A Mystical Night in the Samalayuca Dunes near Juarez, Mexico
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A Mystical Night in the Samalayuca Dunes near Juarez, Mexico

I had major reservations about this adventure, and rightfully so.  It meant crossing the border from El Paso into Juarez and going south to the desolate Chihuahua Desert at night.  I was torn.  I wanted to experience the mysticism of the dunes, yet hesitant because of the known violence, including a National Geographic reporter being … Continue reading

The Garden You Have to See in Vancouver
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The Garden You Have to See in Vancouver

In the bustling vibrant Chinatown district of Vancouver is a magical place of serenity and reflection.  Back in January when I was in Vancouver, I noticed a Chinese garden on a map, but it was already closed for the day by time I got there.  On a rainy Sunday morning before boarding a cruise ship … Continue reading

Hit the Road: Road Trips in Texas, New Mexico and Southwest Colorado
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Hit the Road: Road Trips in Texas, New Mexico and Southwest Colorado

For a segment on San Antonio Living on News 4 San Antonio I shared some of my favorite road trips in Texas, New Mexico and Southwest Colorado. Click HERE to view the segment. Hill Country Day Trip or Weekend Getaway Concan – Head to the canyon country section of the Texas Hill Country. Concan is … Continue reading

Ghost Ranch, Ancient Ruins and Arches: 3 Days In Northwest New Mexico
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Ghost Ranch, Ancient Ruins and Arches: 3 Days In Northwest New Mexico

Day 1: Denver to Abiquiu On the way to New Mexico, I turned off of I-25 and took the scenic route. It’s about a 5.5 hour drive from Denver to Abiquiu, a small town northwest of Santa Fe. On the drive, I passed through San Luis, the oldest town in Colorado. It was established in … Continue reading

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Hiking to Chimney Rock at Ghost Ranch

Ghost Ranch is simply stunning with tan to red rock formations of mainly soft disintegrating sandstone and gypsum. I could easily see why artist Georgia O’Keeffe spent so many hours painting the landscape. While staying at Ghost Ranch for a night, I had to get in a hike. So off I went on the Chimney … Continue reading