Monday, May 29, 2017

Urban Decay

Granada, Nicaragua is a little rough around the edges. But that makes for a grand photo safari. Let's peel our way around the inner city streets and take a tour. Beauty is only skin deep after all. 

I can almost feel the rough and tumble memories. 

Happy Memorial Day!

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Monday, May 22, 2017

Leu Gardens

If you don't like ants, don't go to Leu Gardens. There's a whole ant trail of them. But no ant hills. Florida is too flat. Leu Gardens is located near Orlando, Florida. A nice floral diversion from the fakery of the theme parks.

Don't get webbed either.

The historic Leu House and museum. 
Four Florida families lived here. Including the silent screen star Helen Garder. I absolutely love touring old mansions. Always have. Someday I'll get to tour Biltmore. The ultimate American mansion.

My favorite part of Leu Gardens was the giant spiders hovering over the trail. The only thing missing was an electromagnetic ray of lightening like in War of the Worlds

O.K. I guess there was a little fakery.

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Monday, May 15, 2017

Lonely Leon Beaches

We spent a week wandering the gritty streets of Leon, Nicaragua in January. But when we travel, we're never far from the beach. It was only twenty minutes by car to Playa Las Poneloya and Playa Las Penitas. Or, if you are traveling by horse and wagon, as most Nicaraguans do, well, it might take a little longer. We came in the afternoon. We came at sunset. And we came at my favorite time of day. Morning. And we walked. 

We did the free beach StairMaster. 

We bird watched. 

We looked for sea shells. Sand dollars seem to be prolific in Nicaragua. 

We reached the end.

We even had afternoon tea.

We enjoyed the curious.

We shared the sand with ponies.

We saw a few humans in awe of the ocean. In other words, we found our people.

We watched a free ball game.

We watched. And reflected. Literally. 

And lastly, we brought a Tona or two and watched sunset from the pastel stairs. 

We were happy.

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Monday, May 8, 2017

Walnut Canyon

We stopped at this scenic overlook on our way to Flagstaff, AZ last summer. What a view! But then again, I enjoyed all the views between Sedona at around 4,000 feet and up to Flagstaff at around 7,000 feet. 

A local critter.

Once at the top, we stopped at Walnut Canyon. We didn't hike to the cliff dwellings because it started raining. I guess it's lucky I'm not one of the ancient Sinagua, who inhabited these dizzying dwellings long ago. If I couldn't handle a little rain, I probably couldn't scale the limestone fortress to get home. What were they thinking? 


At least we stayed long enough to walk the rim and soak in the sights. Which consisted of blond stone walls, scattered grey tree bones and lots of crows. I do love crows. They are the muse for my future novel after all.


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P.S. Visit the The Chorus of the Crows this week for a monster of a post!