A common balloon competition event is the “Hare and Hound” race.  The “hare” balloon takes off in advance of the “hound” balloons and flies at different altitudes to make it more challenging for the “hound” balloons to follow its path.  As an additional part of the challenge, the “hound” balloons drop a weighted marker on […]

Other than watching hundreds of balloons take to the New Mexico sky during the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta back in graduate school, I haven’t really experienced a balloon festival up close until this year’s Midwest Balloon Fest.  Since I was focused on shepherding my youngest and a friend through the trick or treating aspect of the […]

…and no trip to Aggieville is complete without saying hello to Oliver at The Dusty Bookshelf. Click on image to enlarge

As the Twinners‘ senior year continues to gallop along, the college visits continue.  While both have been accepted to Kansas State, I bet only one of them will end up attending school there next fall.  Meanwhile, no trip to the “Little Apple” is complete without at least a quick visit to Aggieville. Click on image to […]

Native to Australia and New Guinea, the kookaburra’s call sounds a lot like human laughter.  I was treated to quite a concert before this guy settled down and posed for this shot. Click on image to enlarge