Monday, June 17, 2019

Stripped

New York, New York.

We flew into Las Vegas last week for the first time. Our ultimate goal was: the Grand Canyon, Zion and Bryce. Wow! Wow! Wow! But first, we got stripped. And I'm not talking about Magic Mike or Naked Cirque. Which, unfortunately, we didn't see. Our style was more stripping-the-bed-of-its-bedspread.

I'm sure our bedtime set a new record for early-birds. But, exploring the strip in the wee a.m. after a good night's sleep was cooler and less crowded. It was fun. Follow our footsteps...

N.Y.

N.Y.

Caeser's

Paris 

Bellagio

N.Y.

The Strip

Bellagio

Fargo 
(just seeing if you're awake)

M.G.M

Bellagio

Bellagio

The STRAT. 

The Stratosphere.

But, just because we went to bed early, doesn't mean we didn't have any fun. We still drank too much at the Stratosphere's epic happy hour. They make a mean Manhattan. 

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Monday, June 10, 2019

Swimming Around Capitol Reef


We felt like we should be driving a Mar's Rover on the way to Capitol Reef last summer. Can you imagine traversing the desert in a wagon with no air conditioning?






Imagining what it was like for early settlers - like the family above -  is mind-boggling. My husband knocked to make sure they were O.K. 



The red rock is like petrified fire. (No fire hydrant needed)






 

The petroglyph boardwalk is a must-see in Capitol Reef. You meander along a towering red rock wall, lined with persistent trees, searching for ancient rock art. The images are subtle, but they're there. 





The boardwalk.


Petrified wood.



A parked cop car with a dummy was a humorous way to slow down drivers in the town of Tory. 



Tractor crossing.



A room with a view. You don't need scuba gear in Capitol reef, but you do need a camera. 

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Monday, June 3, 2019

Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary: I'm a friend


I'm no simple bunting: I'm a kite. At least at Corkscrew Swamp, where one-hundred bucks gets you and another nature lover into Corkscrew for a whole year: The Kite level. 

Alas, I'm not a wood stork, limpkin or egret - although I certainly saw a few while slowly creeping down the boardwalk. Those birds are friends with even more benefits, because they paid a higher price! But, it's all for a good cause...

Mother Nature. 

Follow our tracks...





 Limpkin.


Green Heron


Baby Gators. 


Meow: A cat bird. 


An L.B.B. or little brown bird. (I'm not a true birder, obviously)


The beautiful flames of an air plant.



The boardwalk in 2019.

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Monday, May 27, 2019

Costa Rica: Nueve



I have finally arrived at the final destination of our 2019, Costa Rica trip. Since January, I've been posting seven photos a pop and climbing the Spanish numerical chart. This year, we flew into Liberia and ended our journey in Playa Flamingo - named for its pink sand beach. It was almost like coming full circle, since we stayed with the author of the Happier than a Billionaire books at  - where else - the Happier House! (they rent part of their home to happy tourists)

The books are centered around living pura-vida in Costa Rica. Needless to say, it was fun listening to tales of naughty tourists and insider information about the country we've grown to love. It was our sixth trip to Costa Rica, and hopefully not our last. Follow our tickled-pink steps...

 



Shedding skin.



Local graffiti.


Stay tuned for the rest of our trip!

*Make today your best day, by visiting The Chorus of the Crows for a refresher on virtues...The Virtue Club

Have a meaningful Memorial Day!

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Monday, May 20, 2019

Grand Wash


The Grand Wash hike was a twisty-turny wonder, almost as narrow as a slot canyon. As we funneled up the wash, we swept past black varnish walls full of holes, caves and undulating texture. My husband was even color coordinated with the splashes of green dotting the trail. The best part of all - at least for me - was that it was flat. Easy!

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Always cairns. 



Camo- lizard.



Peek-a-boo!





A fun hike. 

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