Monthly Archives: October 2012

Balloon Fiesta, Brazilian Style

What happens when you take a bunch of colorful balloons and add a bunch of colorful characters? We found out, when we volunteered to work for a Brazilian team at the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta. On the first day, we had our … Continue reading

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Look! Up in the Sky!

One week in October… when the winds are just right… the mass ascension fills the skies over New Mexico. No, it’s not the Rapture. It’s the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, said to be the largest hot air balloon festival in the … Continue reading

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My Must-See Mesa Verde

Mesa Verde almost didn’t make the list. When Karen and I were devising our Southwestern itinerary, Mesa Verde fell outside our planned national park loop, and anyway, Karen had been there before. However, once she started describing the cliff dwellings … Continue reading

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The Springs to the Peak to the Garden

A weekend in Colorado Springs. I’ve never thought much of the city and was frankly a bit spooked by the large military presence and the largest Christian right-wing group, Focus on the Family, having its own ZIP code there. Colorado … Continue reading

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Mile-High Meetup

Once upon a time, a Couchsurfer named Rahim stayed at our house in Milwaukee. We kept in touch with him as we toured Asia and even met his sister in Malaysia. Now, we finally have the chance to see him again, … Continue reading

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Rocky Mountain National Park

The first major stop on our trip was in Rocky Mountain National Park. We arrived at a very popular time, the elk rutting season, when males bugle to attract the females. The elks tend to bunch up in the open … Continue reading

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Sorry, Sheep

As we made our way west, I suggested we get off the freeway for a change of scenery. Maybe we would even see a large feedlot. Sure enough, in northern Colorado we came across one… for sheep.

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Next Stop: USA

For the next leg of Next Stop: World, we’re taking the classic family summer vacation out west. Without the family. Or the summer. At least we’ll be cruising in style. Originally, we wanted to rent an RV, but the terrible … Continue reading

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Goodbye China, Hello USA.

Thanks for bearing with us as we finally got China onto the blog (I’m still working on the much-anticipated toilet video, coming soon). Now, back to realtime: we have begun our road trip through the Great American Southwest. Astute readers may … Continue reading

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Cheery China

We had certain expectations for China: chaos, crowds, crap, and coughs. We thought it would be harder than India or Cambodia. Turns out, it was much easier than we imagined. Quite pleasant, actually. Whew! A few factors helped make our … Continue reading

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