Monday, February 26, 2024

Daughter Of The Wind

 

A few of the beautiful sea anemones we saw at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, Maryland.



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Sunday, February 25, 2024

Power And Nature

 

Somewhere in New York.



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2006: Making A List And Checking It Twice
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Saturday, February 24, 2024

Worshiping In Adobe

 


The bell tower of the Santa Cruz Catholic Church in South Tucson, Arizona.  This historic church near the Santa Cruz River was built between 1916 and 1918.

From Wikipedia:  "The Santa Cruz Catholic Church, or Santa Cruz for short, is significant for its construction using unstabilized mud-adobe bricks made in the Tohono O'odham Indian Reservation. It is also the largest known mud-adobe building in Arizona, and the state's only surviving example of a major public building built of adobe."



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2006: Calming The Flatulent Tiger
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Friday, February 23, 2024

Souper Tasty

 

I saw this soup on Instagram and on one of our cold Tucson days I decided I had to make it.  I made a large batch, serving it that night for dinner, then making up several containers.  I brought a few containers to my mother and froze the rest. 

It was delicious!  If you're interested in trying it, the recipe is below:


Sweet Potato and Carrot Soup with Coconut Milk

Ingredients
1.5 pounds of sweet potatoes, washed and cut in half
1 pound of carrots, peeled
5 tablespoons of olive oil
2 onions, peeled and cut in half
1 full head of garlic (cut the top off the garlic bulb to roast with the vegetables)
2.5 cups of vegetable stock
1 can of coconut milk (13.5 oz. can)
Salt & Pepper to taste

Instructions
Place the halved sweet potatoes, peeled carrots, halved onions, and head of garlic into a baking dish.  Drizzle olive oil over all of the vegetables.
Season generously with salt and pepper.
Cover the roasting pan with foil.
Road them in a 350-degree oven for 30-40 minutes, or until they are tender and caramelized. Depending on their size, cooking times may vary.
Once the vegetables are done roasting, remove them from the oven and let them cool a bit.
Add all the vegetables to a blender.  Squeeze the roasted garlic from its skin and add to the blender.
Add vegetable stock and blend.
Transfer the mixture to a large pot.  Stir in the coconut milk.
Add more salt and pepper to taste if needed.
Heat the soup until it's hot, but avoid bringing it to a boil.
Spoon into bowls, top with a swirl of coconut milk if desired, and serve.


This soup is excellent with a loaf of crusty bread.

Enjoy!


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2006: Let Go Let Flow
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Thursday, February 22, 2024

A Snarl In The Valley Of The Sun

 

Traffic in Phoenix, Arizona.




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2008: Eddie Lounges In Cozumel Friday
2007: I Think I’m Dating A Narcoleptic
2006: Groundhog Surprise
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Wednesday, February 21, 2024

The Clothing Of A King

 


Detail on one of Elvis Presley's jumpsuits.

See more pictures here.

And read what others have said about him here


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2008: Made With Pride
2007: Coke Crushes The Competition
2006: Tired And Mute
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Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Land's End

 

Located at the southern tip of Mexico's Baja California Peninsula you will find the Arch of Cabo San Lucas.  We sailed around it on our way into the inner harbor area of Cabo.  Very pretty!


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Sunday, February 18, 2024

Death Defying Entertainment

 


Along the Malecón in Mazatlán, Mexico, you can shop, dine, stroll (the Malecón is 13 miles long - one of the longest seafront walkways in the world!), go to the beach, and see their famous cliff divers.

The Clavadistas (divers) dive from a pedestal that’s about fifty feet above the water. 



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Saturday, February 17, 2024

Peace Run

 


A statue of spiritual leader Sri Chinmoy stands along the waterfront of Mazatlán, Mexico.  The statue depicts him holding the World Harmony Run torch and was erected in 2009.



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Friday, February 16, 2024

Feather Dancer

             

A dancer in Plazuela Machado, located in the heart of the Historic Old Town of Mazatlán.



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Thursday, February 15, 2024

The Giver Of Much Delight

 


The Star of India (originally named Euterpe) is seen in the harbor of San Diego.

According to their website, The Star of India is the world’s oldest active sailing ship. She began her life on the stocks at Ramsey Shipyard on the Isle of Man in 1863. Iron ships were experiments of sorts then, with most vessels still being built of wood. Within five months of laying her keel, the ship was launched into her element. She bore the name Euterpe, after the Greek muse of music and poetry.

Interesting facts about The Star of India:

* Launched five days before Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address

* Sailed twenty-one times around the world

* Never fitted with auxiliary power

* Went aground in Hawaii

* Became an “American” ship by Act of Congress

* Trapped in ice in Alaska

* Still sails in the ocean by a volunteer crew



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Wednesday, February 14, 2024

This Is Talladega

 

Depending on how long you've read this blog or how well you know me will determine whether you're aware that I abhor all things sports-related.  I'm not a fan of any sport of any kind.  Sadly, I've absorbed information about sports in my life and know more than I wish I did about several kinds, but if I had to rank the ones I care about (like if a gun were being held to my head), I'd have to say NASCAR would be at the very bottom of the list. I'd watch dwarf tossing before a NASCAR race.

But, it was Valentine's Day and we were in Alabama, and my beloved (seen below) wanted to tour the Talladega race track.  How could I say no to that face?
The Talladega Superspeedway, formerly known as the Alabama International Motor Speedway, is the fastest and longest NASCAR oval track in the United States.

Its main grandstand can hold 80,000 spectators and if you figure in the areas where people camp and set up RVs for race weekends, the total capacity of the speedway rises to somewhere around 175,000 spectators. 

That's a whole lotta redneck energy.


This is the media booth at the Speedway.  Our guide told us that the window there on the right is where FOX and CBS broadcast from.


Seats in the grandstand range from $60 to $185, with the higher seats costing more. The RV spots located on the infield of the track can range from a few hundred to several thousand dollars for a race weekend.  There are even more RV spots on the far east side of the track with plenty of space for fans to gather.

Our guide told us that Talladega hosts only two NASCAR race weekends a year.  The rest of the time, the track sits empty except for a few small events hosted throughout the year.  And the money they make from those two events in ticket sales isn't what sustains them - it's the contracts with the media companies that make them any money.
  

Talladega holds the record for the fastest recorded speed by a NASCAR vehicle on a closed oval course.  That speed was 216.309 mph set by Rusty Wallace in 2004.  He circled the 2.66-mile track in 44.270 seconds.  But, because the record was a radio test and not a NASCAR-sponsored event, the official record of 212.809 mph set by Bill Elliott in 1987 is the one that stands.  Speeds today hover around 200 mph, even though track officials prefer the cars to race a little slower than that citing safety concerns.  



I can't say it was the most romantic way to spend Valentine's Day (although, I did get roses, candy, a beautiful card, a dinner out, and quality time with my handsome husband), but it was something to do on a day off and we have vowed in 2024 to take advantage of as many things as we can when we're on the road with extra time on our hands. 

The interior of the Talladega visitor's center houses the ticket office and gift shop.

It definitely wasn't a bucket list item, but now I can say I've been to Talladega and hopefully, I'll never have to go back.

And let's remember some words of wisdom that work equally well in NASCAR and life, gifted to us by Ricky Bobby himself...

"If you ain't first, you're last." 


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Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Wandering The Place Of Deer

Walking the streets of the Centro Histórico in Old Mazatlán, Mexico.  



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Monday, February 12, 2024

What Are You Looking At?

 

A crocodile staring me down at The National Aquarium in Baltimore, Maryland.




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2006: The Blizzard Of 2006
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Sunday, February 11, 2024

Personal Space

 

Ed and I spent the past weekend at a Hilton Garden Inn in Aberdeen, Maryland.  The manager was amazing - he gave us great restaurant recommendations, extra perks on our room, and two free tickets to the local movie theater.  We decided to go see Argylle.

We almost had the entire theater to ourselves - look for Ed all the way up in the back.

We always arrive early for movies because I want to get the seat I like and I want to see all the previews. So, on this day we did the same. Once we were settled in our seats chomping on popcorn I looked around at the empty theater and said to Ed, “It’s like we’re at a private screening. Just us. Imagine if someone came in right now and just sat right next to us?” 

Then, not five minutes later, a couple walks all the way up to the row we were in, starts down the row towards us, and the girl stops in front of the seat next to me where I had my purse and jacket and just stood there.

She wanted me to move my stuff so she could sit there. So I looked at her and said, “Really??” And she said, “Uh, yeah.”

I could not BELIEVE that out of all the seats in the theater, she had to sit right next to me. WTF? 

I looked over at Ed, rolled my eyes, and whispered, “Can you believe her??” He then told me that the seats were assigned. When you make your ticket reservation you choose the seats you want. Ohhhhhhh.

Well, wasn’t I the asshole.  Great.  So now I had to apologize.

I reached over, tapped her on the arm, and said, “Sorry for the comment - I didn’t realize these seats were chosen when you purchased the ticket.” She said, “Oh, no problem."  And we went on to enjoy the movie. 

That said….

Since the movie theater, and our whole row, was still empty the entire two hours and nineteen minutes of the movie, she could have moved over and put one seat between us. It would have been the right thing to do, especially since we were there first.

So, maybe I’m not the asshole. 




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Saturday, February 10, 2024

Lifeboat

 

One of the lifeboats on the MS Koningsdam, the Holland America cruise ship we took to Mexico.



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Friday, February 09, 2024

When Life Gives You Lemon Sailfins


We went to The National Aquarium in Baltimore, Maryland for Ed's birthday and saw some pretty spectacular fish. 

One of my favorites was this beautiful bright Yellow Tang, also known as a Lemon Sailfin.




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