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Pointing Southwest Travelers in the Right Direction
Houston: We Did Not Have A Problem
Virgin Galactic will soon make space travel a possibility for… well, not the average person because the price tag is prohibitive, but people who don’t work for NASA. Currently, 580 folk have placed their deposits on tourism trips into space.
I don’t do caves. In my cheerful mind, they’re all unstable mining tunnels that could collapse on me at any moment, leaving me to suffocate to death in a stone coffin. So although friends and family have raved about the wonders of Carlsbad Caverns National Park, there were logistical issues. For example, they were underground.
El Rancho de las Golondrinas: A Stroll Through History
Dust off your high school Spanish textbook and try to remember something from history class – besides six of the forty-four presidents. We’re stepping back in time with a little help from a rancho south of Santa Fe.
Although I appreciate the culture, foodie scene, and endless options available in large cities, there are also times when I crave peace from the bustle. I am drawn to pockets of calm to break up that ‘get there yesterday,’ atmosphere that is characteristic of a metropolis.
Water whispered against the sand. I raised my head to absorb the snow-tipped Sierra Nevada Mountains encircling the lake. The contrast was incongruous. A quick trespass into the water, made the juxtaposition less bizarre. The temperature proved a bracing reminder that I was more than six thousand feet above sea level and that this water – tolerable up to knee depth – probably once capped those same mountains.
Everyone knows the name Thomas Edison, the American inventor who held over one thousand patents for inventions spanning communications, electrical systems, filming equipment and musical devices. The ‘Wizard of Menlo Park’ undoubtedly changed both history and culture.
I know New Orleans isn’t in the Southwest, but I wanted to try out a new lens for my camera, one that produces amazing special effects. What better city to add some fog, romance or mystery to than New Orleans?