Mostly Multiples Links: Multiples as Astronauts and our Visit to NASA

Time Magazine recently featured identical twins, Mark and Scott Kelly. (The picture above is NOT Mark and Scott Kelly.) You are probably most familiar with Mark Kelly because he is the husband of Gabrielle Giffords, a retired Arizona congresswoman who was a victim of an assassination attempt in 2011. I didn't realize until reading the cover story in  December 28 edition of Time that Mark (older by 6 minutes) and Scott are both astronauts, and they are currently preparing for a year long … [Read more...]

Reach for the Stars: McDonald Observatory

"Our feeblest contemplations of the Cosmos stir us -- there is a tingling in the spine, a catch in the voice, a faint sensation, as if a distant memory, of falling from a height. We know we are approaching the greatest of mysteries." Carl Sagan Yesterday I encouraged you to swim with the fish--the catfish and minnows of Balmorhea State Park. Don't leave this area of West Texas quite yet because you are about to look up into the heavens and be amazed. A mere 40 minutes away from Balmorhea … [Read more...]

Let the Kids Swim with the Fishes–Balmorhea State Park

Minnows dart around your legs. Black catfish slyly seem to circle around your body. If you are a kid it doesn't get much better than this! Welcome to Balmorhea State Park. Only five hours from San Antonio, it was our first (and for the under 10 travelers their favorite) stop on our Spring Break RV tour. You can see my overview post here. Blamorhea hosts the world's largest spring-fed swimming pool. The pool covers almost 1.75 acres and it stays a nice cool 72-76 degrees year round. … [Read more...]

How to Pack for a Trip with Multiples

Take it all. No really. Attach whatever you can to the back of the car, on top of the car. Stuff the stuff in every crevice and under everyone's feet. Pack it in trash bags, duffle bags. . .it doesn't matter. Everything will be covered in Goldfish and Cheerios and juice box drippings before you even get out of the city limits. Load groggy, morning-breath smelling kids into the mix. Strap them in, adjust pillows--then ask if anyone has to pee. Unstrap. Tell them to just go on the side of the … [Read more...]