Monday, October 21, 2019

Zion: Part 1


It's hard to capture the scale of Zion National Park, Utah. (in a photograph) First of all, we were roaming the grounds long before the sun slipped above the monoliths. It was cloudy too. On top of that, my i-phone was stolen after the trip, and I lost all my cell-photos. (no cloud) So, I guess you'll need to see it for yourself someday. Until then, follow my lens...



















The rocks of Zion almost defy description: they resemble an other-worldly geology experiment, where an explosion spit skyscraper sized rocks into the heavens. Obviously, the rocks resettled in an irregular mass of color and texture. Good luck finding the matching pieces!

Stay tuned for more from Zion and Bryce!

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Sunday, October 13, 2019

Behind the clouds..


I weathered the storm. My abdominal surgery was a success! I've emerged from the ether, situated myself upright at the computer, typed a few sentences. Hooray! The worst is over. 

   Plus, there's a 95% chance that I'm cancer free! My future travel itinerary seems secure. Even so, I'm taking another week off. I'll be back making tracks by next Monday, hosting my marginally successful blog party, posting more photos of the southwest and looking forward to taking you with me to the beach! 

Virtually anyway.

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Attitude is the difference between an ordeal and an adventure...


Poor Hana. Several years ago, she was queen of tents-ville, ensconced away from our other cat Akua, so she could recover from surgery. She survived with plenty of spit and vinegar.

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Now, it's my turn to wear the clown-collar. No travels this week. I'm taking a week or two off for surgery and recovery. I'll use my down-time to catch up on blog visits. I promise. Please keep me in your thoughts and prayers. Hopefully, I'll be back next week for another travel post and link party. 

Cancer free.

Monday, September 30, 2019

Signal Hill Petroglyphs


Desert garden.

The Signal Hill petroglyphs are accessible and intriguing. They were created 800 years ago by the Hohokam and can be found in Saguaro National Park. This hike was one of the highlights of our visit to Tucson. Follow our tracks... 





Signal Hill: a scrubby pile of rocks. 



But look!









I love this photo. 

I'll never forget our visit to Boquete Bees in Panama. Back then, the guide and bee-keeper pointed out ancient petroglyphs embedded here-and-there on the honey farm. She said the rock swirls were sacred energy markers. I don't know what the Hohokam intended when they created their spirals, but I like to imagine it is the site of an ancient vortex. 

I know it is the site of desolate beauty. 


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Monday, September 23, 2019

Costa Rica: Doce


Playa Grande. One heck-of-a beach.

Twelve.

I've come to the end. Costa Rica is Completo. 

Servicio Completo is a drink we always threaten to order. (and did once or twice) Basically, it's an evening in a glass...or two: a bucket of ice, a bottle of Flor de Cana or Centenario, a can of coke and two glasses. 

The last seven pics...


Centenario Completo



Playa Flamingo pool Flamingo. 



Trogon


Mr. or Mrs. Mantis.





I've come full circle. 


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Monday, September 16, 2019

Mossy Cave Trail



Our wheels.

Before our jaws unaligned at Bryce Canyon this summer, we walked mossy cave trail. It was a tiny red rock hike with a waterfall reward. The mossy cave moniker is misplaced - the waterfall is the highlight. Follow our feet...














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Monday, September 9, 2019

The White Dove of the Desert




Mission San Xavier del Bac

In the late 1600's, Father Kino arrived on horseback, entering the Wa:k village of the Tohono O'odham. The quiet and giving Desert people were seasonal farmers, growing Indian corn, beans, squash, lentils and melons. They also utilized native plants like saguaro fruits, mesquite tree beans, cholla buds and mesquite candy. They still weave beautiful baskets, that hold all matter of wares.

San Xavier Mission was built in the 1700's in New Spain. It is a National Historic Landmark and the oldest intact European structure in the state. Which state? Have you guessed where the White Dove is located? 

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The inside was like a gilded castle. I could almost hear the whispers: two-hundred years of silent prayers en-route to the heavens. 










I pray for a healthy life full of discovery and travel. 

The fire burns bright in Tucson, Arizona.


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