Taking a pig to a wedding in Guatemala

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Iglesia El Calvario (Calvary Church)

Now that the BIG TRIP is behind us, what is next on the horizon?

We have several plans in the works, starting with a trip to Guatemala at the end of November to attend a wedding. We first met Curtis and Augusta in early 2007 when they so graciously opened their home in Panajachel for those of us volunteering with Miracles in Action. I remember commenting that I would love to be able to have a fraction of the skills that Augusta has in being the supreme hostess.  Continue reading

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Liebster Award ~ Its not an Oscar, but it feels like it to me

Liebster Award

Have you ever heard of a Liebster Award? Well I had not until I entered into the blogging world. It is seen as a right-of-passage where you are recognized by your fellow bloggers for producing a body of work that someone else has noticed.

It’s a bit of an “atta-boy” (or girl), a “let’s get acquainted” and a “help each other get the word out about our blog” award.  Continue reading

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Recap – A trip around the world in pictures

Triglav National Park, Slovenia

Triglav National Park, Slovenia

On March 13th, we flew out of Los Angeles, with a change of planes in Beijing, which brought us to New Delhi, India. This was the starting point for our seven month around-the-world dream trip.

Picking out a favorite or meaningful picture for each of the 29 countries* we stopped in is a labor of love, a fun walk down memory lane, as well as a daunting project sorting through thousands of pictures.

I hope you enjoy seeing what I chose: Continue reading

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A not so random act of kindness

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It is autumn in the mountains

A  pot of home-made split pea soup is simmering on the stove, a second load of laundry is in the dryer, the bed is made, dishes washed, and I am now caught up on my favorite soap, “The Young and the Restless”. Life is returning to my “old normal”.  Continue reading

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Arriving back in Southern California

Tuesday, October 14th ~ We are back home, (almost)

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Last Friday we were up and on the road early, determined to make it back to Southern California before the end of the day. We traveled through southern Utah, cut the corner off of Arizona, counted the cactus across Nevada, waved at Las Vegas, and fought the traffic as we got closer and closer to Los Angeles.  Continue reading

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Wyoming and Utah ~ Flaming Gorge Scenic Byway

Thursday, October 9th

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Near the Wyoming/Utah border

Having crossed a big portion of Wyoming the day before, we had reached the southwest corner of the state. We stopped in at the Visitors Information Center in Green River to inquire about scenic drives going South. The lady behind the counter immediately recommended that we take 530 down to see the Flaming Gorge Scenic Byway.

We were given a booklet and map with items highlighted in yellow that we “MUST SEE”.  Continue reading

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Wyoming ~ Grasslands, Independence Rock, Two-headed Car, Continental Divide

Wednesday, October 8th ~ Driving through Wyoming

Welcome to Wyoming

Welcome to Wyoming

Wyoming is the 10th largest, but the least populated of all 50 states. It is also one of only three states that have straight latitudinal and longitudinal lines instead of natural landscape to define the borders. (Just FYI, Colorado and Utah are the other two.)

Wide open range land

Wide open range land

With the low population density, that equates to miles and miles of nothing but grasslands, weeds, a smattering of trees, a few cows grazing, and some distant rock formations. We pass by the occasional small town, find deer in the front yard, or a two-headed car and not much more.  Continue reading

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