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Stephen Almer
Josey Ranch, Carrollton, TX
Husband, Dad, Grandad, Pet Owner, Curious Journalist
Interests: Family, world events (large and small), learning by traveling, reading, politics, sports viewing, golf, getting and staying fit and nature.
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Psst ... Let Me Out! Well, the photo of my cute little lamby friend earned me a finalist position for the week in the Dallas Morning News state fair photo contest. The winner was a real estate attorney from University Park with a sun shot of the Big Tex icon. It's not on the newspaper site yet, so I'll post it when I can. That means I'm still in the running for the grand prize. Hmmmm. Don't think that'll happen. Maybe I'll enter the "Game action from outside looking in" after all. Or .... not. Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2011 at Josey Rancher
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After all, this heavenly slice of earth, in all its serenity and natural beauty, was once hell on earth; truly. Yellowstone was, or is, a “supervolcano.” Over a short period of time, geologically speaking, three massive eruptions ejected more than 900 cubic miles of volcanic debris from the Yellowstone region. Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2011 at Josey Rancher
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It’s not easy aiming and firing a Nikon P500 accurately with two mustard and ketchup-laced corny dogs in one hand. However, 1) it can be done and 2) there’s no more appropriate way to photograph this wild and wooly milieu that is the State Fair of Texas 2011. It's all part of the Dallas Morning News photo contest. Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2011 at Josey Rancher
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We’re headed for land that’s considered the last remnant of the wild American west, so there’s no more appropriate way to get there than up and over the Bighorn Mountains. Buffalo Bill and a gunfight await us on the other side so, to get an early start, we’re climbing before the morning light. Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2011 at Josey Rancher
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Finally, the outline of mountains appears on the far-western horizon and the highway starts bending north. We’ll cross the Montana line to visit one of the most haunted spots on American soil: the battlefield where General George Armstrong Custer and 267 of his men, along with unknown numbers of Native Americans, drew their final breaths at the “Battle of the Little Bighorn,” also known as “Custer’s Last Stand.” Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2011 at Josey Rancher
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At first it's their size, their sheer magnitude that commands rapt attention. At Mount Rushmore National Memorial, each president's head stands six-stories tall, bearing a 20-foot nose, an 18-foot-wide mouth and eyes measuring 11-feet across; each of them: Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt and Lincoln. Just a few miles down the road, however, stands the massive, work-in-progress, Crazy Horse Memorial. As a point of comparison, you could fit the entire Rushmore memorial on the side of Crazy Horse’s head. When complete, it will be, simply, the largest sculpture in the world. Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2011 at Josey Rancher
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To reach the Badlands you must first cross Buffalo Gap National Grasslands, thousands of acres of hundreds of grass species and wildflowers, all waving in the breeze. Then, suddenly, this gentle horizon crinkles and erupts with sharp peaks jutting into the western sky. Your first look reveals a harsh vista of deeply gouged valleys beneath layers of rocky crags and spires. What happened here? Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2011 at Josey Rancher
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I hadn’t really thought about it for years, hadn’t heeded its’ call for decades: that seductive song which lures us to highways and back roads in search of new sights and fresh inspiration. But, suddenly, there it was: Road Trip! Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2011 at Josey Rancher
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The American spirit was flowing through the streets of Farmers Branch, engulfing the citizen centers of Carrollton and lighting up the north Texas sky in a celebration of freedom. Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2011 at Josey Rancher
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The sun was just nudging over the George Bush Turnpike when the radio crackled the news that thousands of people were already crowding the streets of downtown Dallas, seeking good spots for the parade honoring the new NBA champion Mavericks. Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2011 at Josey Rancher
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The term “random” echoed along the trails of Josey Ranch this past week. “Super Cells” had rolled across Dallas/Fort Worth, drenching parched lands with rain and blowing debris through city streets. Twisters threatened while electric storms hurled golf ball-size hail through some house and car windows and dented greens at the Byron Nelson Golf Tournament. Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2011 at Josey Rancher
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The wind swings suddenly in Texas from north-chilly-cold to southerly-wet-warm and, when it does, springtime explodes on the horizon with fresh blossoms and new life. Along Josey Ranch trails, Mexican Hats, Hopi Tea and bunches of other wildflowers have sprouted to signal the season’s change. Trees have donned fresh greens. And baby swans, called cygnets, have emerged from the rushes, escorted by proud parents. Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2011 at Josey Rancher
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Long pants and sweater weather hit North Texas the other day for the first time this season. So, I threw some pho on the computer and it’s been simmering ever since. Well, now it’s done and piping hot. Come and get it! Here’s your dish of pho. Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2010 at Josey Rancher
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But, hold on. Just as your jet noses over the Red River and floats into North Texas, something strange begins to form on the horizon. It’s blue and stands out in sharp contrast to its surroundings. That’s Dallas County where Democrats not only won, but won big, sweeping all countywide races; for the third year in a row. Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2010 at Josey Rancher
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First, it’s not Frisbee golf (Frisbee is trademarked). It’s disc golf. And second, it’s a real sport with maybe a half-million people playing it on thousands of specific courses in 20, or more, countries. There is even a Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA) with a member-base of 40,000-plus and world-ranked players competing in over 1,200 sanctioned events. Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2010 at Josey Rancher
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Our house in Carrollton, TX sits on land that was once part of legendary Josey Rancho, home to Longhorns, bison, millionaire oilmen and a spectacular July 4th rodeo. Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2010 at Josey Rancher
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