Sunny Scottsdale, Arizona

I was in Scottsdale last week for a business trip. I lived in the Phoenix Metro Area many years ago.  It was fun to revisit old haunts and see the changes in the city.  If you are looking for a warm place to spend the winter,  Scottsdale is very attractive. Although the conference was at a Paradise Valley Resort, I stayed in Old Town Scottsdale.  I quite enjoyed walking around the area.  Several years ago my nephew graduated from the prestigious award-winning Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Institute  and my family enjoyed a few days together in celebration.  Food is a big …

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Beat the Heat at Ranger Creek

It was 90 degrees here  on Saturday so we drove up to Ranger Creek for a picnic  lunch. 71 degrees felt cool!  Flood watches are in effect due to the snow melt and warmer temperatures so fishing is not really an option this early in the season. Hiking is muddy and wet, too. We saw three deer grazing on the drive out. A lot of times we see moose at Ranger Creek. Not this time, but we were up during the heat of the day when smart animals are resting. The Ranger Creek Recreation Area is a group site that can accommodate …

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Fun Facts About Wyoming

Wyoming is the 10th biggest state in the United States. An updated estimate of the state of Wyoming’s population shows 573,720 residents in 2018. That means Wyoming ranks 50th in terms of population of all the 50 states. Our biggest population center is Cheyenne. We have more wildlife than people. The photos are all Wyoming traffic jam examples that I downloaded off the internet.     The estimated population for Cheyenne in 2018 is 66,416. The elevation‎ is ‎6,115 and it is located in the southeast corner of the state. It is closer to drive to Denver, Colorado from Cheyenne than it …

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Dreaming of Warmer Places

You know it’s cold when you don’t want to go out to eat. One, I have the menus memorized at our two local restaurants. Two, the black ice underneath the snow is treacherous.  We also haven’t had a lot of days of blue skies and sunshine. I don’t do well on cloudy, foggy, overcast days. We have record snowfall on the mountain. The snowpack is currently at 150%. We need the moisture, since Wyoming is high desert. The rivers will probably flood when the ice melts, and we will be sandbagging. In the meantime, I’m thinking of vacations in warmer …

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Why Travel?

Why do you travel? Travel is more than just going someplace new. Travel is an experience. It is the awe when you see the snow capped peaks of the Tetons, or any majestic mountain range worldwide. The memories and the feelings that you experience on your journey stay with you forever, unlike material possessions.  The food you eat, the people you meet,  the sights you see, both man-made and natural, and the expeditions you embark upon change you, expand you and your perspective. Travel is a big decision. Where will your next adventure take you? How will you get there? …

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Travel Tip Tuesday-Pack Lightly

It’s a drizzly day and I made a pot of tea in my brown betty tea pot that belonged to my Grandmother. It came over from England with her in a trunk when she immigrated almost one hundred years ago. The photo is one i took this spring of a tea setting I bought decades ago in Denmark. I am using that cup, although not the tea pot today. I am listening to classical music, in front of my fireplace, and have a good book I plan on delving into. Rainy days are a good opportunity to remind myself that …

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Travel Tip Tuesday

The best time to visit Wyoming is during the shoulder season. September, October and April and May bring lower prices on hotels, less traffic, and gorgeous scenery. The most popular time to visit Wyoming is June through August. We have a lot of special events in the summer, such as rodeos, Cheyenne Frontier Days, local and state fairs, Longmire Days in Johnson County, and local farmer markets. Visitors can also enjoy river rafting, hiking, mountain biking, wildlife viewing, and other outdoor activities. Our weather is unpredictable November through March. Last year was the snowiest winter on record. I am a skier, so I was thankful for the snow, although I could have done without the below zero temperatures for weeks on end. We have another 10 days or so above 90 degrees. I am ready for fall and cooler temperatures!

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