rides for the second half of 2020. I would like to go up to Canada again!

See all my motorcycle rides here!

Red Shouldered Hawk

A large adult Red Shouldered Hawk joined me during my walk along Horsepen Creek this morning. Also saw some Coopers Hawks but they were too far away for me to photograph clearly.

Red Shouldered Hawk on Horsepen Creek, Houston, Texas, January 2020

Early Morning Walk

Early Morning Walk along Horspen Creek in our neighbourhood. Cool water in the Bayou creates a low fog. We often see Owls, Red-Shouldered and Cooper Hawks on these walk.

Morning walk along Horsepen Creek, Houston, Texas, January 2020
Morning walk along Horsepen Creek, Houston, Texas, January 2020
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