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I Have Landed!

My first landing site: New Mexico. Seems appropriate enough since some would say that I am alien-ish. After a medical appointment in Albuquerque, I traveled to the mountains in Central Colorado for a week.I am staying with friends who spoil me with home-cooked meals and insanely delicious strong coffee. Tango loves their dog Cody, and yesterday…

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Tangos Turn: Sunday Outing

  note: Tango is my dog and the following is his perspective   I won’t complain about being left alone while J visits the nursing home because she already feels guilty enough. Besides, we walk several times each day, and she plans special outings every week. She is trying to care for me too, and…

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Tire City

Akron was the tire capital of the world while I was growing up here. All the big names manufactured tires 24-7, leaving a perpetual tire smell if the wind came from the east.   The first companies started up in the late 1800s, right before the auto and tire boom.By 1950, 130 rubber-related companies set…

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Spokane!

By returning to Spokane I completed the circle that I began last August–a long journey that changed me from the inside out. Or, maybe, it laid me bare by peeling off, from the outside in, the layers that accumulated over the decades. Maybe both. Either way, I am glad for it. The best part of…

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Full-Circle Day

I hear through a sleepy haze: It is 2:30 AM. Beep beep beep. It is 2:30 AM. I press the snooze button on my talking phone alarm two times. The time is now 2:40 AM, and I wiggle myself up from the floor-level bed in the van. Shoes on. Computer and glasses tucked away in…

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Travel Tales: Lake Valley Ghostown, NM

Want to see a cool and fairly intact ghost town? One of the best is Lake Valley, NM, which is just north of Deming, NM. Gringo miners came into NM in the late 1800s and one of them found a huge silver lode in this mountain basin. Others followed and the town grew. From the official…

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Travel Tales: Hillsboro, New Mexico

  After our stay at Percha Dam State Park, my friends Betty and Sharon headed north, back to Colorado. I headed west, towards the mountainous Gila National Forest and Silver City on Hwy 152. The road wound back and forth, over the Black Mountains. However, the eastern slope of the National Forest was parched and…