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Horseback Riding in Tahoe National Forest: Alpine Meadows Stables

Horseback Riding in Tahoe National Forest: Alpine Meadows Stables

July 27, 2011 No Comments There is nothing like exploring the beautiful alpine surroundings of Tahoe National Forest on horseback. It takes one back to a time when people and nature lived in closer harmony. Alpine Meadows Stables captures this sublime experience perfectly. I went on a one-hour scenic guided tour with my family in July 2011. We felt immediately ...

 

River Walking in Portland, Oregon

River Walking in Portland, Oregon

July 25, 2011 No Comments Sometimes the simple pleasures are the ones you remember longest, as a family. Sometimes you only need a place to walk along together for awhile in order to savor the beauty of the environment around you and the moment in time when you are together. The climate in Portland, Oregon can be rainy, but even ...

 

Resort at Squaw Creek: Summer Sanctuary and Winter Wonderland

Resort at Squaw Creek: Summer Sanctuary and Winter Wonderland

July 24, 2011 No Comments The late afternoon summer sun illuminates Squaw Valley in golden emerald hues. Silence reigns as the day draws to a close, before the night awakens. I stare out through the floor-to-ceiling picture windows from my suite in the Resort at Squaw Creek in Squaw Valley, California, mesmerized by nature’s beauty. It is here where the ...

 

Living Desert: Exploring the Chihuahuan Desert in Carlsbad, New Mexico

Living Desert: Exploring the Chihuahuan Desert in Carlsbad, New Mexico

July 21, 2011 No Comments Carlsbad, New Mexico is perhaps best-known for the stunning Carlsbad Caverns, despite the fact that the caverns are actually 23 miles from Carlsbad, much closer to the tiny town of White’s City. Carlsbad proper is a small but vibrant arts community. Dad and I had the good fortune to visit during the 40th birthday celebration ...

 

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Buckhorn and Texas Ranger Museum: San Antonio Celebrates the Bizarre

Buckhorn and Texas Ranger Museum: San Antonio Celebrates the Bizarre

July 20, 2011 No Comments When Dad and I planned this summer’s road trip through the American Southwest, we created a loose itinerary based on major attractions. The Alamo is one the Old West’s most famous sites, so we planned a trip to San Antonio, Texas. When we got to San Antonio, we were happily surprised to discover a plethora ...

 

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White Oaks, New Mexico: An Abandoned Wild West Town

White Oaks, New Mexico: An Abandoned Wild West Town

July 19, 2011 No Comments It is truly amazing how many times you can read a book or see a movie without retaining all of the details. Young Guns II, the 1990 sequel to Young Guns that highlights the further exploits of Billy the Kid, is one of my favorite films. I love the sequence in the brothel, when the ...

 

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Smokey Bear Meets Billy the Kid? Carrizozo, Capitan, and Valley of Fires, New Mexico

Smokey Bear Meets Billy the Kid? Carrizozo, Capitan, and Valley of Fires, New Mexico

July 18, 2011 No Comments When Dad and I were in Roswell, New Mexico, we stopped by the official Visitor Center. A wonderful representative there helped us plan a new route–the Billy the Kid Scenic Byway, which runs through the Hondo Valley region and includes the town of Lincoln New Mexico, where Billy the Kid got his start as an ...

 

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Pecos, Texas: A Tiny Oasis in the Wilds of West Texas

Pecos, Texas: A Tiny Oasis in the Wilds of West Texas

July 17, 2011 No Comments Dad and I learned a very interesting lesson during our Western adventure this summer: Texas is a big state. Of course, we already knew the facts and figures, but maps simply do not do it justice. Even more importantly, we learned that West Texas is desolate. When we left San Antonio, headed for Carlsbad, New ...

 

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La Costa Resort and Spa – Carlsbad, California

La Costa Resort and Spa – Carlsbad, California

July 11, 2011 No Comments There is a place in Southern California that beckons with fresh ocean breezes, endless blue skies, and discreet elegance set within 400 acres of lush landscaping: La Costa Resort and Spa. Located in the picturesque beach town of Carlsbad, California, this resort captures Southern California’s charm and energy beautifully. I stayed here with my family ...

 

Native American Mystery: Three Rivers Petroglyphs, New Mexico

Native American Mystery: Three Rivers Petroglyphs, New Mexico

July 9, 2011 No Comments The Three Rivers Petroglyph Site is in the middle of nowhere, along Highway 54 between Carrizozo and Tularosa, New Mexico. Managed by the Bureau of Land Management, the site’s tiny budget does not leave room for a Visitor Center, gift shop or restaurant. But there are clean restrooms and a small ranger station staffed by ...

 

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