I saw the total solar eclipse. It was spectacular.

There are no words to do it justice.

Right before totality began, the wind calmed, the temperature dropped, and the crowd hushed.

“Awesome!” some guy with a booming voice exclaimed.

As I peered through my solar eclipse glasses at the shrinking crescent of the sun, one thought kept running through my mind:

I want to remember this day forever.

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Ghosts of Gilliland

Smack dab in The Big Empty region of Texas is a sleepy town called Gilliland. Nestled in the remote, rugged terrain of northern Knox County, Gilliland was a bustling little community in the years following World War II, but decades of decline have since taken their toll, and the village is now considered a ghost town.

During our most recent trip to Dallas, my family took a slight detour from our normal route in order to pay Gilliland a visit. We were not disappointed.

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