Day trips from Lisbon: Cascais and Sintra

If you’re looking for a day trip from your vacation base in Lisbon, I’d like to tell you about two easy options that are only approximately 30 minutes away from the city: Cascais and Sintra. Using Lisbon’s excellent public transportation system, hop on the subway at the nearest Metro station, ride to a stop where

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More of Lisbon

Day two in Lisbon I started to feel unwell.  (Catch day one here). You know, just that typical congested head, coughing kind of cold virus that everyone succumbs to in the fall and winter.  Not one to miss out on sightseeing, I headed out anyway. Today’s plan was literally to get lost wandering the Alfama

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Hiking Dripping Springs Trail in the Organ Mountains – Desert Peaks National Monument

There’s a trail outside of Las Cruces, New Mexico that I’ve long wanted to hike. In the past, it’s either been too hot or my work schedule didn’t allow me the time to tackle the trail, but last month I had a free day and I decided it was high time to see what this

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Have I been abducted?!

You all know how I like to tell you about all the quirky places in the state of New Mexico?  Well, about the quirkiest place you can find is perhaps the city of Roswell. Due to no fault of its own, really, Roswell’s claim to fame is space aliens. Yep, you heard that right.  In

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If I haven’t convinced you already…

I’ve written about Carlsbad Caverns National Park and White Sands National Monument here in New Mexico before, so I’m not going to do another full write-up, but I will share these photos taken on my last visit in April 2019. This is the first time I’ve experienced White Sands on a cloudy and rainy day

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What exactly do they do out there?

I’ve driven by the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRA) outside of Socorro many times.  The NRAO is home of the Very Large Array (VLA) or a set of giant satellites that in my mind were always aimed at space searching for alien life.  That’s not exactly true and probably came more from the movie Contact than it did from any actual research on the VLA.

Rock cities and white sands

What do most people think of when they think of New Mexico?  It’s always interesting to hear the opinions and, sometimes, misconceptions of the people I meet across the country. I’ll admit, when we moved to New Mexico in 1982 I thought my mother had lost her mind and moved us to the surface of

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A funky little stay in a funky little town

Truth or Consequences. That’s the name of this funky little year-round resort town in Sierra County, New Mexico. Famed for its hot springs, this town changed its original name, Hot Springs, to Truth or Consequences as part of a publicity campaign to advertise a game show.  The story goes that a popular game show, Truth

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