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Christmas in Colorado

Snow made its way into our holiday plans and the chill and snow finally caught up to us. A fresh blanket of snow covered Boulder on Christmas Day, a beautiful site to behold.

While visiting our son, Nixon, we decided to prepare a traditional Christmas dinner with all the trimmings at Nixon’s apartment. And a memorable meal it was….using the resources available at the bachelor pad, Eric worked his magic and prepared a roasted turkey breast in an iron skillet, mashed potatoes made up in a mason jar and fresh brussels spouts sautéed in a cake pan, and egg noodles made in “normal” sauce pan….it was delicious, comforting, and simple.

We gathered around our Charlie Brown Christmas tree (we brought along a pine branch from West Virginia) and shared a very simple, very sweet Christmas. Nixon treated us to a night out on Pearl Street at the Bohemian Biergarten Sunday Night Comedy Show. There were four great acts that kept us laughing. Thanks Nixon!

All in all a great holiday, considering this was the first holiday away from the old country and extended family in over 50 years.

Aspen bound for New Years,

Eric and Lori

Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe NM

A local artist and celebrity of sorts, Georgia O’Keeffe (b.1887-d.1986) made Santa Fe, NM her home in the 1940s at a place called the Ghost Ranch, which served as a muse for many of her paintings. Her art reflects the majestic beauty of the New Mexico landscape. Her namesake museum houses many of her works along with a collection of photographs taken in the 1960’s by photographers Ansel Adams and her husband, Alfred Stieglitz.

The museum docent took time to share additional information about the O’Keeffe collection and introduced us to an exhibit by Miguel Cavarrubias, another modernism artist, but specializing in caricatures and illustrations. A fascinating collection and legacy for this Mexican artist whom became friends with Georgia O’Keeffe. She advocated his talent and in return escalated his popularity.

Enjoying tales of modernism,

Eric and Lori

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Santa Fe, NM

Northern New Mexico offers a stunning landscape that has served as a muse to artists for centuries. Artisans of every medium flock here as the city and surrounding communities embrace the artistic spirit and encourage creativity. 

We traveled to the Pesos National Historic Park, just south of Santa Fe. The park offered a great self-guided tour of the cultural crossroads of Pueblo Indians, Spanish conquerors and missionaries, and Mexican and Anglo armies traveling the Santa Fe trail. While walking this historic soil, one can’t help but imagine the life of the early Native American, who also embraced artistic expression. This historic monument had Kivas, a vented underground room used for ceremonies and social space. The park allows visitors to enter a kiva, just as our predecessors did. The round room was filled with centuries of spiritually charged energy that channels to all those who enter.

It’s easy to see why so many flock to northern New Mexico for inspiration. The mountains of Santa Fe are absolutely breathtaking filled with mystery, history, and aesthetics beyond imagination.

Feeling like Lewis and Clark,

Eric and Lori

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Santa Fe, NM

Northern New Mexico offers a stunning landscape that has served as a muse to artists for centuries. Artisans of every medium flock here as the city and surrounding communities embrace the artistic spirit and encourage creativity. 

We traveled to the Pesos National Historic Park, just south of Santa Fe. The park offered a great self-guided tour of the cultural crossroads of Pueblo Indians, Spanish conquerors and missionaries, and Mexican and Anglo armies traveling the Santa Fe trail. While walking this historic soil, one can’t help but imagine the life of the early Native American, who also embraced artistic expression. This historic monument had Kivas, a vented underground room used for ceremonies and social space. The park allows visitors to enter a kiva, just as our predecessors did. The round room was filled with centuries of spiritually charged energy that channels to all those who enter.

It’s easy to see why so many flock to northern New Mexico for inspiration. The mountains of Santa Fe are absolutely breathtaking filled with mystery, history, and aesthetics beyond imagination.

Feeling like Lewis and Clark,

Eric and Lori

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Batty about Austin TX

We spent the day in wandering about downtown Austin on foot; quite the walk friendly city. Known for more than just music, Austin’s (Ann Richards) Congress Avenue Bridge acts as the guardian to the largest urban bat colony in North America. Up to one million bats fly at dusk between April – October. We didn’t see any bats but we did admire the bridge from the Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge which crosses the Colorado River.

Being sheltered from urban choices for so long, we are thrilled when we make a new discovery of the “grocer kind”. We discovered Whole Foods! Yes, we were like children in a toy store, and yes, we wanted everything! Needless to say, the shopping experience at Whole Foods was delicious and delightful.

As we stood at the corner of 6th and Bowie looking lost, we were approached by a Austin local -good samaritan (whole foods employee) asking if we needed directions. She graciously gave us tips on food, music, and recreation in the area. She was the perfect ambassador for Austin.

We left Austin heading north to Amarillo with a scheduled stop at the Cadillac Ranch. (Thanks for the recommendation Roadtrippers) Located along Route 40, the Cadillac Ranch is an interactive roadside art exhibit of ten early model Cadillac’s buried nose down in the dirt. This project originated in 1974 by three members of the art group Ant Farm. Visitors are encouraged to express themselves through spray paint on the historical layers of art.

Artistically heading west,

Eric and Lori Malcolm

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Remember the Alamo. 

San Antonio, TX. We love this place! It’s where history and rustic romance collide into a spiritual experience of food, festival, and freedom.

Remember The Alamo….

How can one forget the courage of the strong-willed men and women of American’s early evolution who made the ultimate sacrifice inside the walls of the Alamo compound. As we strolled through the plaza, Carolers serenaded us with traditional songs of peace on earth and good will. It was inspiring.

We made our way to the River Walk along the San Antonio River under the streets of downtown. The sidewalks were lined with luminaries and the trees were adorned with festive lights twinkling in the reflection of the water. With so many fabulous restaurant choices along the river, we dined at Barriba Cantina, a Mexican inspired establishment overlooking the River Walk. Finally, a meal worth mentioning! With character and heat, the food was sensational, spicy, and satisfying.

For all the Bausch and Lomb employees who made the trip to San Antonio in the 90’s, Dick’s Last Resort is still situated along the River Walk and still entertaining out-of-towners. Memories…

Touring Texas,

Eric and Lori

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Port Aransas, TX and Padre Island, TX

First time we’ve seen camping on the beach…and I mean right on the beach. There were tents and campers setup just out of the tides reach. Also, we drove 10 miles down the beach to the next access Rd on Mustang Island, at times it was almost like driving in the snow back in the old country…the sand was treacherous at 70 degrees along the sunny waters of the Gulf.
As part of the National Seashore, Padre Island is 60 miles of drivable primitive beach. I was surprised to read that I was not allowed to use a metal detector on the beach but I could carry a firearm, go figure. Sadly to say, the beach was somewhat littered with trash…but more specifically, latex balloons…if anyone out there is planning to release balloons, for any reason, please reconsider; the impact on nature is brutal.

Living on the edge,

Eric and Lori

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Galveston, oh Galveston….

We made our way to the beach on
Galveston Island, situated along the the Gulf of Mexico. This place has seen its share of bad luck, with two direct hits by hurricanes. The 1900 hurricane, simple referred to as the “big one” killed more than 8,000 people. The next direct hit was again in 2008 with Hurricane Ike. You can still see evidence of the disasters but in a positive way. Many of the hundred year old trees were destroyed but local artists created wood sculptures from the surviving branches and stumps to create stunning art pieces throughout the city.

Oh, and there is a local law, no camels on the beach….

Eric and Lori

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The Best Thing in Louisiana!

As we make our way south, first stop Shreveport, Louisiana. Best thing in Louisiana – family! We met up with our nieces…first time in ten years to find that they’ve blossomed into mature beautiful women! Wow, where does the time go. And we met our great nice and nephew Lily and John for the first time…they stole our hearts! And a shout out to Josh at Copeland’s…it was great meeting you too.

Also, worth mentioning, first time to a Chipotle Mexican Grill in Shreveport and loved it. A farm to face concept restaurant, the chain is known for supporting local farmers. Delicious. We like that.

Next stop, Texas!

Eric and Lori

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Crater of Diamonds, Arkansas

Back in the saddle again… After reconnecting with family for a bounty of blessings we were anxious to get back to exploring the open road. With Maryland in the rear view mirror, we continue the journey.

This leg of the tour takes us to Colorado via Louisiana, Texas, and New Mexico. Our first night on the road we stopped off at Cave City, KY. Thought it would be great to kick back with a few beers and some popcorn…..we asked the hotel clerk where to get beer and it was a 45 minute drive to another county. Our first dry county!

Crater of Diamonds State Park, Murfreesboro, AR

A volcano erupted millions of years ago spewing diamonds and other precious gems during the eruption over a 36-acre field, now open to the public. Over 30,000 diamonds have been found since 1972. Equipped with our prospecting tools (thanks Tom and Marilyn) we spent a few hours digging in the dirt. We didn’t find any diamonds, but we did find Jasper, Agate, Quartz, Calcite. It felt good to have our hands in the dirt!

Prospecting Rocks!
Eric and Lori Malcolm

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