Spain and Transatlantic Cruise

January 12, 2014

Our most recent expedition was a trip to Spain for a transatlantic cruise on Celebrity Equinox.  I have attached a quick review.  If you are interested in the details of the ship, you can find a review with more ship information on Cruise Critic.  Spain is wonderful.


Hidden Gem – Ruby Mountains

July 7, 2013
Lamoille Canyon Drive

Lamoille Canyon Drive

 We recently returned from a trip to Oregon.  The drive to and from Oregon is a long two days from Colorado, so we try to break it up into at least three days and do some sightseeing on the way.  This trip we went through Klamath Falls, Oregon; Elko, Nevada; and Vernal,  Utah.  The drive was interesting: we saw wild burros, a bald eagle, lakes, mountains, desert, and dinosaur bones.  After spending the night in Elko, we drove through Lamoille Canyon in the Ruby Mountains.  The area is beautiful and the drive made a good side trip.  The canyon is glacial in origin so the landscape is rugged.  The drive took about 2 hours with several stops for the views.  It would be a great place to hike, too.

13-06-163 Lamoille Canypn Drive

Waterfall Lamoille Canyon

SE Asia Cruise

April 26, 2013

We recently returned from an amazing cruise on Celebrity Millenium to South East Asia. Click on the link to the short version of my review of our trip to SE Asia. The long version is 5 pages without pictures, so I will spare you!

Manitou Springs, Colorado

July 21, 2012

We didn’t travel far to get to Manitou Springs, but going there for dinner last night reminded me what a fun place it is.  Manitou is a quintessential tourist town with lots of little shops, restaurants, bars.  In Manitou they are all locally owned, there are no chains!  A huge arcade has all kinds of video games, pin ball, skee ball and other entertainment.  The shops sell all the standard tourist items:  tshirts, knick knacks, and toys.  But there are other stores that sell local pottery, jewelry, soaps, hand-made clothing, kitchenware, wine, and even dulcimers.  You can easily spend a day poking around the shops.  The restaurants have Mexican food, pizza, middle eastern food, steak, fondu, burgers, wild game, and almost anything else you want.  We had a great dinner of cheese and meats at Swirl Wine Bar.  The town was evacuated for a short time during the recent fire, but everything is back to normal now.

Here is the city’s website Manitou Springs.

Loneliest Highway

June 24, 2012

We recently drove to the West Coast across US 50 from south of Colorado Springs to Sacramento.  The stretch in Nevada is known as the loneliest highway in the US.  I have been on roads that had less traffic, but probably not a US Highway.  It is a really interesting drive.  We drove through Great Basin National Park and stopped to hike the Bristlecone trail which is a beautiful hike.  Unfortunately, snow covered parts of the trail so we weren’t able to make it all the way to the Bristlecone Pines.  Going across Nevada we passed historic Opera Houses,  Pony Express Stations, Stagecoach stops, and petroglyph sites.  While the road may be lonely, it doesn’t have to be boring.  We finished the route at Lake Tahoe which is one of my favorite lakes.  If you have the chance this is a great road trip.

Eastern and Southern Caribbean

April 13, 2012

We just returned from a cruise to the Eastern and Southern Caribbean out of Fort Lauderdale.  We had a great time at the ports.  We enjoyed the warmth and the sightseeing.  The air was hazy which the guides said was due to sand out of the Sahara.

We went on Holland America, which we did not enjoy as much as Celebrity or Royal Caribbean.  It was good, just not great.

The Blue Goat

March 1, 2012

We recently flew to Oregon to visit our new grand-daughter and her parents.  We had a great time with them and also had a little time to sightsee and eat out.  We had a great lunch at The Blue Goat in Amity and then visited Amity Vineyards.  They do serve some goat.  We had a goat empanada that was really good and then split a wonderful grilled cheese and tomato soup.  The whole meal was great.  Amity Vineyard is really interesting.  The wine was very good.  It feels more like a real winery than the fancy tasting rooms so many wineries have.  The young woman who helped us was great!  She know a lot about the wine.  We could only bring a couple of bottles home since we were flying, but we may go back.