Lubbock’s West Texas Running Club is hosting their 32nd annual club race on Saturday, October 12th. Race time starts at 7:30 pm. There’s no race day registration this year to be sure to sign up online before October 9th! There will be a 5k and 10k run around the Texas Tech University campus. Also, volunteers are needed! So contact Tammy if you are interested. Have fun guys!
Mike and I managed to squeeze in a tour of the Four Corners Brewing Co. in Dallas, TX with a craft beer organization a friend of ours is a member of. The beer was delightful and the property was fun and eclectic.
Four Corners Brewing Co. is located just south of Downtown Dallas and really try to embrace the soul and flavor of the neighborhood. They can be found vending at public events throughout the year as well as in select stores in the metroplex area.
The brewery has a small menu of craft beer, but don’t judge upon quantity because what they do have it fabulous. Here’s what you have to look forward to:
- Local Buzz: Honey-Rye Golden Ale
- Red’s Roja: American Red-Ale
- Block Party: Robust Porter
- La Bajada: Brown Ale
- Paletero: Pale Ale
- El Chingon: IPA — seasonal and limited time only –
- Super Bee: Dry Hopped Golden Ale — in training so stay tuned –
I would give you my favorite, but it’s hard to choose. They’re all fantastic brews in their own right.
During our road trip up to Flagstaff we stopped by a couple different wineries in the Cottonwood and Cornville area not far from Sedona. Visiting wineries is one of my favorite things to do while traveling. It’s truly a great way to find what the land and climate uniquely has to offer. Page Springs Winery was our first stop. The sereness of the property completely caught me by surprise. Everything was lush and green with weeping willows and moving streams. Page Springs, who recently recieved outstanding marks from Wine Spectator, is most popular for their Rhone style wines. Page Springs does grow the majority of their own grapes from their vineyards across the state. I tried their Arizona Flight alongside their very generous Bistro Platter.
Next came Stronghold, located in downtown Cottonwood. The ambiance of this cellar was completely different from Page Springs with their eclectic art and decor. My husband and I both tried the Red Flight at this winery and came out loving every single vintage we tasted. It was a hard choice deciding which label to purchase for ourselves.
As soon as we arrived to Flagstaff we immediately checked into our bed and breakfast, The England House. The England House, given it’s name by it’s original owners back in the early 1900′s, is a beautiful restoration with outstanding amenities. The owners remembered everything from tooth brush holders to convenient push lights by keyholes. Their attention to detail, accommodating and humorous personalities made our stay one of the best lodging experiences I’ve had.
The Grand Canyon proved to be a true world wonder. The owners of the England House were kind enough to lead us towards a “secret” view point and the experience was completely worth it. Hiking out onto a cliff point you can see the Grand Canyon 75 degrees around you. It was amazing.
Back in Phoenix we made a point of visiting Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West Scottsdale home. Apart from the 110 degree heat the estate was inspiring. All the windows of the property were evidently not installed until the 1950′s, so when the estate was built in the 1930′s the majority of the home was completely open to the desert air. It housed Wright’s family in the winter months and was and still is the venue for Frank Lloyd Wright’s School of Architecture.
Some of our favorites stops through the first week of our trip are the following.
- The England House
- Page Springs
- Burning Tree
- Verde Valley Olive Oil Traders
- Karma Sushi Bar Grill
- Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West
- Dillies Deli
I also want to give a special thanks to Printing Specialists in Tempe, Arizona. I had endless graphic design orders for Beallara come through during the extent of my vacation and the Printing Specialists made printing easy. They have a fantastic array of products and capabilities and I will definitely be using them again in the future.
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So why spend a beautiful, sunshiny day in the depths of a county courthouse basement? There is a poem called The Chosen that explains it, written by Della M. Cummings Wright.
We are the chosen. In each family there is one who seems called to find the ancestors. To put flesh on their bones and make them live again, to tell the family story and to feel that somehow they know and approve. Doing genealogy is not a cold gathering of fats but, instead, breathing life into all who have gone before. We are the story tellers of the tribe.
For the full poem read my next blog post entitled The Chosen
For the last few months I have been delving into my husband Mike’s family history, particularly his father’s line. With deep American roots it has not been surprising to find that his ancestors were in fact some of the first settlers in this country, were involved in the Salem Witch Trials, were major landholders in the American South and inevitably drained of wealth by the Civil War and then the Great Depression.
This past weekend I paid a visit to Coryell County to gain insight into Mike’s most recent family history in Turnersville, Texas. Turnersville, first named Buchanan Springs, is on Farm Road 182 twelve miles northeast of Gatesville in the northeastern portion of Coryell County. It is said that both the Chisholm and Bosque trails used to go through the Turnersville area. These trails led travelers, settlers, and cattle drivers to a plentiful water supply, abundant with buffalo, deer, turkey, horses, and longhorn cattle. As a result of all those camping in the area a town was eventually developed and was named after Cal Turner, a blacksmith who settled there to shoe horses and repair wagons. Turner’s blacksmith shop was the first business in town. By 1875 the first post office opened under Joseph M. Black, who later donated five acres of land for a cemetery. In 1885 Turnersville had a population of 300, served by a school, three churches, a gristmill, a cotton gin, and some eight other businesses. In fact, Mike’s great-great grandfather, Henry Newton Davis, was a director of Turnersville’s first bank. Turnersville prospered from 1895 to around 1916, largely because of the local cotton economy. In 1916 it had 162 residents, several churches of different denominations and some ten businesses, including a newspaper called the Advance. Unfortunately, the Turnersville population steadily declined during the later 1900s. In 1968 the school was closed and the post office was closed in 1987. (The Handbook of Texas Online, Texas State Historical Association)
I spent the entire afternoon researching deed records in Gatesville’s County Courthouse attempting to locate Mike’s family’s acreage from back in the day. One thing I learned from my research is that dividing an estate among seven children involved a lengthy legal process and left a trail of many records.. Alas, I found a pretty good estimation of plot lines left to Minnie Davis and her husband ICB Lewis, Mike’s great grandparents. We were also excited to find the remains of the house Mike’s dad grew up as a boy. We were not able to locate Mike’s grandfather’s house as it most likely sits too far back off the road into private property.
After searching for the old Lewis property lines I convinced Mike to have his picture made at the site where his grandparents and great grandparents are buried in the Turnersville cemetery.
In the end I would say that it was a successful trip. I think my Grandma Lucy, who was a professional librarian and genealogist, would be very proud of my findings. I also hope that all those Lewis ancestors up there in heaven are looking down with a smile on their face.
For those who find themselves in Coryell County I highly recommend stoping for a bite to eat at The Feedmill in Gatesville, located just off the square. The food is good and the display of local newspaper articles, local pictures and antiques gives insight into the history of Coryell County.
Have you ever ran barefoot before? Bet you never landed on your heal. Feet are an amazing part of the human body built of 26 bones, 33 joints and over one hundred muscles, ligaments and tendons. The arch provides a spring mechanism that feeds energy to our calves, quads and hips and lets us run gracefully and painlessly. I myself have little meniscal padding left in my knees which before has made running very painful. Changing my gate has significantly reduced the shock on my joints.
I have started running again on a daily basis, still unfortunately in regular running shoes, but I hope to invest in Vibram’s Five Finger minimal running shoe. As I prefer to run in the outdoors, I am particularly interested in the Spyridon LS for women.
These trail-runners experience the freedom of the barefoot experience and protection from rugged landscapes. Stone, debris, and unpredictable terrain are manageable with this simple 3.5mm Vibram rubber sole. The advanced tread design allows for secure cross-directional grip and the molded nylon mesh in midsoleadds a “rock block” effect, dispersing any impact over a wider area. Made from 34% post-industrial coconut fiber, the Coconut Alive Carbon upper is light and porous. Nothing will slow you down in theSpyridon. With securely fastened, adjustable hook-and-loop closure and reflective applications, you’ll be safe and secure–even in the dark.
With that being said, this form of running is not something to jump into. I myself have definitely experienced strain and soreness in different areas I haven’t felt before. Traditional running shoes force you to come down on your heel, so when moving to a mid-foot or forefoot landing, a more natural gate for a human, more of the impact is absorbed by the arch of the foot and calf. Because these muscles were not used with the traditional running shoe you must have a period to adjust.
Good luck to you!
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This blog is a collection of lifestyle events, interests and memories. The phrase, “It’s a Beauty Day” was coined by yours truly as a little girl and it stuck. My swedish grandmother in particular kept using the phrase for as long as I can remember. To this day is holds happy memories and felt it was the perfect name for my blog.