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Marfa, Texas

1-3 June 2015

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Ah, my surgery ICU month is over and I have a few days off to go somewhere in our new RV. I had heard a few years ago about this small town in West Texas that is famous for these myterious little lights that come on at dusk on the horizon. We carefully made it through El Paso with the RV in tow and didn't have any mishaps until we went about 200 feet past the entrance of the Tumble In RV park. Unfortuntely you can't just make a U-turn with a huge RV behind you and there isn't much out there to see so we had to go 9 miles before we could turn around.
Marfa camp site

Marfa camp site


Tumble In RV Park

Tumble In RV Park


Later the first night we went to this observatory about 9 miles from the RV park to see these Marfa lights. According to research they have been seen on most clear nights since 1883. There has been much speculation about the origin but no one has ever figured it out. The lights look like distant house lights that come on and off in different spots along the horizon. Kinda neat to see but not sure its worth coming to Marfa for.
storm is coming

storm is coming

Marfa water tower

Marfa water tower

Far west Texas plants

Far west Texas plants

Full moon in Marfa

Full moon in Marfa

Marfa lights

Marfa lights


The main thing we learned is not to come during the week because almost all restaurants in the town are open Friday, Saturday and Sunday. We found a place called Capri that had three things on the menu but atleast a cute little beer garden to eat it in.
lunch at Capri

lunch at Capri


Marfa was kind of dead so we drove 25 miles to Alpine, Texas which seems to have much more going on. Sadly it started to rain so we got our Raspa from Murphy's Raspa company and headed back to Marfa. Alpine has really beautiful murals everywhere and slushies that they have renamed, Raspa.
Alpine Texas

Alpine Texas

raspa (1)

raspa (1)

Murphy Street Raspa Co.

Murphy Street Raspa Co.


Dinner back in Marfa was the only restaurant open in town on Tuesday night, the Presidio hotel. This site was where the cast of the movie Giant stayed when they were in town.
El Pasiano

El Pasiano


On the way out of town I had to stop and take a photo of the Prada store front. Marfa is known as being a town full of artists and one of them built this Prada store in the midde of the desert as a joke.
Prada, Marfa

Prada, Marfa

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Wicked

21 May 2015

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Wicked in El Paso this week at the plaza theater!
Wicked

Wicked

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Our new toy

15 May 2015

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Curt is driving our new toy hauler off the lot in Las Cruces! May we have many more fun trips in our new RV!
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Jerome and Sedona, Arizona

19 April 2015

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Our last real day in Arizona and it was another action packed day of hiking and eating :) We started off with a fabulous breakfast at the Mile Hile Cafe in Jerome. I had cheesy hash and Curt had eggs benedict with mimosas! Jerome is an adorable, supposedly haunted town on a hile that has cute shops and great views and was definately worth the stop.
View from Jerome

View from Jerome

Mile High Grill

Mile High Grill


Jerome buildings

Jerome buildings


Gallery

Gallery


Next up was hiking to the Arch which was probably the greatest photographic moment of the trip. Other hikers were very polite in waiting on each other so photos could be taken without large crowds in the background.
Devils Bridge Trail

Devils Bridge Trail


holding up the rock

holding up the rock


resting on the rocks

resting on the rocks


The arch

The arch


Standing on the arch

Standing on the arch


So after hiking, naturally we had to eat again so stopped at Famous Pizza for a rest. We didn't eat at McDonalds but they made sure to point out the Green Arches rather than golden that match the architecture in Sedona.
Sedona style McDonalds

Sedona style McDonalds


More hiking to cathedral Rock which in the end is rather like climbing. We didn't make it all the way to the top before we headed back to Sedona for.....more eating!
Chapel in the rocks

Chapel in the rocks


Cathedral Rock Trail

Cathedral Rock Trail


A storm is brewing

A storm is brewing


hmm that looks high

hmm that looks high


I will just take a picture from here

I will just take a picture from here


Should we keep going

Should we keep going


View from Cathedral Rock

View from Cathedral Rock


what a view

what a view


blue sky is back

blue sky is back


wild flowers on the trail

wild flowers on the trail


Tlaquepaque is a shopping and eating area decorated with tons of flowers and home to the Oak Creek Brewery where we ate our last meal. What a fabulous trip, Thanks Chris and Christina!
Tlaquepaque

Tlaquepaque


roses all over

roses all over

more flowers

more flowers

brewery samples

brewery samples

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The Grand Canyon at last!

18 April 2015

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I have been feeling bad that our list of things we have seen in the world did not include one of the United States biggest attractions, the Grand Canyon. Fortunately for us our friends Chris and Christina live only a couple hours away and were willing to show us the sites. We even got an added bonus to the day with a stop at Bearizona in Willams, Arizona. The park has a drive through area with bear, bison and wolves but also a walk around area with lots of other animals. There were three baby bears that I couldn't take pictures of but were adorable and playful. We had a hard time walking away from their little den.
wolves

wolves


wolves 2

wolves 2


wierd looking bird

wierd looking bird


ugliest guy in the park

ugliest guy in the park


porcipine

porcipine


otter

otter


Mules

Mules


juvenile bears playing

juvenile bears playing


Christina petting a baby goat

Christina petting a baby goat


Chris and Christina

Chris and Christina


Bearizona

Bearizona


baby bison

baby bison


We tore ourselves away from the baby bears in the interest of getting a hike in at the Grand Canyon. We settled on doing a portion of the Bright Angel Trail which is one of the most popular. As luck would have it the weekend was free entry so it was quite crowded. Because we arrived in the afternoon we didn't get to hike the entire trail but I felt fortunate to have seen this wonder and plan to return.
With Smokey the Bear

With Smokey the Bear


First photo of the Grand Canyon

First photo of the Grand Canyon


Bright Angel Trail

Bright Angel Trail


Beautiful day for hiking

Beautiful day for hiking


Curt hiking

Curt hiking

Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon


hikers warning

hikers warning

it goes on forever

it goes on forever

On the trail

On the trail

tame squirrels

tame squirrels

The Bright Angel Trail

The Bright Angel Trail

What goes down must come back up

What goes down must come back up


The pizza place right outside the park called our names so we gave in but while there noticed we had buy one get one free coupons for the National Geographic IMAX Movie about the history of the park. It turned out to be less than stellar but ya win some, ya lose some.

Our final stop for the day was back in Williams at Poncho Magilacutties for Mexican. They had wine called the The Traveler and also t-shirts with the logo that Christina and I had to have! What a great day!

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Prescott, Arizona

17 April 2015

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I am so happy for this getaway to Prescott, Arizona to visit my friend from Cuba, Christina and her husband Chris. They had an absolutely amazing and action pack weekend planned for us starting with brunch in Prescott at the Lone Star Cafe. This is an adorable restaurant in the downtown with lots of fun to read wall art.
Lone Star Cafe

Lone Star Cafe


Nice concept

Nice concept


Bird Cage Saloon

Bird Cage Saloon


downtown Prescott

downtown Prescott


After a quick walk around the downtown and along Whiskey Row they got us exercising with a hike up Thumb Butte Trail. The top has a view over all of Prescott and humbling memorial to a group of fire fighters from the area that passed away fighting a forest fire.
Thumb Butte Trail

Thumb Butte Trail


Thumb Butte from Below

Thumb Butte from Below


View over Prescott

View over Prescott


fire fighter memorial

fire fighter memorial


Chris and Christina

Chris and Christina


After working off some calories we packed them back on at Berry's Pie Cafe and then at the Raven Bar downtown. Before leaving town we also hit a up a few shops and the local Green Mountain Brewery and one of their favorite hangouts. I loved the tree on the wall made from beer mugs.
Attack on Curt

Attack on Curt


A tastier end

A tastier end


For sale

For sale


Raven beer choices

Raven beer choices


Green Mountain Brewery

Green Mountain Brewery

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Bataan death march, year #2

22 March 2015

sunny 70 °F

This years Bataan death march was a bit different. #1 we only did the 14.2 event and walked it and #2 it was not so cold. It still took a really long time to start the event. We heard from the Philippine ambassador to the U.S., had a fly over by a medevac helicopter and got to shake hands with survivors. We finished in about 4.5 hours and had plenty of time to relax and have our food at the end.
Before the march

Before the march

Bataan flag

Bataan flag

Bag pipers

Bag pipers

Huge flag

Huge flag

The crowd

The crowd

Curt marching

Curt marching

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Inn of the Mountain Gods, Ruidoso, New Mexico

13-15 March 2015

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Inn of the Mountain Gods

Inn of the Mountain Gods


I felt very blessed to have a few days off work over my birthday so we went to Ruidoso, New Mexico to the Inn of the Mountain Gods to celebrate the occasion.
view from hotel

view from hotel

another view from room

another view from room


On the way up we drive through Alamogordo and stopped at Pistacchio land which is marked by what has to be the Worlds Largest Pistacchio! I really just wanted a picture of that but as it happens there is also really good pistacchio brittle inside the shop.
pistachioland

pistachioland


Parking for nuts only

Parking for nuts only


As with every casino we had the opportunity to gorge on the buffets and watch our money go down the drain of the slot machine. There was also a nice pool and hot tub we made use of on the first day.
slot machine win

slot machine win

slot machine winnings

slot machine winnings


Ruidoso is a mountain town so hiking is priority for a lot of people. There was a trail from the visitors center that ran along a stream that we checked out before doing with hike of the shops along main street. I was excited to see that I could get my very own alien for only $25!
aliens for sale

aliens for sale


Ruidoso River Trail

Ruidoso River Trail

walking the line

walking the line

River trail

River trail

Noisy water winery

Noisy water winery


A six mile out and back hiking trail also set off from the hotel and runs along the road but still offers pretty views of the mountais.
prehike photo

prehike photo

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Cloudcroft, New Mexico

29-30 January 2015

snow

Fresh snow

Fresh snow


I'm going with the philosophy that one night out of town is better than none so Cloudcroft beaconed. Approximately two hours in to the mountains lies this tiny town that seems to be there mostly for summer hiking. It was beatiful in the winter though and we got to experience some of the fresh white stuff. Being that it is a small town most everything was closing down at 1700 so we just did dinner at one of the few restaurants in town. I got this chili cheese burger fitting with the New Mexicans love of this ingredient.
chili cheeseburger

chili cheeseburger


Husband Day Care

Husband Day Care


Since nothing much was open we just made ourselves at home at the Crofting Inn until the morning. Breakfast left something to be desired so we made a stop at the local bakery for a pastry. The town has some cute shops and w did a little shopping until it was time to head back home.
Crofting Inn

Crofting Inn


shopping in Cloudcroft

shopping in Cloudcroft

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White Sands National Monument

16 January 2015

sunny 55 °F

white sands

white sands


White Sands National Monument is the world's largest field of gypsum sand dunes ringed by the San Andres and Sacramento mountains. These dunes cover 275 square miles in the Chihuahuan desert and fill the Tularosa basin. The gypsum deposits were left behind after the evaporation of the shallow tropical sea that covered Arizona, southern New Mexico and western Texas millions of years ago.
nature study area

nature study area


Curt studying nature

Curt studying nature


nature area

nature area


There is a road to drive through the monument with sand dunes on both sides of the road as well as several places to get out and walk around. Most of the hiking areas were closed when we visited but there was a nature area we were able to stretch our legs.
view from the top of the sledding hill

view from the top of the sledding hill


waiting sleds

waiting sleds


saucer sled land speed record

saucer sled land speed record


At the end of the drive there are numerous areas of packed sand where you can pull out the saucer sleds and sail down the hill. The gift shop at the entrance of the park sells the sleds and you can even sell it back when you leave. I felt like this was one of the first times I got to truly laugh in the last six months!
sledding

sledding


Curt sledding

Curt sledding


white sands landscape

white sands landscape

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