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Month: September 2011

Memorabilia and Sensible Tips From Smokey The Bear

September 4, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Since it’s Labor Day weekend, I thought it would be fun to feature the Smokey the Bear website. I just discovered this useful resource and was quite impressed with Smokey’s kid friendly tips for building a campfire. I also appreciated his tips for choosing a site and  extinguishing the campfire as well. While poking through his website, I discovered  “Smokey’s Journey!”   A nifty section on the website, Smokey’s Journey features a timeline of Smokey’s role throughout American history.  The timeline starts in 1940. You will find  fun memorabilia and radio ads recorded by the likes of Bing Crosby. The resource section has lots of tools for teachers and parents who want to instruct children. There is also a map pinpointing where there are forest fires currently burning. It’s obvious that Smokey the Bear has been working hard for decades. So, if you haven’t thought about Smokey lately, why don’t you do so this Labor Day... [Read more...]

Touring “the City Different”

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Touring “the City Different”

In a recent post, I talked about the wonderful shopping opportunities available at the old Governor’s Palace in Santa Fe, NM. After we had finished perusing the large variety of wares available at the Governor’s Palace during our recent impromptu visit to “the City Different” (Santa Fe, NM), we took a turn about the plaza to see what was happening. In New Mexico, and many Spanish communities, the center of the city or the town square is referred to as a plaza. (Don’t call it the square or they will know you are a tourist and not “in the know.”) Generally a central shopping area, plazas have much to offer in terms of things to see and do. In strolling through the Santa Fe Plaza, we come upon the marker commemorating the end of the famous Santa Fe Trail, the road or route followed by many of the earliest settlers to the area between the years of 1822 and 1879.  Erected by the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Territory of New Mexico in 1910, ... [Read more...]

VISITED BY AN UNWELCOME GUEST (This one will not be invited back!)

September 1, 2011 by · 3 Comments 

VISITED BY AN UNWELCOME GUEST (This one will not be invited back!)

We met on the Internet It was not in one of the usual chat rooms, or singles dating sites like eHarmony or Zoosk as one might expect.  She just popped up out of nowhere and introduced herself without hesitation. At first, I was shocked at how forward she was – her blatant introduction caused me to become suspicious and worried. She was young, wild, and a “fast mover”.  She didn’t seem to be the least bit bashful and announced her intent to visit the clear blue waters and white sandy beaches of the Bahamas – even if she was not welcome. There was some mention about coming to North Carolina and Virginia.  Maybe she would stop over for a night and we could spend a little time together. My sleep that night was restless.  I couldn’t get her off my mind.   I dreamed about our possible meeting.  I got out of bed and picked up my laptop computer, logging into her personal social network site.  I had to see what she was doing at the places she visited. Her most recent... [Read more...]

The City Different: Santa Fe, NM

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The City Different: Santa Fe, NM

A combination of altitude, desert, and pueblos has produced a magical city that bears little resemblance to nearby Albuquerque or anywhere else for that matter. While Santa Fe has been intriguing and charming travelers for more than 400 years, La Fonda on the Plaza has been providing warm and friendly accommodations for generations. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved Santa Fe is the United States’ longest continuously occupied state capital. Located high and dry in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, this well preserved center of Southwestern art and architecture attracts visitors with its galleries, cuisine, and play of light on its adobe buildings. Santa Fe is referred to as “the city different,” a city that honors its Native American, Hispanic, and Anglo heritages and embraces its natural environment unlike any other in the United States. A city whose beautiful, brown adobe architecture blends with the high desert landscape and a city that is, at the same time, one... [Read more...]

A Wonderful Carriage Ride Through Northern Michigan

September 1, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

A Wonderful Carriage Ride Through Northern Michigan

While workamping at Thunder Bay RV & Golf Resort, my husband and I experienced the Award winning Elk Viewing Carriage Ride, Gourmet Dinner & Wine Tasting! Imagine: Slow meander through quiet woods, comfortable in a roofed red carriage built on-site by Lead Teamster, Alan. His massive Percheron draft horses, a magnificent sight, make their way from suites and villas to the Grill, stopping along the way to pick up guests. Everyone now on board, we cross the Resort’s 18 hole golf course to head into the woods in search of sometimes elusive deer and elk. Our heads turn from the waving golfers to the trees ahead. Look, A wild deer! Our guide shares history – of Rocky Mountain Elk and Thunder Bay Resort. We learn what dangers they have historically faced, what antlers in velvet is, what determines antler size and majesty – and when they shed. Perhaps you can stump our guide with a question, I couldn’t, but then, they are quite knowledgeable. We found Elk gathered at a... [Read more...]

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