Cocktails in Santa Fe
Oct29

Cocktails in Santa Fe

A Drink in Santa Fe, New Mexico The bitters, on my pale hand, are dark like blackberry juice and sorghum molasses. I rub my sticky palms together and smell them. Cinnamon, willowbark, coffee. For an instant I step into another world. Flashing back to the present, I race after my bartender as he beckons me to his dim-lit kingdom filled with hiss and foam, fruit and flame. My cocktail, when it comes, is a flashy deep purple. Chris...

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Morelli’s Trattoria, Ellensburg
Jul31

Morelli’s Trattoria, Ellensburg

Ellensburg Washington Ellensburg Washington will always be my small sleepy town with a stomach made for southern hospitality, and a heart made for the mountaineer. Located in a valley surrounded by steep rolling hills, dangerous-looking ridges and dissected by rivers and streams; this town is known for being minutes from hiking, biking, climbing and river rafting. And once my, and everyone else’s, adventures are over, it’s nice to...

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Mardi Gras in Lake Charles, Louisiana
Apr10

Mardi Gras in Lake Charles, Louisiana

Mardi Gras in Lake Charles, Louisiana Heading to Lake Charles, Louisiana Flash floods saturated nearby fields as my plane slammed onto the runway. Disappointment flooded my soul. Maybe my friends knew something I didn’t? See – my friends’ faces lit up at the mention of Mardi Gras but dimmed when I announced I was celebrating in Lake Charles, Louisiana, instead of New Orleans. Arriving shaken but safe, squeaky sounds of wet feet...

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Jupiter Hotel in Portland, Oregon
Mar31

Jupiter Hotel in Portland, Oregon

Jupiter Hotel – Portland, Oregon Unique Hotel in Portland “How’s the faux spring weather treating you?” the barista asked as she took my order. Like any Pacific Northwest resident I revel in the unexpected combination of warm temperatures and sunshine during late winter. “Perfect” I reply, returning her smile. Portland is a heavily caffeinated town, percolated in coffee and smiles. This mind-set is...

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Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon
Mar24

Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon

Leaving Las Vegas – For the Grand Canyon The Road to Grand Canyon National Park I was jolted awake from my deep slumber when the bus hit the unpaved road. The bus driver explained that the last leg to the Grand Canyon from Las Vegas was a 10 mile stretch of raw rough terrain. The bus continued to bounce along like an old covered wagon in a classic Western movie. The other adventurers on the bus laughed and smiled as they looked...

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