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Loma Alta and Coyote Wash Trails   Leave a comment

Straggling Saguaro — Photo-Artistry by kenne

The spring weather in the Sonoran Desert is alluring, with beautiful blue skies and temperatures in the upper 70s.
However, many drought-resistant plants are dying, very few if any wildflowers are blooming due to a troubling
draught in the Sonoran Desert. What makes the Sonoran Desert so diverse and beautiful are two rainy seasons,
summer monsoon storms and steady winter rains. The two seasons still exist, but half the normal amount of rain.

— kenne

Loma Alta and Coyote Wash Trails (March 19, 2021) — Photo Essay by kenne

 

 

Ventana Canyon   1 comment

Ventana Canyon — Images by kenne (Click On Any Image for Slideshow View)

Gustu Restaurant Tasting Experience — La Paz, Bolivia   Leave a comment

Gustu Restaurant Tasting Experience — La Paz, Bolivia  — Images by kenne (Click On Any Image To See In A Slideshow Format)

In August of 2019, we spent some time in La Paz, Bolivia, before flying over the Andes to the Madidi National Forest in the Amazon. While in La Paz, we went to the Gustu Resterarent. Opened by Dane and co-founder of four-time World’s Best Restaurant, Claus Meyer, in 2013 with grand ambitions to boost investment and training in Bolivia while also propelling the country on to the world’s gastronomic map. We choose one of the tasting menus. The food was artistically presented, each providing a memorable tasting experience.

— kenne

 
 

Following The Old Stagecoach Route Though Doubtful Canyon   7 comments

Doubtful Canyon Ranch — Image by kenne

Today ranches exist along the narrow privative road through Doubtful Canyon.
In the 1860’s the Butterfield Overland Stage route went through the canyon.

Apache Raiders made passage through the canyon very ‘DOUBTFUL!’
In April 1861 the Giddings’ Party was ambush near Steins Peak stagecoach station.
Cochise and his Apaches killed nine men, but reserved the worst torture for those captured alive.  

Doubtful Canyon Ranch

In 2012, Tom, Steve, and I decided to follow the old stagecoach route through Doubtful Canyon, which we began in the small ranch town of San Simon. Once making it through the canyon, we planned to stay overnight in Lordsburg, New Mexico.
The old road, now used primarily by area ranchers, is very premature. There were some places. 
The road was so narrow that you could not pass through without the bushes scraping the sides of the truck.
Still, other places were wide-open rangeland having only an occasional gate we would have to stop and open.

Our goal was to find the Giddings Grave Marker, which was marked on our maps. We also knew the location was on the lowest northwest slope of Steins Peak. Even though we scattered out, crisscrossing the area, we were not able to find the marker. Here’s a picture of the area where the grave sits, which I found on the Internet.

John Giddings Marker

Doubtful Canyon Panorama

A Christmas Family Album   11 comments

(Click on any image to see in a slideshow format.)

Christmas Over The Last Couple of Decades — Images by kenne 

Grantham New Hampshire Snow Fall   1 comment

Images by Kate Turner Bailey

Daughter Kate and her family live on 17 acres in Grantham, New Hampshire. Getting snow in the winter is not unusual; three feet of the white stuff is unusual. You can see an animal path leading down to the brook and across it if you look carefully.

These images are the morning after the winter storm. The day before, Kate texted the following video.

— kenne

 

In care you are wonder, the chicken are fine — all fluffy with plenty of food and water.

 

Rainbow Photos   2 comments

Rainbow Images (December 10, 2020) by kenne

After several months to little to no rain,
we received about one-quarter inch with some beautiful rainbows. 
We are thankful!

— kenne

Rainbow Connection — Willie Nelson

Pelican Suite   Leave a comment

Pelican Landing in Waters Near Puerto Penasco — Image by kenne

Slideshow of Pelican Taking Off in Waters Near Puerto Penasco — Images by kenne

Helping Our Friends — Conroe Catfish Festival, 2005   Leave a comment

Volunteering at the October 2005 Conroe Catfish Festival (Joy & Kenne)

Our friend, Jerry Bernhardt, owner of Bernhardt Winery, with good friend Michael McBride 

Plenty of entertainment for everyone.

Diunna Greenleaf — Images by kenne

Magic Rocks   3 comments

Magic Rocks Display in the Aria Resort and Casino, Las Vegas — Images by Kenne

One week ago, we received a call from Justin and Jerri. We learned that they were in
Las Vegas on their much-delayed honeymoon. They would be spending five days there
and asked if we would be interested in coming up to Vegas to have dinner with them.
After giving it some thought, we decided to drive up Thursday and return on Saturday.

We had dinner at Maggiano’s Little Italy on Las Vegas Boulevard that evening and
drove south of Vegas Friday afternoon to see the Magic Rocks in the desert.

— kenne

Chapel Dulcinea   Leave a comment

Wizard Chapel-5-B&W-72Chapel Dulcinea — Images By kenne

Chapel Dulcinea sits daringly on the edge of an ancient walking trail on the
Wizard Academy campus, approximately 20 minutes southwest of downtown Austin.
The chapel was new when we first visited Wizard Academy in 2005.

This summer Jerri and Justin had scheduled their wedding at the Chapel Dulcinea,
but because of COVID
, it didn’t happen, even after rescheduling a couple of times.
I had prepared this post to go out before the June wedding. The wedding
did take place in east Texas this summer, but we were not able to attend.
Too bad their wedding was not able to be at Chapel Dulcinea
; it’s a beautiful place
in the Texas Hill Country.

— kenne

Early Aspen Colors On Mt. Lemmon   1 comment

Early Aspen Colors on Mt. Lemmon (October 8, 2020)  — Images by kenne

Most trails on Mt. Lemmon remain closed after the Bighorn fire, leaving
many burn-scarred areas. As a result, photographing the fall colors will be limited
to Summerhaven and Ski Valley.

— kenne

COVID-19 Is Killing Live Music Venues   2 comments

Until COVID-19, gentrification was the big enemy of live music venues.
Now many these of these venues have closed forever because of the pandemic.
Maybe it’s time to bring back the old fashion bandstand in public parks.
People getting together to experience live music is a necessary
part of developing and maintaining a sense of community.

— kenne

Blue DoorBlue Door Texas Ice House On A Sunday Afternoon In East Texas (10/26/01) — Photo-Essay by kenne

Dancing to the Music of Gene Kelton and the Die Hards
(Gentrification Killed the Blue Door Years Ago.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One Hell Of A Wind Storm Late Yesterday   5 comments

Monsoom Storm-4-72

Usually, this time of year, when the temperatures are over 100 degrees, we start getting some monsoon rains.
So, yesterday when the dark clouds began moving in we would get some rain, and we did.
But only after some strong winds, reminding us much of a coming hurricane on the gulf coast.
Usually, wind gust in the desert doesn’t blow off the green olives on our patio tree,
but they did yesterday.

Monsoom Storm-3-72As the front moved through, we started to get some rain.

Monsoom-4-72We received about one-quarter inch, the first rain in two months.

Monsoon Storm-5-72Images by kenne

Bighorn Fire Images — Marty Horowitz   2 comments

DSCN5396 edit big horn fire sabino smoke-72Bighorn Fire (Sabino Canyon Smoke) — Images by Marty Horowitz

 

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