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Ranch Retreat and Ranch Repeat

We scheduled a two-day retreat at ‘TK Ranch’ south of Breckinridge, Texas. Who know so many towns in Colorado have the same names in Texas towns but with a very different look? Breckinrideg: Ranch versus mountain town. The beautiful Bunkhouse had three private bedrooms with bath and slept 12 people. (Available through VRBO). There were Continue reading Ranch Retreat and Ranch Repeat

Scottsdale Old Town, MIM and Cemetary

A ‘night out in Old Town’ Scottsdale started with a drive in evening traffic, passing through wealthy shopping areas, outdoor restaurants brimming with people, and warnings of the changes of Covid. “Face masks that cover your nose and mouth are currently mandatory in all public places in Scottsdale.” As the website says, “shopping in Old Continue reading Scottsdale Old Town, MIM and Cemetary

Landslide Brought Me Down

Seeking a shorter and easier hike after our climbing on Gateway Trail, we visited Tom Thumb trailhead in McDowell Sonoran Preserve in order to explore “the Marcus Landslide.” (3.0 mi/4.8 KM)”  After traversing the rollercoaster and unpaved road, and finding the elusive trailhead, we headed out on a descending path. I personally enjoy climbing first Continue reading Landslide Brought Me Down

McDowell Sonoran Preserve Day 2

McDowell Sonoran Preserve The Southern section of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve (MSP) trailhead Lost Dog Wash was packed with people on a Thursday morning in November. The desert had finally cooled and Covid mania was waning in Scottsdale. People wanted to be outside, doing something, and having fun. (See previous post about the MSP) Did Continue reading McDowell Sonoran Preserve Day 2

“Every Sunset brings…

….the promise of a new dawn.” Ralph Waldo Emerson What is it about the magic of sunsets? People all over the world remember particular sunsets they have witnessed. The colors, clouds, changing horizon view, and composition of earth and rocks reflecting off of the declining sunlight are charmed. The sun rises and the sun sets, then hurries around to Continue reading “Every Sunset brings…

Christmas Story

Hark! the herald angels sing:“Glory to the newborn King!Peace on earth and mercy mildGod and sinners reconciled”Joyful, all ye nations riseJoin the triumph of the skiesWith angelic hosts proclaim:“Christ is born in Bethlehem”Hark! the herald angels sing:“Glory to the newborn King!” Christ by highest Heav’n adoredChrist the everlasting Lord!Late in time behold Him comeOffspring of Continue reading Christmas Story

Why do they do that?

The Midwest hiking Blogger I follow suggested the destination of Bayfield, Wisconsin. What a beautiful small town on the shore of Lake Superior! Bed and Breakfasts, stores, churches all hugged the protected bay. Covid precautions were strongly encouraged in this remote town – masks, sanitizer everywhere, dining outside, and social distancing.  We decided to visit Continue reading Why do they do that?

Perfect and Complete Trail

Seven Bridges Trail in Colorado Springs is located high up in Cheyenne Canyon,  and represents ‘perfection and completion’ to me.  Colorado perfection.  Red Rocks. Green Pine trees. Lime green Aspens.  Blue Columbine flowers. Flowing Streams.  No bugs. Cold, Clear Snow Melt.  Rocks and huge boulders.  Cerulean Blue Sky. Cool temperatures in the morning and hot afternoon.  Moderate hiking difficulty for 3.7 miles climbing Continue reading Perfect and Complete Trail

Deserted Land: Rails to Trails

Go back in time.  People in America are moving westward to explore and settle and find their fortunes.  They use trains to navigate across country.  It is the middle 1800s to the mid 1900s.  There are few roads across America and fewer cars, and passenger travel was still a viable option.  Then the world changed.  The Freight lines replaced the passenger Continue reading Deserted Land: Rails to Trails