A Bit of This and That in La Quinta, California

A Bit of This and That in La Quinta, California

After two months in 4 different locations in Arizona, we arrived in La Quinta Cove, California for a 6-week stay in a great Airbnb on December 22. This longer stay allowed for Ds mom, Mary Vee, to stay with us for a few weeks, and for us to enjoy extended downtime.

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Tucson Bound

Tucson Bound

We left Albuquerque on October 14 and traveled to Tucson. About 90 minutes south of Albuquerque and near the city of Socorro we stopped at the Bosque Del Apache National Wildlife Refuge and spent time driving the site as well as enjoying the many marsh habitat viewing areas.

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Albuquerque Part II

Albuquerque Part II

Annual ABQ Grecian Festival held at St. George Greek Orthodox Church – just a walk away from our home. After seeing our first morning session over at the Balloon Fiesta, we stopped in at the Greek Orthodox Church to enjoy the food, traditional dance, and music. This made for a fun way to cap off our very long and very busy first day in ABQ. Opa!

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Carried Away In Albuquerque

Carried Away In Albuquerque

We arrived in Albuquerque, New Mexico (ABQ round these parts), from Chama on October 5 and spent 9 nights at an Airbnb between old town and downtown. We’re here to check off another of those bucket list type things at the Annual International Balloon Fiesta, held this year from October 6 through 14.

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A Chimney Rock and a Scenic Railway

A Chimney Rock and a Scenic Railway

After 2 weeks in Colorado Springs, on September 26, it was time for us to continue south to Pagosa Springs. We popped in here earlier this year for 3 days, and D enjoyed the trail riding so we went back for a week-long stay. On this visit, we managed to finally explore Chimney Rock National Monument, D rode the trails, we hiked, and I did a bit of running.

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Pikes Peak Country

Pikes Peak Country

September 12, we checked out of the condo in Boulder, Colorado and drove to our next home base in Colorado Springs. Last year we stopped here for one night, before heading north to Boulder for our niece’s wedding, and knew we needed to come back and stay awhile. On this visit, we were here for 2 whole weeks - our longest stop since we left Sedona in May!

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A Boulder, Colorado Welcome

A Boulder, Colorado Welcome

We began our day with the first snowfall of the season on the hills above us in Breckenridge and it was spectacular! After checking out of our home on September 5, we spent time walking around Breck, and I donated a copy of my book It Is What It Is to the local library as I do in towns we stay in.

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Colorado Rocky Mountain High

Colorado Rocky Mountain High

Our first visit to Colorado was last June to attend the wedding of our niece. Being outdoors types, we just had to come back and spend some serious time in this Rocky Mountain paradise. Remember our visit to the great state of Texas last spring for 5 weeks in 6 different locations, this time around you’ll be able to follow our escapades in Colorado for 6 weeks in 5 different locations: Steamboat Springs, Breckenridge, Boulder, Colorado Springs, and Pagosa Springs. Looks like a springy September!

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The Glacier National Park Visit That Didn’t Happen

The Glacier National Park Visit That Didn’t Happen

The night before we left Whistler, BC a massive thunderstorm hit a good portion of the Pacific Northwest including Glacier National Park setting off a firestorm with smoke traveling for miles in all directions. What was supposed to be our first visit to this illustrious park became an unknown as we traveled across British Columbia staying in Kamloops on August 12 then Invermere.

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