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Scattered, Smothered, and Covered

Posted by Mick on February 14, 2010 – 8:46 pm

I’m very tired.  It’s been an active weekend.

Valentine’s Day is also Tara’s birthday, so I tend to let her pick everything we’re going to do.  Yesterday she chose a trip to Mount Bonnell.  I was cool with that because we had Torchy’s Tacos first.  We followed it with coffee and dessert at Mozarts on Lake Austin.  Today, we drove to Bastrop State Park and took a lengthy hike.  The details of this can be seen at Tara’s blog, because she takes lots of pictures.  We ended our day abroad with a delicious Valentine’s Day meal at Waffle House.

You would not believe how busy Waffle House was on Valentine’s Day.  I actually felt a little sorry for the staff.  Our waitress was still awesome, the food was delicious (who doesn’t love WH hash browns?  Scattered, Smothered, and Covered, baby!).  I might have over-tipped just a bit.  You work food service for years, you tend to over-tip.

WaterfallI did take a picture.  This waterfall does not, as far as I can tell, have a name.  It was significant enough that they built a special trail to it, and put it on the map.  We had every intention of seeing the waterfall, but missed the trail to go see it.  We didn’t realize this until we had gone roughly half a mile too far.  I insisted we go back, much to Tara’s chagrin, I think.  I felt a need to see this waterfall.  I didn’t know why, until today I was unaware of it’s existence, but I needed to see it.  I’ve tried ignoring these things before, and it bothers me for the rest of the day.  Today, I didn’t ignore it.  We walked all the way back, found the mini-trail, and soon we could hear the water.  Falling.

We could also hear cars.  Lots of cars.  This waterfall is a stones throw from Highway 71.   Standing there, looking at the waterfall and seeing the cars drive by, I thought.  You may have noticed, I like to think.  I wondered, how many people drive by this spot every day, completely oblivious to the this natural wonder.

Natural wonder?  Maybe I’m exaggerating a bit, but it was a really cool waterfall.  I like nature, I refuse to apologize for that.  My point is that we’re often so busy trying to get where we think we’re going that we miss what’s around us.  Don’t be that busy.  Go down a side street every once in awhile.  Take a walk through a greenbelt.  Look around you.

And of course, be good to each other.

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