Last weekend, Nadia, Amy, our friend Neal and I all headed up to the real Texas ranch that Amy’s family owns. It’s about 90 minutes outside of Houston, and it’s one of the most “country Texas” places I’ve been so far.
The ranch is a spacious 44 acres with two ponds, pasture, a barn, and a house. The family has cows on the land (something that is apparently very typical for Texas ranches), and our adventure on the morning we left was to find the cows back in the pasture and feed them treats. We took some pictures of our cow-venture that I thought I’d share. Enjoy!
There were a few calves in the herd - young enough to be drinking mother’s milk but still three times the size of me.
Cows running when they hear us shaking the bucketful of treats!
Below is the lone bull in the herd. A cow-owner will have mostly female cows, with bulls that arrive one at a time and are rotated between lots of farms.
“I don’t have anymore!”
I just realized that all the pictures I chose to put up were us feeding the same cow… I think her name is Pickles, and she was clearly in the mood for treats
Crazy cow tongue pictures…
I will put other (non cow-related) pictures from the trip in the next blog post!
When the announcement was first made that fall term was going to be online, I started talking to friends and looking for places to live. We were debating locations around the country: California, Florida, New York, etc.. there were plenty of options. Then it suddenly hit me, what is stopping us from going to Hawaii, covid numbers were better and a two week quarentine would ensure that numbers stayed down… I proposed this to my friend and we agreed it would be an amazing experience, but we didn’t want to get out hopes up. A month or so later we still haven’t decided where to live, Hawaii seemed too far and too difficult to plan. But we couldn’t get the idea out of our heads. We spent some time looking into plane tickets, places to stay, etc… and it actually didn’t seem so impossible after all. A couple weeks later and we were arriving here on the big island!
I visited Amsterdam for a brief two and a half days during my vacation. There were a few landmarks and neighborhoods I wanted to checkout, but did not plan the visit in detail. As such, when it came down to destinations with ticketed entries, I had to skip most of them, since they did not have day-of tickets left for sale. Fortunately, I was able to walk around most of the city and it was generally a good time.