Sunday, July 25, 2021
Sunday, July 18, 2021
Just last Sunday, Richard Branson flew on the groundbreaking voyage of his Virgin Galactic designed SpaceShipTwo. You might have read or even watched the live feed of Richard Branson's trip into outer space. Spaceport America located in the vast New Mexico desert is where the trip began and where he landed upon return to earth. Six years ago, I drove to New Mexico to visit this futuristic place.
I heard one commenter say that the launch location was in the middle of nowhere and that's a pretty accurate description. When I went, I had to make a reservation in advance to meet at a specific location in the town of Truth or Consequences. From there, a tour bus took the small group on a one hour drive in the desert to arrive at the spaceport. In the photo above we had just arrived at the security gate and everyone got out to snap a few photos.
Sunday, July 11, 2021
It's been almost three years since I drove to New Mexico to visit the Very Large Array. I stopped to visit interesting places on the way there and on the way back but, I spent the first night on the road in the town of Show Low Arizona. The town offered the best option for accommodations between Phoenix and my destination.
Show Low is small town of only about 10,000 inhabitants but its location about half way between Phoenix and Albuquerque makes it a good stop for travelers along Highway US 60. About 100 miles east of the Salt River Canyon, I entered the town of Show Low Arizona. I wasn't expecting to find something to photograph here but as I entered the town, I spotted this very large Queen Anne Victorian house. I learned later that it houses office space and one occupant was a real estate agent.
After checking in at a very nice Holiday Inn Express, I wandered around the hotel grounds and spotted a couple of interesting wood carvings. This friendly bear was one.
This other bear was extending a warm welcome.
For my dinner, I wanted something a little nicer than the usual fast food places so I asked the woman at the front desk where would be a good place to eat. She recommended Los Corrales which was conveniently located less than a mile away. It was a colorful place with lots of real Mexican touches in its decor. I loved the bar stools.
Sunday, July 4, 2021
One of my favorite things to do is to plan for a trip somewhere. Finally, after 18 months of staying close to home, I'm able to once again plan for a trip. The plan is to go to New York in mid-October for a week of enjoying all that the Big Apple has to offer.
Flight reservations are made and hotel accommodations secured. I'll once again be staying at the Marriott Marquee right on Times Square.
Theatre tickets have been purchased for three different shows. I haven't been inside a theatre in well over a year and a half. It will be a treat to be back.
You can bet that I'll be visiting many of the fabulous museums that the city offers.
I'm looking forward to walking around Manhattan enjoying familiar sights and discovering new ones. Now I just have to hope that our pandemic recovery continues and all goes well as the year marches on.