Palo Duro Canyon, Rocky Mountain High, Indian Jewlery, Aliens and Dragon Flys

Within a long one day drive or an easy two day drive from the Texas Hill Country are interesting attractions worth your time to see.

Palo Duro Canyon

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Palo Duro Canyon

 

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Great hamburger at the Palo Duro Trading Post and nature views at the blind behind the Trading Post.

 

Estes Park, Colorado

 

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The Maxwell Inn, Estes Park is a great place to stay and is very convenient to shopping and restaurants as well as Rocky Mountain

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Rocky Mountain National Park

 

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Santa Fe New Mexico

Indian jewelry, great food, art, museums and the opera.

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La Fonda Hotel and Restaurant.

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Dining Room at the La Fonda. Photo from hotel website. The food and service were excellent a real highlight of the trip.

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The Art District in Santa Fe

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The UFO Museum Roswell, New Mexico

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Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge Roswell, New Mexico

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If You Weren’t In Kerrvile for the Utopia Animal Rescue Ranch Benefit Concert You Missed a Great Show

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The Utopia Animal Rescue Ranch (utopiarescue.com) benefit concert provided first class entertainment for more than four hours. Attendees listened to Chet O’Keefe and Jesse Dayton open for Billy Joe Shaver and Asleep at the Wheel. Kinky Friedman and Big G hosted the concert. Friedman’s good friend Ruth Buzzi attended and showed her support. In addition to the concert, there was a live auction of an autographed Willie Nelson guitar, a copy of Nelson’s book Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die autographed by Nelson and Friedman and a guitar autographed by more than thirty country and western artists. Friedman and Buzzi signed autographs for all who wanted them after the concert. This was a great time benefiting an extremely worthy cause. If you ever have the opportunity to attend a concert benefiting Utopia Animal Rescue Ranch don’t miss it.

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Billy Joe Shaver photo by Tony Simons

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Big G, Kinky Friedman and Chet O’Keefe photo by Tony Simons

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Memorabilia photo by Tony Simons

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Autographed guitar photo by Tony Simons

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Ruth Buzzi and Cousin Nancy photo by Tony Simons

 

 

 

What We Have Been Up To

Well we have been to Professional Bull Riding  in Fredericksburg, Texas; Little Gretel Restaurant in Boerne, Texas; Courthouses in Hillsboro and Meridian, Texas; Bandera, Texas, the Blue Bonnet Cafe, Marble Falls, Texas and Fort Concho in San Angelo, Texas during our travels.

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Utopia Animal Rescue

Utopia Animal Rescue

Utopia Animal Rescue, Medina, Texas   Kinky Friedman, Cousin Nancy (Nancy Parker-Simons) and Tony Simons founded Utopia Animal Rescue Ranch in ’98. Friends Willie Nelson, Billy Joe Shaver, Spike Gillespie, Richard Pryor, Jerry Jeff Walker, Molly Ivins, Dwight Yoakam support the ranch. We primarily rescue dogs. Nancy, author of “The Road to Utopia: How Kinky, Tony & I Saved More Animals Than Noah” by UT Press ’06 utopiarescue.com. © cousin nancy blog 2014 by Cousin Nancy All rights reserved.

About Us

 

We are Footloose and Kid Free in the Texas Hill Country.  We hope you will enjoy our travels and tips as we explore the Hill Country and other points in Texas. This blog is definitely designed for empty nesters and retirees who share an interest in exploring new places, enjoying new restaurants and finding interesting and fun places to shop. We currently are planning our first feature which will be a guide to thrift stores in the Hill Country, specifically those around Kerrville, Texas. We are also on the lookout for dog friendly locations.  Any suggestions are appreciated.