Bandelier National Monument, NM

Bandelier surprised me in a good way. It was bigger and more compelling than I expected, and incredibly peaceful in the early spring. The entire area of roughy 33,000 acres is located inside the Jemez Mountain region, where massive volcanic eruptions were very active about 13 million years ago. Bandelier is situated on what is basically the side of an ancient huge volcano, the Valle … Continue reading Bandelier National Monument, NM

Santa Fe, NM

I rolled into Santa Fe ready for art, culture and food, but then got derailed a bit by weather and altitude. Luckily, I understand the number one rule for positive experiences while traveling is to be flexible, so I was still able to enjoy my time there, just not in the way I was initially expecting. The altitude issue was the biggest surprise.  I wasn’t … Continue reading Santa Fe, NM

Key West, Florida

Key West is crazy big time fun.  I was surprised how much there was to do, since my impression before going there was just fish, party, sleep, repeat. It’s definitely a fishing paradise, and from the drive down the Overseas Highway, I assume that is true in most of the Keys.  Key West does seem to be filled with people living a life of days … Continue reading Key West, Florida

The Everglades: River of Grass

“There are no other Everglades in the world.” Those are the introductory words of the famous book, “The Everglades: River of Grass”, written in 1947 by Marjory Stoneman Douglas (April 7, 1890 – May 14, 1998).  They are considered to be the most famous words ever written about the Everglades, and the book itself is a delightful description of what once was, and was almost lost. … Continue reading The Everglades: River of Grass

Mothers, Daughters and Girl Scouts

A visit to the birthplace of Juliette Gordon Low (1860-1927) in Savannah, Georgia has been on my bucket list since I was eleven years old.  That was the year my mother took her Girl Scout troop (including my two older sisters) all the way from Missouri to Florida to see the newly opened Disney World.  Along the way, they stopped in Savannah, while I stayed … Continue reading Mothers, Daughters and Girl Scouts

My Self Righteous Gene

For those of you who are starting to follow this blog but don’t know me personally, I feel it’s important to fess up to my primary personal flaw, before you read something here that I accidentally let slip by in the editing process, or in the event that I carelessly slip into ranting mode (I promise, I’m trying really, really hard not to do that.) … Continue reading My Self Righteous Gene

The Women’s March on Washington

  I worked as a ballot clerk on Election Day in November of 2016.  It was a wonderful experience and I finally got to see first hand how the voting process works, how the integrity of it is carefully protected at the local level, and how people of different political views come together to make sure everything is fair and runs smoothly.  I’m lucky to … Continue reading The Women’s March on Washington