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    Day 1 - September 3, 2004 - Flight from Denver to Chicago to Frankfurt

    We were able to do our regular Friday morning chores as our flight was not scheduled until 3:55 PM. We drove to Denver at 11:30, had lunch at Chipotle and were at DIA at 1:30. Pikes...

    Day 2

    Day 2 - September 4, 2004 - Flight to Frankfurt and on to Madrid

    We arrived at Frankfurt at about 1 PM and had 45 minutes to find our flight to Madrid. The Spanair flight was very good and we were served a tasty meal.

    When we arrived at Madrid,...

    Day 3

    Day 3 – September 5, 2004 – Madrid

    We slept in and it was enjoyable. After a late continental breakfast we went out for a long walk around the streets of the hotel. It was cool as we started but as we finished my shirt was soaked in the front...

    Day 4

    Day 4 – September 6, 2004 - Madrid Sightseeing & Toledo

    We were up a 6:45 to have breakfast at 7:30 with Barbara and Kerry from Queensland, Australia. We were on the bus at 8:30 for a city tour and more sights of Madrid with Carmela.

    Our driver today was...

    Day 5

    Day 5 – September 7, 2004 – Madrid to Burgos to Santander

    Our wake up call was at 6 AM but we were up at 5:45. We went down to breakfast at 7 AM but they were not open or ready for us. The wait staff had a mad scramble...

    Day 6

    Day 6 – September 8, 2004 – Santander to Bilbao to San Sebastian to Pamplona

    After a wonderful buffet breakfast with many choices of fresh fruit, breads, eggs, and meat we were on the bus at 8:30. We were then on Route 10 or A-8 going east toward Bilbao in...

    Day 7

    Day 7 – September 9, 2004 – Pamplona to Zargoza to Barcelona

    Today was another 6 AM wake-up with a very nice breakfast and cool morning. The city was just starting to come alive as we left the hotel at 8 AM.

    All of the signs in northern Spain are...

    Day 8

    Day 8 – September 10, 2004 – Barcelona Sightseeing & At Leisure

    We got to sleep until 6:45 today. We again had a great breakfast - everything was presented so well and with much variety.

    Our morning city sightseeing was with our local guide Pilar who told us that the...

    Day 9

    Day 9 – September 11, 2004 – Barcelona to Peniscola to Valencia

    This morning Saturday, September 11th we left Barcelona. The BBC and CNN International are paying tribute to the 9/11 tragedy in NYC and Washington, DC. There is very little traffic as we move out of the city at...

    Day 10

    Day 9 – September 12, 2004 - Valencia to Guadix to Granada

    Please note that the included pictures have been labeled as there were houses dug into hillsides that we had to note.

    This morning we had breakfast at 7:30, the worst we have had as it was very limited...

    Day 11

    Day 11 – September 14, 2004 - Granada to Costa del Sol

    We had another early wake-up call and nice breakfast. When we returned to our rooms after breakfast we saw that our luggage was still outside our rooms.

    The luggage porter was late and this was the one day...

    Day 12

    Day 12 – September 15, 2004 - Costa del Sol

    After our late evening last night, we were able to sleep in a little bit and bring in our laundry from the deck, a beautiful place to dry clothes. We had an excellent breakfast buffet at 8 AM and then...

    Day 13

    Day 13 – September 16, 2004 - Costa del Sol to Seville

    We had an early morning - our wake up call was at 6:00 - breakfast was just rolls, juice, and coffee as we have to get out on the road at 7:45 and beat the traffic to Gibraltar....

    Day 14

    Day 14 – September 17, 2004 - Seville Sightseeing & At Leisure

    We were able to get up a little later than usual as we have our second day in Sevilla - Seville. Unfortunately, my internal alarm had me up by 7 AM and we were done with the showers...

    Day 15

    Day 15 – September 18, 2004 - Cordoba

    Our wake-up call was at 8:00 today so everyone had a leisurely breakfast and talked in the lobby until it was time to get on the bus. We started for our short trip to Cordoba along the Guadalquivir River Valley.

    We traveled...

    Day 16

    Day 16 – September 19, 2004 - Madrid

    Even though our wake up call was at 6:45, breakfast did not start until 7:30 and they did not start to pick up the luggage until 7:45. I guess Saturday is a sleep in day for the Spanish!

    It is 72 degrees...

    Day 17

    Day 17 – September 20, 2004 - Madrid to USA

    Sunday morning was up and out. We had a taxi waiting for us and the ride to the airport was fast and easy – 20 Euros with the early morning surcharge!

    We got seats on the Lufthansa flight, made the...

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Day 2: Goat Cave Karst Nature Preserve


The Preserve was set aside to buffer some of the ecologically sensitive karsts in the area from encroaching neighborhoods. Karsts are caves that feed directly into the Edwards Aquifer below ground.

Because the three caves can be dangerous to hikers and nonprofessional spelunkers, they are...

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