I haven't done anything big recently, but I have made a couple of weekend trips. The last week in September, I was "foreman-on-duty," which meant I was on-call 24 hours a day for a week, and wound up working 12 days straight. As a result, I got a couple of "comp days" - days off I could take off when I wanted.
I used one on October 8th, taking a three day weekend to camp at Big Bend National Park. I left straight after work on Thursday, and got my tent set up just as the sun was setting. I spent all of Friday just reading, taking a break in a campground where there was absolutely no wireless reception. At first I kept twitching to check my twitter and RSS feeds, but by the end of the day, I was really enjoying the isolation.
Saturday I put in a long hike to Emory Peak, the highest point in the region. It was a 10 mile hike round trip, with a lot of up and down, but I saw some wild life along the way. I took it pretty easy the next day, but it felt really good to get out in some mountains again.
The next weekend (October 15th, 16th and 17th) my parents flew down from Seattle to visit me in Midland. During one weekend, we did pretty much everything possible to do in Midland: visited the Petroleum Museum, took them on a tour of the office and field where I work, checked out the Commemorative Air Force Museum, and introduced Mom to the iPad. And that was Friday.
Saturday we drove out to Carlsbad Caverns. We didn't get any good pictures of the actual caverns this time around, but here's a link to photos from my previous trip to the Caverns.
It was really great to see Mom and Dad again. Dad's goatee came as a real surprise, though!
As usual, there are a few more photos on my Picasa page.
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