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Weekend of family, friends and packing!

This weekend, we were able to spend done quality time with our friends and family while we finished up done packing to prepare for our move back to Texas.

Friday and Saturday, Eric’s college roommate, Zach, and his wife, Shannon, and their two-year-old son, Levi, were so sweet to help unpack up most of the kitchen and move out some of the large items. That will save us tons of time on moving day!

It wasn’t all work and no play, though. We did take some time for a hand night at our friends, the Rammers. It was great to see everyone mesh and spend another game night together before we have to leave.





On Saturday, Eric’s parents came up for one last visit and helped us pack a bit on Sunday. It was so nice to see them and spend some time together. They were so helpful.


With do little left in the house, the move has started to really hit me. We really enjoyed our time here and the friends we’ve made. I can’t believe it’s just been a year and a half. Wow!

Just three days to go…

Labor Day trip to MARFA!

Over Labor day weekend, we took a little trip out to West Texas. Why you ask? Because it was the only place where it would cool down enough at night to make camping bearable. {Gotta love the dessert-like climate}

We had a credit on Southwest Airlines, so we flew to Midland and rented a car for our drive to Marfa {an artist alcove just 1 1/2 hours East of El Paso.

 See that fenced area there? That was our original camping grounds. Good thing we did some research and decided to forfeit our deposit for some place closer. {el cosmico}

This trendy campground had everything from a giant teepee and refurbished retro campers to camp sites and a camp kitchen {with fridge}.

This was such a lifesaver! We bought groceries along the way and prepared 2 out of 3 meals a day a the camp kitchen. {Eric’s working on our Hobo Packs here}.

The town of Marfa had a weekend festival going on with art vendors and local music. With such nice weather there was a lot to do {or not do and just relax}.

The Festival of Lights was positioned around their magnificent courthouse. It had to be the prettiest building in the whole town. This old traders post turned early 1900 hot spot turned artiest alcove turned family place has a little of it all. {How amazing it that}.

On our exploration of the Marfa Lights area, Eric even found an old fashioned tumbleweed blowing around.

The Marfa Lights viewing deck was recently built to view the unexplained phenomenon of red lights that appear on the horizon. The theories range from the spirits of Spanish Conquistadors searching for gold to aliens. The most believable theory is the gas/light emited with the hot air from the ground meets the cool night air. {such a realist}.

We went back at night to see the lights {with the rest of the town} but were not able to get them on camera. Here’s a picture of the moon. It was so unbelievably big with thousands of visible stars.

The next day, we took a drive south of the town in search of an a ghost town before you reach the Mexican border.

We just didn’t realize how close it was to the border! After driving for an hour, we saw the border show up on our GPS and decided to turn around.

Along the way back, we found Elephant Rock. With only so many geographical landmarks, this was a great photo-op!

On our way back to the airport, we stopped to take in the mountains {Eric didn’t think Texas had any}. Needless to say, we met a former boarder patrol officer. After some of his stories, I’m glad we didn’t know them before our trip {hot spot for drug mules}.

Of course, we had to take a picture in front of one of the many dirks in West Texas. Without much rain, it is good they have another industry to fall back on.

We also stopped to have lunch with my college friend Kortney and her new baby girl {what a sweet sleeping baby}.

All in all, it was a great break from the day-to-day life and fun adventure for the Roark Roadtrip files!

Sweet Summer Time

It’s starting to get to 100 degrees most every day now, but when the sun goes down it cools off enough to get out and enjoy some of the fun festivals in Dallas. In the past couple of weeks, we have gone to Taste of Dallas, Shakespeare in the Park, and a few Ranger’s games.

Here are a few photos of our adventures!

We took the train downtown and met some interesting persons.

Met up with Daniel and Alida again!

We tried lots of good food from around the area.

Overall, it was a nice night to be out. We even ran into a few other people we knew. It really is a small place.

I took some more pictures on my phone, but cannot figure out how to get them off. That’s the trouble with new phones. It’s always a learning game… Hopefully, I’ll remember to take my camera with me more often.

Happy Summer!