Thursday, October 8, 2020

Travel Tip for Using Phone's GPS in a Rental Car


Last time I was in North Carolina, I noticed that my son had this clever cell phone holder that mounted to his car's air vent. That seemed like a great idea, so when I was in the 99 cent store here in Tucson I found this one for just a dollar. 

It works really well and is small enough to be portable so I can take it on trips when I have car rentals that are not equipped with GPS. It's hard to go wrong with a dollar investment that, at just four inches long, takes up next to no space in my suitcase!


Sunday, July 12, 2020

Flying into the Heart of a Pandemic

ORD Airport in Chicago has restrooms that encourage social distancing. Each sink faucet is flanked on the left by a soap dispenser and on the right by your own private hand dryer!

* (See update at end of article.) Being a human cork at the end of a bungee cord holds no appeal for me. I'd sky-dive only if someone blindfolded me and shoved me out the airplane door. Even being on a stepladder produces a frisson of fear these days. The only courage I ever exhibit is when I "forget" to balance my checkbook each month and simply hope for the best. So, it was with trepidation that I decided to fly on one of the busiest weekends of the year, July Fourth, during a pandemic when doctors reported skyrocketing cases of Covid every day.

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Alaska or Mexico?

 Since the only traveling I'm doing during the pandemic of 2020 is virtually, I'm rereading some early blog pieces and publishing ones I think are worthy of a second look.This was my first visit to Alaska when I could not help but compare it to my newly adopted home in Mexico.

A rare sunny day in Alaska.

I leaned from the bed and stretched a hand towards the window to pull back the “darkening” shade, then plucked apart the slats of the blind with two fingers. Would I find rain or sunshine? My cousins and I planned a trip to Glacier Gardens, but it wouldn’t be much fun in a cold rain.

“You might get one day of sunshine a week,” a wizened sourdough told us when we first arrived in Alaska, “if you’re lucky.” I guess the Weather Channel web site hadn’t made a typo when the ten-day forecast for Southeastern Alaska predicted rain every single day.

I knew this part of Alaska was a rain forest, but I was hoping the rain always fell at night the way it does in Ajijic. Mexico. Actually it always did fall at night. And in the morning and in the afternoon and in the evening.

Friday, June 19, 2020

Death on a Sunday Afternoon

Since the only traveling I'm doing during the pandemic of 2020 is virtually, I'm rereading some early blog pieces and publishing ones I think are worthy of a second look.

The bull that will die this afternoon must have thought he’d survived the worst that could happen. He’d lived on a ranch for three years with no human contact. Yesterday, when he was forced into a truck, the men using metal prods remained hidden. Being shoved into a truck after a life on the open range is frightening. Bulls resist. One died yesterday as a result of the manipulation and another lost one of his horns.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Phoebe's Fun Finds

One of Phoebe's and my favorite stores in Florence, Italy!
My friend Phoebe seldom sits still. She divides her time between her two houses—one in Mexico and the other in Maryland—but doesn't like to spend too much time in either one if she can be traveling instead.

Monday, July 1, 2019

NM Vignettes--Beyond the Middle of Nowhere

If you want to truly get away from it all, I think you can't do better than Silver City, New Mexico, a surprisingly metropolitan gem of a town where fewer than 10,000 people make their home.The walk-friendly historic downtown has only one flashing red light to monitor traffic, no stoplights, and lots of friendly shop owners ready to welcome you to their antique shops, thrift stores, two used bookstores, artists' galleries, and bars and restaurants.

NM Vignettes -- Visiting the Pottery Pueblos

You can go to a boutique in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and buy a three-inch Santa Clara black pot for $200, or you can go to the Santa Clara Pueblo and get it for $100. Or, you can do what David, my fiance, and I did, and buy nothing at all! We still enjoyed the hunt though, especially since the Pueblo was only a ten-minute drive from our Airbnb. Here's how to do it.

NM Vignettes -- Taos Pueblo

The Taos Pueblo is the longest, continuously occupied Pueblo in the Western Hemisphere, and David and I met several of the people who still live there today.

NM Vignettes -- Meow Wolf Interactive Art Museum

We fell down the rabbit hole today but didn't mind in the least. David and I strolled through a refrigerator and crawled through a fireplace to get to the land of the dragons. If you're in Santa Fe, you'lll want to do the same thing at this interactive art museum called Meow Wolf.

David begins the descent into the rabbit hole!

NM Vignettes -- Santuario de Chimayo

Holy cow, holy mackerel, holy crap, yes, but we never heard of holy dirt until today.

It seems that back in the 1800s, a priest found a crucifix on this site that he moved to a church. The next day the cross magically appeared back at its original site.

 This happened three times until everyone finally gave up and decided the cross was where it was supposed to be. It was declared a miracle and the site was considered sacred ground. Believers come from around the world to pay their respects.