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It wet. :(

Friday is business casual/jeans day at work. I haven’t had a haircut in a little over a month, so it’s now time to break out the “Pete Campbell” - i.e., I put tons of product in my hair and do a Mad Men 60’s style comb over.

I was having a pretty great hair/outfit day, and then there was a TORRENTIAL DOWNPOUR. So, I decided, “Sure! Let’s take some mirror selfies while I’m soaking wet!”

I call photo #2 “The Maguire.”

And photo #3 is NOT - contrary to what thehappyfangirl says - a serious “OKCupid” selfie. I got cowboy boots for my birthday a couple of months back and figured y’all might want to see them!

Filed under photo post Ivan takes a selfie personal post PS - I'll try smiling next time

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So, on Sunday I went on a hike in a place called Palo Duro Canyon. It’s actually the second largest canyon in North America behind only the Grand Canyon. (Also, just to give you some idea of how ENORMOUS the Grand Canyon is, Palo Duro is about 800 feet deep at its deepest point. The Grand Canyon? 6,000 feet deep. It’s like a damn inverted mountain.)

This is my first foray into hiking and I really enjoyed myself. The hike was just under 6 miles round trip. At the end of the trail, you come to this really impressive rock formation called The Lighthouse, which you see in the 4th photo. (The 6th picture is the same formation with some nerd standing in front of it). Y’all, it was SO PRETTY. I mean, pretty in an arid, desolate, you-better-have-enough-water-or-you’re-gonna-die kind of way.

I hope that this will be the first of many adventures. I’m going to start doing more hiking and maybe eventually some camping and backpacking. I live within a few hours drive of some truly amazing places and I had SUCH a good time.

Also, a brief cautionary note: if you go hiking in the middle of summer - IN A CANYON - please please please make sure you bring enough water. I can’t stress this enough. Don’t just go wandering out onto a trail thinking you’re going to have an enjoyable stroll. I bought a Camelbak this weekend and it holds 70 ounces of water and it was absolutely worth the money. No water bottle around and I could drink hands free whenever I needed. If you don’t keep yourself hydrated, you’re going to have a bad time. So, bring lots of water, stop and drink regularly, and bring a snack!

Hopefully, more adventures will be in the offing!

Filed under photo post Ivan Goes on an Adventure personal post Palo Duro Canyon hiking The Great Outdoors

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blueberrygingerhead:

amateur-shipbuilder:

Y’all children out there who follow blueberrygingerhead, y’all need to know that y’all should NOT emulate her bad driving behavior, elsewise the laws’ll be after y’all.

You said y’all four times. ARE YOU FROM THE SOUTH?????????????

That depends on whether you consider Texas part of the South. Myself? I do not consider Texas part of the South. 

To my mind, Texas is a Whole ‘Nother Country.

Filed under blueberrygingerhead Ivan's Tumblr friends text post Texas: It's a Whole 'Nother Country My father would be very disappointed if he saw me type nother It's WHOLE OTHER Ivan JEEZ DAD I'M SORRY This conversation has actually taken place more than once in my life