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León, Nicaragua — City Tour and Volcano Boarding

This year, our summer excursions started with a two-week exploration of Nicaragua. Why Nicaragua? During our 2015/2016 world adventure, we completely avoided Central and South America. There was no particular reason for the avoidance other than we were tired after 7 months on the road and wanted to go home – we just didn’t make it there. After a year of rest, we decided it was time to hit the road and visit a new part of the world –...

Mid-Year Book Review — The Best of 2017… So Far

I have read a pile of good books this year. A top 5 list at the end of the year just wasn’t going to do justice to them all, so I am posting a mid-year book report. These are my top 5 for the first half of 2017 along with those books that I would recommend reading and, finally, those that just didn’t quite hit the mark for me.   5. The Memoir Club, Laura Kalpakian Since I am currently...

New Skill Acquired… Metalsmithing

One of my “life list” goals is to be constantly learning something new (Life List post coming soon!). This past winter, a friend of mine told me that she had recently become involved with the Bellingham Metal Arts Guild. When she told me about the classes, I was instantly intrigued. I have always been interested in metalwork, specifically as it pertains to jewelry, but the cost of all the necessary tools made dabbling in this field cost prohibitive. These classes offered a chance to...

A Return to Tent Rocks, New Mexico

Wherever we find ourselves in the world, we typically find a place to go for a hike and enjoy the beauty of the area. This was true some 20 years ago when my then boyfriend and I were in New Mexico for a conference. On one of the free days, we headed off into the New Mexico wilderness to see what we could find. I am not sure how we found out about the tent rock hike. I would guess that...