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Albuquerque: The Really Good Stuff

Albuquerque: The Really Good Stuff

There’s something about the last day of a trip that lights a fire under your butt.  So with the sunrise, I sought to make the most of my last day in Albuquerque. And that means I start with a good breakfast. Ok, a really good […]

Santa Fe: The Really Good Stuff

Santa Fe: The Really Good Stuff

It was a short walk from my hotel to breakfast at Cafe Pascal’s, right on Santa Fe Plaza–the heart of downtown. This is a popular place so centrally located, dressed to the nines in New Mexican flair, and with awesome service.  I had to doorbust […]

Road Americana (quick pictorial)

Road Americana (quick pictorial)

I love everything about being on the road. I get to eat everything up, using all my senses.  And things are old and rundown yet ooze life. And there is weirdness, an endless supply of weirdness. Style and colors Textures Color Function Oh and this […]

Cowboys, Donuts, Petroglyphs, Fajitas in New Mexico

Cowboys, Donuts, Petroglyphs, Fajitas in New Mexico

Today I heading back north from Roswell, New Mexico towards Albuquerque, I came upon these two cowboys having a squabble across Highway 285.  Now, if I pulled over for everything that piqued my interest on the road, I would never get anywhere!  Colors, textures, abandoned […]

Roswell, New Mexico

Roswell, New Mexico

That is me hanging on to the matriarch of this family during a UFO encounter.  Yes, I’m in Roswell, New Mexico.  Being a fan of the strange and unusual, Roswell has been on my list of places to visit for quite some time.  Well I […]

Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Carlsbad Caverns National Park

My 23rd National Park: Carlsbad Caverns. Every time I go to a new National Park I say to myself, “This is the most beautiful place I’ve ever seen.” And it’s true, at the time. But this place, this time is just… (resisting urge to deconstruct […]

Heading South: White Sands National Monument

Heading South: White Sands National Monument

A visit to White Sands National Monument, 100 miles north of the Mexican border, had more enchanting views, more blue sky backdrop.  This state is so varied in its beauty.  Standing within these stark white sand dunes was a thing of fantasy.  It’s like you’re […]

Cosmic Roadside Attraction: Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array

Cosmic Roadside Attraction: Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array

Though I’d love to say that I joined Fox and Scully in the New Mexican desert to discover a mysterious and striking field of giant radio antennae pointing to our dear sky–emitting, absorbing, tracking… The possibility of an intricate and expansive government conspiracy is alluring. […]

Day 2 in the Land of Enchantment: “Beautiful.”

Day 2 in the Land of Enchantment: “Beautiful.”

My second day in New Mexico was absolutely beautiful. With a bright blue sky behind all I did, I ended the day sun-drunk and in awe, again, of this country, her land. I realized that I can hike devotedly for hours for the reward of […]

Ancient Culture & Upscale Vegan Options

Ancient Culture & Upscale Vegan Options

New Mexico has preserved remnants of countless ancient peoples. From the prehistoric Clovis Man to the Anasazi, ancestral Puebloans, the number of historical sites in the area is mind-blowing. One of the Anasazi, the Chaco Culture, inhabited Chaco Canyon in current day New Mexico during […]

Roaming About the Bisti/De-Na-Zin Badlands in New Mexico

Roaming About the Bisti/De-Na-Zin Badlands in New Mexico

In the northwest corner of New Mexico, just east of the Navajo Nation, is 45,000 acres of wild land: the Bisti/De-Na-Zin Badlands. 70 million years ago the land was a river delta from an inland sea that used to flow from the present-day Arctic Ocean to […]

<b>Traveling {Vegan} Series:</b> Preparation 1: Pack Wisely

Traveling {Vegan} Series: Preparation 1: Pack Wisely

I have said before and I will say it again, it over and over and over.  This country is absolutely breathtaking.  Though the densely populated urban and suburban landscapes are mostly my backdrop, I crave to be within all that is wild, remote, and free.  […]

Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

On a warm morning this past July, I tried my luck at obtaining a timed entry pass to the new Smithsonian museum in Washington D.C., National Museum of African American History and Culture.  I had been excited about the museum since seeing a segment on […]

The Capital of the United States of America

The Capital of the United States of America

It was kind of hard for me not to hum the intro to House of Cards during my visit. It is kind of the best part of the show. The Capital building peeks out. The White House.  Whoopie. Washington’s phallic monument The National Mall, Lincoln’s Memorial […]

Birthday in Ulster County/Woodstock Farm Sanctuary

Birthday in Ulster County/Woodstock Farm Sanctuary

New York’s Ulster County is rich with worthy day trip destinations. And it is just far enough from the City’s hustle and bustle without being too much of a roundtrip drive. Because I have been visiting since I was in high school (My first serious […]

Autumn in the Air

Autumn in the Air

It’s my birthday, so we went Up.  Arriving at dawn Baskets Ready for some hot air Our chariot awaits Heat rises On our way Fire ball A smooth ascent Foliage Trees and basket High over the highway Balloons in the distance North Face advertisement Back […]

Phoenixville: A Cute Small Town With Vegan Eats

Phoenixville: A Cute Small Town With Vegan Eats

An hour from Philadelphia is the lovely borough of Phoenixville. Once the site of iron and steel mills, Phoenixville now has a thriving downtown strip containing diverse eateries, watering holes, and breweries. And some vegan eats! It is one of those places that feel like […]

Undead in Reading, Pennsylvania

Undead in Reading, Pennsylvania

A friend and I were official registered zombies for the 5K obstacle course Zombie Mud Run in Reading, Pennsylvania, part of the 26-year running premiere haunted attraction Shocktoberfest.  Our task: arrive early, become a zombie… and grab the brains, heart and entrails (flags) of the registered human […]

A Fond Farewell to Summer: I can tell you my love for you will still be strong after the selfies of summer have gone.

A Fond Farewell to Summer: I can tell you my love for you will still be strong after the selfies of summer have gone.

This is kind of how summer is… and kind how the days after summer are, too. They are potent… and in the rear view seem further away when they’re gone. Seeing pictures from the summer once the school year starts is surreal.  Time passes with a […]

Through Pennsylvania

Through Pennsylvania

I’ve likely been through Pennsylvania’s interstates the most frequently of all the states. But today I planned some stops to break up an otherwise long, boring drive into chunks. Starting from Pittsburgh in Western PA, I first headed to Shanksville, the crash site of the […]

Neon & Steel [And Some Food]

Neon & Steel [And Some Food]

I woke up in Cincinnati, Ohio and went to bed in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This means that, likely, I will spend tomorrow evening in my own bed. New York. Though I am squeezing in brief stops as I pass through, this excursion is winding down. But […]

Reading the American Landscape [Kentucky]

Reading the American Landscape [Kentucky]

Wigwam Village No. 2 in Cave City, Kentucky, a themed motel of Route 66, is still operational.   The abandoned Haunted Hotel attraction also in Cave City. It is open to explore, but an adorable grey tabby kitten was guarding the door.  Overgrowth A sinister […]

The Great American Eclipse is here!

The Great American Eclipse is here!

I spent my day in Gallatin, Tennessee in the line of totality during the Great American Eclipse.  Since I traveled far and prepared a lot, I thought it best to get there at 2:45 a.m., joined only by singing crickets and several other eclipse chasers […]

When in Rome, do as the Romans.  So when in Nashville…

When in Rome, do as the Romans. So when in Nashville…

Cowboy boot outfitters are all over the place in Nashville–every style, color, bedazzled, and traditional. But, dear readers, would Nashville have vegan cowboy boots? (…suspenseful music…) As I perused the rainbow of boots, mostly to temporarily bask in the air conditioning and escape the sweltering […]