5 Off the Beaten Track Things to Do in Las Vegas

May 1st – 4th ~ Las Vegas, Nevada

Las Vegas Baby! (View from our window at Bally’s)

Last summer Tim and I flew up to Medford where we had the chance to have a mini reunion with two dear friends that I have known since Junior High School, Karen Snyder and Cheryl Erickson Scott. We had so much fun that we decided to try to make it an annual event.

This year our destination was LAS VEGASContinue reading

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Earth Day Cleanup in the San Bernardino Mountains

April 22nd ~ Near Running Springs, CA

Piles of broken plastic sleds

As fate would have it, I just happened to see this post inviting the mountain-top residents to participate in the Earth Day clean-up.  Continue reading

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Carrizo Plain Super Bloom! Yes, it was as glorious as it sounds

April 17th ~ Carrizo Plain National Monument

Super Bloom ~ Carrizo Plain National Monument, California

How can one sum up in words the magnificence we beheld when our best photos don’t even come close to capturing the beauty? There really is no way other than to let you know that as many places we have visited in this big old world, I don’t think I have ever come close to saying “WOW” so many times in one day.  Continue reading

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A Reason to Celebrate!

Today, April 24th, is a very special occasion for Tim and me.

So happy we found each other

Happy 25th Wedding Anniversary to the best husband, partner, father, travel companion and friend a woman could ask for. 

As we walk down memory lane, I wanted to share a few of my favorite travel pictures of the two of us together shot around the world over the past few years. I hope you will enjoy reminiscing and celebrating with us.  Continue reading

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Scottsdale, AZ ~ How a roll of Tums ended up costing $32

Wednesday April 12th – Cross the Border into the USA, Scottsdale AZ

Nearing the Mexico, US Border

Another extended and uneventful day on the bus. There were some wonderful highlight moments on this trip, but the very long bus rides, especially two of them back to back made the culmination of the trip less memorable.  Continue reading

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Mexico – Lunch with the Mennonites

Tuesday, April 11th – Nuevo Casas Grandes, Mexico

Family portraits for the Mennonites were rarely done

We knew we had another long day on the bus today and Manuel advised us that he would love to leave a bit earlier if possible. Our congenial group was all loaded and ready to depart 15 minutes before scheduled – pulling out at 7:45am.   Continue reading

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What did the Tarahumara Medicine Woman tell us?

April 10th ~ Copper Canyon, Mexico

Karen, Alondra (Medicine Woman) and Joanne

I’ve had a fascination for Eastern and Alternative Medicine since my long ago college days. One of the classes I took was called “Posture and Relaxation” where we learned the basics of self-hypnosis. For a dozen years, I continued to use the techniques from that class periodically to help me unwind or fall asleep.  Continue reading

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Copper Canyon ~ Tarahumara Indians and Aerial Tram

Monday, April 10th – Aerial Tram into the Copper Canyon

Copper Canyon

There are six individual canyons in the Sierra Madre Mountains, collectively known as the Copper Canyon or Barrancas del Cobre. It is located in Northwestern Mexico in the state of Chihuahua.  Continue reading

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Copper Canyon – Train Ride in the Sky

Sunday, April 9th – Train Ride into Copper Canyon, Tarahumara Indians, Posadas Barrancas

Tarahumara woman selling baskets

Another early morning, but this time I arose with more anticipation. Finally, after waiting for 40 odd years, I was about to fulfill my wish to see the Copper Canyon.  Continue reading

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Made it to El Fuerte, the Gateway to the Copper Canyon

Saturday, April 8th – Walking Tour in Los Alamos and on to El Fuerte – Gateway to the Copper Canyon

Decor in local hotel

A two and a half hour walking tour through the historic colonial city of Los Alamos gave us some good insight about this area.  Continue reading

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