American Southwest

Mary on June 5th, 2011

The King William Historic District is one of the many little neighborhoods in San Antonio, Texas that is worth a stroll.  This little enclave begs you to explore on foot, especially if you like a variety of residential architecture.  Each home has its own unique flavor in this area that was first settled by wealthy […]

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Mary on May 4th, 2011

Yes, that’s right.  This town claims the title “too tough to die”.  Tombstone, Arizona.  It rose as a boom town during the heyday of mining in the United States.  In the 1870s and 1880s…Tombstone came to fame as silver was discovered, and later as the site of the infamous 30-second gunfight at the OK Corral. […]

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Mary on February 19th, 2011

Yes, Galveston has a Mardi Gras, too.  Who knew?!?  Complete with parades full of marching bands, costumed krewe members on floats, and the roller derby team.  Oh, and how could I forget…Mardi Gras beads.  We developed quite a collection at the parade.  We opted for the “family friendly” parade held mid-day on Saturday.  Wow – […]

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Mary on January 23rd, 2011

Not far from the city center where I explored the San Antonio River Walk, The Alamo, and El Mercado marketplace, I arrived at the San Antonio Botanical Garden via the trolley system. This day of adventure started on board the trolley. This is where I met the Pentecostal women. Seriously, this is what they dubbed […]

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Mary on January 17th, 2011

Five Catholic missions were established along the San Antonio River in the early 1700s.  I visited four during my exploration of this historic Texas city.  Catholic missions are part church, part farm, and part fort, and were established to expand Spanish influence north from Mexico. They are found throughout the American Southwest. San Antonio de […]

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Mary on December 31st, 2010

I’ve got a slight case of cabin fever, and thought this would be the ideal moment to let my mind wander into the future. Conjure up some adventures for 2011.  Some realistic, some a reach, some to get the creative juices flowing… Yosemite Photo credit: o0o0xmods0o0o from On my docket for several years now.  […]

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Mary on December 30th, 2010

San Antonio is full of sites that fit my personality perfectly. It has history and interesting architecture at The Alamo and Catholic missions, cool neighborhoods to explore on foot, shopping with a local flair at El Mercado, and natural creations at the botanical garden. This city meets all my needs, and this trip ranks as […]

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Death Valley, one of the strangest places on earth. There are stark variations in the geology here. Mountains, desert, volcanic craters, salt flats, alluvial fans, badlands, canyons, sand dunes, and so much more.

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Mary on September 5th, 2010

Death Valley National Park offers a lot of variety for those who like to explore geological wonders and discover unique bits of American history. You can hike into the back country, but you can also have a very full experience without hiking at all. Climb sand dunes, experience amazingly cool breezes over the Ubehebe Crater, discover a variety of geologic creations, and visit the lowest inland elevation in North America (Badwater…282 feet below sea level). Explore the history of Mustard Canyon, where Chinese laborers harvested long-standing deposits of Borax until this natural resource was fully depleted. Form your own opinion of the legend of Scotty’s Castle. You may even see some wildlife in this intriguing place with the unfortunate name of Death Valley.

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Mary on July 14th, 2010

The White Dove of the Desert, aka Mission San Xavier del Bac, is one of the many Catholic missions in the American Southwest. It’s part of a series of missions trailing north into Arizona from Mexico. The White Dove was founded by Franciscan friars in the late 1700s, and continues as an active Catholic church […]

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