I guess I have to change this profile for my next trip which starts July 24 and ends August 8. I am driving with my husband from Calgary, Alberta down to Alpine, TX to visit my brother. We will be seeing some awesome sights and meeting some new friends from the internet as well as some relatives along the way. Looking forward to doing the "Margarita Trail" (the drive from Alpine, TX to Devner, CO via Santa Fe and Taos, NM - we know where all the best margartia spots are along the way!) again! Long drive but worth every kilometer!!

North America » Canada » Alberta » Calgary July 14th 2011

Due to the fact that I am taking my iPad on my next trip and I am not able to upload photos from the iPad to this website, I sadly have to change to a new blog site. If you have come here to follow my France/Scotland 2011 trip, please go to and you will see the trip unfolding with all the photos attached :) Thanks everyone! ... read more

North America » United States » Wyoming » Cheyenne August 8th 2009

Today was another long drive for us. We left Santa Fe at about 7:30 am and drove about an hour and a half to Taos, NM. When we arrived in Taos, we needed to get an oil change and a tire rotation and so we found a Jeep dealership who could do it right away! What luck! While they took the 45 minutes to do the car work we walked over to a nice little café and had a delicious breakfast. The timing was soon as we were done eating, the car was ready. So we got the car and drove into the center of Taos to check out some of the history we had been reading about in the book Blood and Thunder which is a history of Kit Carson (who lived in Taos) ... read more
Rio Grande Gorge
Kit Carson's House courtyard
Bread oven

North America » United States » New Mexico » Santa Fe August 7th 2009

Today we had to sadly leave Rick in Alpine and start our journey back north. We had a long drive straight through to Santa Fe. As we wanted to get to Santa Fe early enough to be able to do some sight-seeing, we left Alpine early and hit the road. The drive was uneventful. We drove north through the Guadalupe Mountains and saw El Capitan, the highest point in Texas. We also drove right past Carlsbad Caverns but did not stop to visit as we have been there a couple of times before. We stopped in Roswell, NM for a nice lunch and finally arrived in Santa Fe around 3:30 pm. We have a lovely hotel (our splurge night!) at a historic hotel just around the corner from the historic plaza and across the street from ... read more
Our stop for margaritas
Cathedral of Saint Francis of Asissi
Great adobe building

North America » United States » Texas » Alpine August 6th 2009

Today was a very busy last day in Alpine. We got up and had a bite to eat and then headed over to the Alpine Golf Club to play a 9 hole round before it got too hot. Well, it was already hot when we got there! And, the humidity was high due to the rain that had fallen the previous 2 days. It was fun even though I got a sunburn....I thought it was too early to get burned! Luckily, it isn't too bad. After the golf round we had a drink on the patio and then headed about 45 miles from Alpine into the Davis Mountains to visit the McDonald Observatory. This is a very cool place where students and scientists come to view the heavens. They have a number of giant telescopes but ... read more
The new observatory
Mirror disk
Rick by the old observatories

North America » United States » Texas » Big Bend August 5th 2009

Today we put our golf clubs in the Jeep and headed out of Alpine to drive the 108 miles (~160 km) down to the Big Bend National Park. It is a beautiful, mountainous park in the panhandle of west Texas. It also runs along the Rio Grande River and that river divides Mexico and the US in that area. The drive out was uneventful but the closer we got to the park, the more spectaular the landscape became. We drove first to Terlingua/Study Butte and had some lunch. Thre is a golf course in terlingua that we were going to look at playing but it was just too hot! We then carried on to the Big Bend Lodge which is up in the mountains and facing out into the Chisos Basin. I hope the pictures do ... read more
Ocotilla plant and Chisos mountains
Ocotilla plant
Interesting butte

North America » United States » Texas » Alpine August 3rd 2009

Today was a very relaxing and fun day in Alpine. I need to tell you the saga of our hotel room. Last Thursday, we were called by my father to tell us that the hotel we had reservations at was sold and would be closing on Monday (we arrived Sunday night). So we called my brother and asked him to find us another place to stay. Now, I had made our reservations back in January and I knew then that the town's hotels were filling up fast. Alpine is one of three gateways in this area to get down to the Big Bend National Park and there are not many hotels down that way so when people come from afar to visit the national park they stay at Alpine, Marathon or Marfa. So, I was a ... read more
Main area of the Loft
Blooming cactus
Seed pods on a cactus

North America » United States » Texas August 2nd 2009

We had a long and rather boring drive scenery-wise today. The land was mostly flat desert though between Alamogordo and Artesia, NM we drove through the Linclon National Forest. This was very funny because as you are driving into the "mountains" and you see the nation forest sign all you are really seeing is sage and pinon trees and a whole lot of scrub brush. But, once you get into it, it really IS a forest! Like one we might see in Alberta! It was very beautiful and quite odd considering the general terrain that surrounds it. When we stopped in Alamogordo we went to the Space History Museum which was very interesting. It has some very cool old rockets and it gives you the history of all space travel and rocket technology from all countries ... read more
Some missiles and rockets
Gargoyle from 1945

North America » United States » New Mexico » Soccoro August 1st 2009

Well, we sadly left Durango and started once again on our journey south to Texas. It was a beautiful sunny day and we saw the temperatures climb from 15C in Durango at 9 am to 36C in Socorro at 6 pm! The drive was uneventful though we did see some astounding things. We had some extra time to stop today so when we saw the turn-off for Chaco Canyon, we just had to go there. It is a canyon that had a Puebloan culture (Chaco Culture) and there were about 6 or 7 different pueblos all within communicating distance of each other in the canyon. All that are left is ruins but it's so very interesting. We stopped at the Visitor Center and looked through the museum and then had a delicious lunch that Ricci packed ... read more
River wash
Fajada Butte, Chaco Canyon
Pueblo ruins, Chaco Canyon

North America » United States » Colorado » Durango July 31st 2009

We started our day with a round of 18 holes of golf. It was a bit cold when we started at 8 am but by the time we finished at 12:30 pm it was hot and we got a bit sunburned! The golf was fun if not exactly professional quality (in fact FAR from it!) but we had a blast! After golf we went to a lovely café and had a nice lunch and then Ken and Frank went to JC Penney to buy some pillowcases for the pillows we bought (we foolishly didn't bring ours from home!) and Ricci and I went for a nice stroll down Main Street in Durango. This is a beautiful town on the edge of the Rockies with stunning scenery and a real old west feel. When we got home, ... read more
View of Durango from the golf club
Ricci and Frank's house
Ricci and Frank's back yard

North America » United States » Colorado » Durango July 30th 2009

We got a pretty early start to head back east through Zion, through the Navajo Indian Reservation in Arizona and on into Colorado. After a lovely breakfast of Southwest Eggs Benedict, we set out. The scenery was mostly uninspiring and flat but the roads were good and not very much traffic. We ran into a huge thunderstorm in Arizona and drove right through the middle of it. By the time we reached the Four Corners (the only oplace in the United States where 4 state boundaries touch, the sun was shining and it was hot! We stopped at The Four Corners National Monuiment to have a bite to eat before moving on to visit Mesa Verde (ancient cliff dwellings of the Anasazi). We got there a bit late in the day so we were only able ... read more
Almost out of Zion
Best Friends Animal Sanctuary sign
One last Zion

Tot: 0.208s; Tpl: 0.007s; cc: 14; qc: 89; dbt: 0.1312s; 1; m:domysql w:travelblog (; sld: 1; ; mem: 1.2mb