Lynn Beebe


Lynn Beebe

I was a primary teacher in a K-12 alternative school. In 2006, I took a leave for four months, travelling through Central America. I visited schools and studied Spanish along with being a tourist. My class followed my travels through this blog. I have continued to use this blog to keep friends, family and my students connected to my travels, recently in Mexico and now Kenya!

I am now retired and my husband and I hope to do even more traveling! I am volunteering in an after-school program on the Indian reservation where we live and at the local art museum along with gardening, kayaking, biking, and cooking....We spent a month in Argentina in the winter of 2009.

Fall 2009
We are now ready to depart on a trip to Italy. We hope to spend a month or so seeing Rome, Venice, Florence, Cinque Terre and the area around Naples.

Fall 2010
We are going back to Italy this fall, hoping to see more of the smaller towns and villages.

Winter 2010-2011
We spent three weeks in the Yucatan, and then took a road trip to California and back.

Fall/Winter 2011-2012
A trip to Japan to see my brother and do some biking...a road trip through the Southwest...and a visit to the Mexican state of Oaxaca!

2013 took us to Spain, Morocco, and Hawaii....

We began our 2014 travels with a trip to the Mexican states of Colima, Jalisco, and Nayarit.

Now in 2016...and a trip to Istanbul, Greece, and then Italy again....

We knew a few days ago that we would have to dodge snowstorms on the way home. We had planned to take I 84 to Pendleton on Monday and then drive home over Snoqualmie Pass on Tuesday. As we watched the weather, it became clear that all the higher passes in Oregon would require chains by Tuesday, so we rerouted through Burns, where we spent the night on Monday. The drive to Burns was a little too exciting...We woke up to snow on our car in Burley, but clear roads. After having some charging issues (the car wasn't pre-conditioned and the temperature sensor was misreading the outdoor temp at 17 degrees, so charging was very slow) we headed to Twin Falls to try charging there. The chargers were at a beautiful visitors' center overlooking the Snake ... read more
Shoshone Falls on the Snake River by Thomas Moran, c. 1900
Snake River at Twin Falls below Shoshone Falls
Snake River at Twin Falls bridge

North America » United States » Idaho » Burley April 10th 2022

While our motel last night left a bit to be desired, we slept fairly well, but were eager to get out of there and were in the car by 8:00 am. We got coffee and yogurt with blueberries and granola at a woman-owned shop in town, and headed out on Highway 6 towards our first stop in the town of Price. We followed the Book Cliffs Escarpment as it bends north. It is the longest continuous escarpment in the world, and supposedly looks like a book lying open. In Price, we visited the USU Eastern Prehistoric Museum, which opened at 9:00. We arrived at 9:01! It has one of the largest collections of different dinosaur bones and skeletons in the USA. After Price, we continued up Price Canyon, past small towns and some ranches. At the ... read more
Book Cliffs in early morning light
More of the Book Cliffs

North America » United States » Utah » Green River April 9th 2022

We have now traveled into our eighth state! We bid the Ruskins and Bella a fond farewell this morning, and headed back towards Golden, the only backtracking we have done on this trip. From Golden, we turned west towards home. The road over the Rockies was beautiful, with varied scenery. We saw active ski areas, impressive rock walls reaching high above us, and many mining towns. We were at over 11,000 feet at the highest pass! One of the 6% downhill grades lasted for over six miles, and there were many warning signs for truckers and many runaway truck ramps along the highway. We stopped to climb Dinosaur Hill, where an almost intact Brontosaurus was found in 1901. Elmer Samuel Riggs (1869-1963) was a paleontologist who worked for the Field Museum in Chicago. In this area, ... read more
One of the many tunnels on Route 70
Red, red rock!
Mine tailings

North America » United States » Colorado » Boulder April 8th 2022

We had a beautiful drive across the mountains from Taos to Raton (I love the name of this means "mouse" in both Spanish and French). It was chilly in the morning, but the dryness made it seem much warmer than 27 degrees when I went for a run before we left. Taos is at 7,000 feet and we climbed another 2000 feet over Palo Flechado Pass before heading down to the midwest plains on the eastside of the Rockies. I stopped to wade in Taos Creek along the shallow to dip all the way in.. We took a side trip into Raton to visit the history museum many artifacts to see and there was a very knowledgeable docent on duty. After Raton, the scenery was mostly monotonous: flat with dry scrub. The snow ... read more
An ancient volcanic plug
A fire across from our hotel in Taos the morning we left
Wading in Taos Creek

North America April 6th 2022

After I posted the blog Tuesday night around 10:30, I heard strange sounds out in front of our room. When I looked out the door, there was a very bedraggled, but friendly man mopping the tiles, and saying something about the sound reminding him of Disneyland. I don't know if he actually worked there, thought he did, or just wandered by with a mop...but I said goodnight, and closed the door... In the morning, after a short run, we packed up and drove to town to get breakfast sandwiches and coffee at a small stand, and then drove another mile to the charging station. Once full of electrons again, we headed north towards Santa Fe. We had asked a man from Santa Fe if there was anything of interest along our route, and after some thought, ... read more
Dust storm in the distance
Driving into a dust storm
Animal marks and tracks on my running trail in Elephant Butte

We didn't tour around Tucson, having seen most of the sights on previous trips, and just enjoyed time with Mary and her family. Mary's three daughters, son-in-law, and grandson, and grand dogs all came over on Sunday afternoon, and it was so good to see them again. All the girls live in Tucson, and one lives just up the street from Mary. Mary's neighborhood is quiet and peaceful with little traffic. Right across the street is a green space belonging to Pima Community College, with great walking and running trails, which I used each morning. Her pool is beautiful, but cold this time of year (it gets cool at night but into the high 80s during the day) which was fine with me, but not so enticing for Bill. He did get in once... After a ... read more
Bill got in the cold, cold pool!
Tesla charging in front of Mary's cool house
The temperature in the shade

North America » United States » Arizona » Tucson April 1st 2022

We had a great final day in Mexico, ending it with one of the best meals I've ever had. We had dinner at the fishing port at Los MTZ, a family owned place with roots in Oaxaca...We had spotted sea bass, cooked on the grill, along with garlic shrimp and other delights... This morning, Bill and I went to the beach where I ran and swam in the tide pools. Walter fixed a greek omelet for us and we were on our way north again....I hated to leave Mexico, but we'll be back soon, hopefully. Puerto Penasco is known as "Arizona's beach" and the town fills up with Americans and some Mexicans every weekend. As we drove back towards the border, there was a steady stream of cars, RVs, trucks pulling dune buggies, and an occasional ... read more
Bill, Cindy and Fiona the dog
Dinner venue at the port
Walter and Cindy's living room

North America » Mexico » Sonora » Puerto Peñasco March 31st 2022

It was so nice to spend a day without driving! We slept like babies at Walter and Cindy's place. There weren't even any barking dogs...unusual for Mexico... Mexico is one of my favorite places in the world. While I can't say I'm "comfortable" here, since I'm always struggling with speaking Spanish, but all the smells, and sights and sounds are attached to wonderful memories, starting in 1987. The people are so courteous and friendly...Yesterday, we had several cars stop in anticipation of us crossing the street! And the food of course is wonderful. And being able to swim without my legs and hands being numb is a treat. One benefit of being a cold water swimmer is that what was once cold water now feels warm! I started the day with a run down to the ... read more
Tide pool swim
Tide pools
Ancient shell fragments

North America » Mexico » Sonora » Puerto Peñasco March 30th 2022

After a wonderful night's sleep at the surprisingly comfortable and quiet Hacienda Motel in Yuma, we prepared for the next part of the trip: a drive into Mexico! I went for run, and planned on bringing some coffee back to the room. The coffee shop was closed until the afternoon, because it was being repainted, so I returned to the room, changed, and we packed the car once again. We were going to wash the car, but Walter arranged to have someone in Puerto Penasco do it tomorrow, so all that was left was to do was get some cash, and some coffee! Those tasks completed, we headed for the border crossing, with a bit of nervousness. We had our visas handy, the passports out on the dash, and the insurance documents in a folder. We ... read more
What the car looked like after the dust and rain storms yesterday...
North side of Route 2

North America » United States » Arizona » Yuma March 29th 2022

We didn't sleep well after seeing a message from Microsoft just before turning out the lights. It was a notification that a hacker from Moscow had logged into his account. He reported it, but wasn't sure what else to do... Once we were up, we saw a note reminding us that the car had to be moved to the opposite side of the street for cleaning before 9:00am. Char and Jose had already for their teaching jobs. Bill went to look for a parking place but had no luck, so we decided to load up the car and I would go for a run on the beach, instead of in the neighborhood. We drove to beach where the predicted storm had already hit and the sand was blowing hard, so no run and no swim...The temperature ... read more
I love Southern California gardens!
I love Southern California gardens!
I love Southern California gardens!

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