Category Archives: U.S.A

Exploring Beautiful Tlaquepaque in Sedona

Flowers, tiles, & shops at Tlaquepaque

An afternoon exploring beautiful Tlaquepaque in Sedona is a pleasure unbounded by age. My three-year-old grandson enjoyed the fountains, sniffing the flowers, and finding a new vista around every corner. We enjoyed how the aesthetic experience completely overlay the structures that were obviously built for commerce. The shops and their unique contents were available to […]

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Ways to Experience Sedona, AZ, May Well Be Infinite

Ways to experience Sedona, AZ, may well be infinite. The first time I came to town was on a short lay-over with a friend on our way to Tucson. I didn’t know much about vortexes or crystals, which seemed to be a major focus of the citizenry and struck me as a little exotic and […]

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Morning Visit to the Headwaters of the Everglades

Shingle Creek in February

With only a day left in Kissimmee, Florida, an early morning visit to the headwaters of the Everglades seemed intriguing. The choices for what to do while everyone else visits Florida theme parks became increasingly precious as our time drew down, but we made the mistake of choosing the Shingle Creek Naturalist Tours. Initially, I […]

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Visit Wizarding World of Harry Potter First-hand

Fire-spewing dragon above Gringotts Bank

I’d wanted to visit Wizarding World of Harry Potter first-hand for years, ever since my own grandchildren reported their delight with the adventure. So I have to confess to a total cave on how to entertain myself while everyone else visits Florida theme parks. When day six of the family reunion dawned, I was excited to head […]

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Invite Everyone You Love to Bok Tower Gardens

Bok Tower = Carillon

Rather than being grumpy all day at a crowded Florida theme park, invite everyone you love to Bok Tower Gardens. Then if they decline, you don’t have to feel guilty about the wonderful day you’re going to have, or sad about the crowds and noise they’ll have. I loved everything about this National Historic Landmark in […]

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While Everyone Else Visits Florida Theme Parks

Pool view at Champion's Gate, FL

What to do while everyone else visits Florida theme parks? I’d never had any desire to spend a week at Disney World. Truly. My bucket list is long, but nowhere is there an amusement park on it. Years ago I’d taken my children to Disney Land in California. They enjoyed; I endured. That was enough. […]

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Determined Tourist in St. George

Prickly pear cactus at Kayenta Art Village

What does a determined tourist in St. George, Utah, do for fun? On earlier visits I’d hiked many of the spectacular national parks near-by such as Zion, Bryce Canyon, Arches, Capital Reef, and Canyonlands, to name just a few. I had also indulged in some geo-caching in near-by Snow Canyon with its striking combination of […]

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Death Valley Super Bloom Spring 2016

Death Valley National Park signage

Massive rainstorms we experienced in October 2015 resulted in the Death Valley Super Bloom of spring 2016. We had been driving across the Mojave Desert from the beautiful Virgin River gorge, past Barstow and on to Los Angeles, when we hit the surprising storms. Death Valley National Park is the driest place in North America […]

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Rain in the Desert

Joshua Tree

Although we didn’t know it at the time, unusual autumn rain in the desert would cause the Death Valley Super Bloom of spring 2016. Six months earlier–on 5 October 2015 to be precise–we were on a road trip heading to Southern California via ‘Vegas. As we drove south through the Virgin River section of I-15, […]

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What Creates the Mystique of Santa Catalina?

The Casino

What creates the mystique of Santa Catalina? For me it all began with a popular song I heard as a child that played long afterwards in my imagination. The Four Preps sang a bouncy tune with the lyrics, “Twenty-six miles across the Sea, Santa Catalina is a-waitin’ for me, Santa Catalina, the island of romance.” […]

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