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North America » United States » Arizona » Apache Junction March 21st 2019

We had hiked a trail on Superstition Mountain last year and really enjoyed it, but there was plenty more there to explore, so we drove back over there in the morning. We parked at a trailhead just east of LD State Park, and headed out towards the high ground. It was a perfect day as we wound our way through the saguaros and other desert plants. It was probably the best part of a mile before we began to climb towards the rocks. We passed a tree where other hikers had built a curving wall from stones found laying about, one stone at a time. We stopped and made our own contribution, this is the kind of wall building we do endorse. There were many options on routes, but we stayed to the east, having done ... read more
Rocky Spires
Superstition Cave
Mountain Goat

North America » United States » New Mexico » Deming March 20th 2019

blog 03-20-19 Super Full Pink Moon Today's plan was to head to Silver City and see what it held for us. My new friend Pat and I left at 10 am and headed north for 57 miles through very dry sage brush and grasslands. There were a few cows here and there but not much else. We stopped in a little town called Hurley to see their claim to fame, a model train exhibit. The town was bigger than I expected but most of the houses looked like they were abandoned. The train set up was in an old mining company store complete with tin roof and old wood floors. There was surprising detail in the display and as soon as we walked in the door Pat was cornered by this lovely old gentleman who proceeded ... read more
This is where the trains were
Lonnie Nolan admiring his handy work

North America » United States » Florida » Kissimmee March 19th 2019

Better late than never, I always say. Just needed a rainy day to catch up with myself and we got it! Today is Tuesday, March 19th and it has rained ALL day! Sleeping will be mesmerizing tonight...the sound of rain on the roof of our RV. It’s like sitting on an old front porch listening to the music the raindrops play as they tap upon the metal roof. Dream on....... We are only a couple days late in wishing all of you a Happy St.Patrick’s Day! We hope your day was happy and lucky! And guess what? Tomorrow is the first day of Spring! Yippee! We knew it would eventually arrive for our family and friends up North. It’s different here in Florida. Hard to decipher between the seasons...they all seem to blend together with sunshine, ... read more
Celebration Farmers Market
Fiddling at the Town Tavern
My yummy drink

North America » United States » New Mexico » Deming March 19th 2019

blog 03-19-19 Rockhound The sun is shinning today and I went to Rock Hound State Park about 20 miles from here. I heard it was a beautiful place to camp and I wanted to see what it had to offer. It was beautiful and Watson and I took a walk on one of their trails to see if we could spot a treasure. You can take rocks home from here as long as they don't weigh more than 17 lbs. Oh wow, a legal place to gather rocks! It was mid day and starting to get hot so we didn't go far but I did manage to get 2 little rocks to add to my water garden at home. There were flowers everywhere and they are called Mexican Poppies, real beauties. Pictures I hope. I drove ... read more
Part of the visitors center
Mexican Poppies

North America » United States » Nevada March 18th 2019

When people think of Las Vegas , the night scene comes to mind due to the exciting and vibrant casino life. This easily conjures up images of dinner reservations before one hits the Strip to spin the slots. But chances are you will become hungry way before dinner time, leading to the question: what about lunch? Luckily, Las Vegas doesn’t disappoint, and there’s plenty of options, whether you looking for burgers, pizza, Thai, ramen or a good barbeque. Here are the 10 best places to grab lunch in Las Vegas. 1. Burger Bar When people think of lunch, burgers quickly come to mind, but that doesn’t always mean that McDonald’s or Burger King are the best choices – although they instantly come to mind. Enter Burger Bar, an upscale joint that promises the ultimate... read more

Spring Break - Day 1 When I was growing up our Spring Breaks consisted of going to visit my moms family in Panama City. My Meme (grandmother) lived a couple of houses from the bay. My aunt, uncle and cousins would come visit us at Meme’s. We spent many vacations at my Meme’s that we even got to know the neighbors and neighborhood kids. Meme always had a pound cake waiting for us and green kool-aid. I don’t remember much tv watching and surely there weren’t any computers. We’d play in the bay, climb trees in my Meme’s yard, wander around the neighborhood and jump on the neighbors trampoline. My mom would let us walk down to the bay to play in the water. She would not think allowing her grandchildren to do that this day ... read more
Spring Break
Spring Break
Spring Break

North America » United States » New York » Lake George March 18th 2019

Lake George has been a favorite vacation spot in our family for years. My parents have been there four times, but they say it’s a magical place regardless of how many times you visit. Before the actual vacation part started, my family and I visited Bard College for my brother college applications. As the younger sibling, I don’t really get a say when it comes to going on college tours. This time though, the weather was good, so I didn’t have much to complain about during the tour around the campus. Soon after, we were well on our way to Lake George. On the first night of our trip, a childhood dream of mine came true. I had ice cream for dinner. Nothing else; just sweet, sweet ice cream. Martha’s Dandee Creme was one of my ... read more

North America » United States » Arizona » Apache Junction March 18th 2019

As soon as we had arrived at the Tortilla Campground, I had my eye on the ridge across the creek from us on the other side of the canyon. It began as a low hill a little bit west of us, then tapered up gradually to the east, until near the end, where it steeply rose to a sort of mesa, with sheer cliffs falling several hundred feet over the road. It looked very climbable, though the last pitch could be a challenge. The real issue though, was the creek. A few days ago, when we had come up here on our reconnaissance mission, it had looked like you could step over it. After the heavy rains of our last night at Dutchman, it was a torrent. So I watched it, and on our third day ... read more
Cold Feet
Trail to the Top
Long View Lake

4th and King Street, San Francisco– Several months ago (although it feels like yesterday... time really does stand still when the seasons blend together) I found myself at the 4thand King Street train station waiting for our ride back to the Salinas Valley, which I have accepted as my home now. As we were waiting, I had flash backs to the last few times I was at that station waiting for a train, and how much my life had changed each time. The first time was my first visit to San Francisco since childhood. It was in November of 2017, and I was interviewing all over the United States for a new job. I had an interview in a little suburb north of San Jose, and decided to (finally) take my old college roommate and darling ... read more
Mission Dolores Park, Nov. 2017
Cindy and me! :) Nov. 2017
San Francisco, one June night in 2018

North America » United States » Tennessee » Gatlinburg March 17th 2019

Hello TravelBlog community! This is my first blog on this site, and I figured I would kick it off with something close to home- My weekend trip to Gatlinburg, Tennessee! Gatlinburg, Tennessee: Spring 2019 Growing up in Tennessee, as early as I can remember, my family and I has spent at least one week out of every year vacationing in Gatlinburg. It was always my favorite week out of the year! Now that I am older, the family tradition has died down, but every now and then, my wife and I will still carry it on and snag a weekend getaway at a cabin. Every time we have been to Gatlinburg, we have fallen for the tourist traps and never strayed away from the familiar, however, this year we decided to shake things up a little ... read more

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