Monday, October 19, 2020

Game of Skulls


We visited the Chaa Creek Museum for a Morpho tour and as a bonus, played the Game of Skulls. What’s that you say? You've never heard of that game? You must be living under a fossil. I knew the game would be the perfect post for Halloween month. To top things off - literally - I was wearing my favorite cat skeleton hat. (I ordered the embroidery patch on etsy)

Follow my metacarpals and phalanges...

"Our feet are planted in the real world, but we dance with angels and ghosts." John Cameron Mitchell


Yes, that's a tooth necklace in the left hand corner. 


Bones from Xunantunich.


Teeth from Lamanai.


Game on at the Chaa Creek Museum and Morpho tour.






To start the game, you collect ten cards with an animal from Belize written on the front. You take the card and match it to the correct animal skull. We only mixed up two! Obviously, the alligator was easy. How would you do?


"I wouldn't describe myself as lacking in confidence, but I would just say that - the ghosts you chase you never catch." John Malkovich


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Monday, October 12, 2020

Xunantunich: The Stone Woman

The ferry to Xunantunich.

"Monsters are real, and ghosts are real too. They live inside us, and sometimes, they win." Stephen King

Xunantunich is named after a ghost. 

The legend of the Stone Woman started in 1892, when a researcher saw a Mayan maiden ascend the staircase of El Castillo, the main pyramid of Xunantunich. She was wearing a flowing white gown and a crown of long, dark hair. When she reached the top she stopped and turned, revealing penetrating, blood red eyes. Then she disappeared into the stone. The research crew searched the ruin. She had vanished without a trace. No one knows the ancient name of this Mayan city near modern day San Ignacio, Belize. So they named it Xunantunich. The moniker means: Sculpture of a Lady. The Stone Woman.

We didn't see the woman in white when we climbed El Castillo back in January. But she still scares lucky tourists to this day.


Other passengers...





Camouflaged.



El Castillo.



Me.








The view from the top of El Castillo is breathtaking - even without a ghost.

"I wouldn't describe myself as lacking in confidence, but I would just say that - the ghosts you chase you never catch." John Malkovich



 

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Monday, October 5, 2020

Little Havana , Miami



A lonely suitcase sits at the base of a tree in Little Havana. 

It's Halloween month at Sharon's Souvenirs! 

The world doesn't need a spooky Halloween to scare us this year. Even so, I've lined up a month of spine chilling posts. Okay, that's a huge exaggeration - especially today. The scariest thing that happened in little Havana was the food poisoning that ravaged my gut afterwards. Was it the delicious Cuban sandwich from Old Havana's Bar and Cocina? Or was it the the meal we had the night before at La Carreta? (It sure tasted good) Maybe it was a residual haunting from the key lime doughnut that was devilishly good and quite possibly, worth the bacterial possession. 

Make tracks to the end of the post for a tepid scare...

Mary Shelley, "Frankenstein"

"There is something at work in my soul, which I do not understand."





We had lunch inside a chicken coop. 


"Please don't step on me. I didn't poop in your sandwich and give you food poisoning. Honest," peeped the chick.



"I pooped in your sandwich," said the rooster, in a low, gravely voice.




A creepy clown mural greats tourists in little Havana, Miami. Boo!

Stay tuned for more...

"I have this fear of clowns, so I think that if I surround myself with them, it will ward off all evil." Johnny Depp




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Monday, September 28, 2020

Garden of the Gods. Etc...


Union Square after dark.

You don't need missionaries in Colorado; you got Colorado.

Trey Parker



Drinks at Tupelo's and a damn good meal.



Denver energy markers. Or swirly, magic, manhole covers. 



Union Square in Denver, Colorado.


Twitter art installations. A Denver hotel has a whole row of tweeting birds that greet elevator patrons.



Behind my husband is Pike's Peak.


That's one heck-of-a-name. I've seen plenty of Red Rock over the years that was bigger, better, redder. How did this tiny spit-fire of Red Rock get the best darn name this side of the Rockies?

How the park got its name...

It was August of 1859 when two surveyors started out from Denver City to begin a townsite, soon to be called Colorado City. While exploring nearby locations, they came upon a beautiful area of sandstone formations. M. S. Beach, who related this incident, suggested that it would be a "capital place for a beer garden" when the country grew up. His companion, Rufus Cable, a "young and poetic man", exclaimed, "Beer Garden! Why it is a fit place for the Gods to assemble. We will call it the Garden of the Gods." It has been so called ever since.



Garden of the Gods may not be as grand as Utah's Zion, or as astounding as Arches National Park, but it was worth a look-see. Wander with me...



Pike's Peak framed.













I constructed a laboratory in the neighborhood of Pike's Peak. The conditions in the pure air of the Colorado Mountains proved extremely favorable for my experiments, and the results were most gratifying to me.

Nikola Tesla







 

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