The Adventures of Bandelier Dave

One of the things that a few of us wanted to do during our recent trip to New Mexico was spend a little time in the great outdoors. My brother Dave had never been to New Mexico before and we thought that Bandelier National Monument would be a great excursion. So one day, while others partook…

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Still Enchanted

New Mexico’s State slogan is “The Land of Enchantment”, and The Beloved and I it’s a pretty special place. We have a history there that dates back to the very beginning of our relationship and so it holds a lot of sentimental value for us. We thought we’d go back often, but in our time…

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Ten Years Gone

During the last week of December 2000, I stood watching the sunset on the cliffs of Torrey Pines State Park and wondered about a few things: what I was getting myself into?  How could I be standing somewhere in December in a t-shirt?  Should I get one of those new cell phone things? That week,…

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New Addition

We’ve had a decorating issue at The Aerie for a while.  In the living room (piano room or whatever you want to call it…), we’ve had a couple of small prints.  Which isn’t much of a problem — they're a little too small for the room, except that the other part of the room has…

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Views and Observations from 5716 Miles of Road

Looking out at the road rushing underneath my wheels. –– Jackson Browne One thing you have a lot of while you're driving across country is time.  Time to look.  Time to think.  Time to talk.  Some observations from a lot of highway. Scenery.  As I said before, this vacation didn’t permit long treks into gorgeous…

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Eat Across America

It’s sort of strange to think about our trip east now outside of the context of The Beloved’s dad passing away.  But there was a trip out before Christmas (which seems like it was four years ago) – and it was good.  In the past, trips had often involved going to a National Park or…

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Am I Reincarnated From an Ancestral Puebloan?

On one of our other days in Northern New Mexico, we left Santa Fe with our friends and traveled about an hour to Bandelier National Monument, which is just outside of the town of Los Alamos. Bandelier sits in the Frijoles Canyon and is the site of cliff dwellings from ancestral pueblo peoples that lived…

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Open Spaces

One of the things that I think I like most about New Mexico is that for the most part, no one lives there (45th among US states in population density).  Coming from Southern California and having been born and raised in New Jersey (#1 in pop density), crowded spaces are pretty well known to me.…

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We’ll Always Have Santa Fe

Whenever we’d talk to people over the last couple of years about New Mexico, we’d invariably say, “I can’t believe we haven’t been back”. The been-back refers to the fact that before we moved into The Aerie, the Beloved lived in Santa Fe, New Mexico for 3+ years.  In fact, it was the place where…

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2007 Favorites — Photos

I know a lot of people are doing this, but Steve pointed out that reviewing your photos is a great way to relive and re-appreciate so many of the special things that happened this past year. I couldn't choose just one: Frog I caught this little fella in a pond in New Hampshire in June. …

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