Author Archives: Karen

Free Your Mind, Open Your Heart, Smile

If you choose to read no further, please hear this: World travel and seeing how a different culture lives will open your mind and create more empathy in your life for all humans. Please, make it a priority to travel … Continue reading

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Reunited in Istanbul

Sadly, it required an aunt to die. My Aunt Meg was a traveler herself, having worked as a travel agent for many years. She passed away this January, and while attending her funeral I reconnected with cousins I hadn’t seen … Continue reading

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Last Stop: Home

Our trip is coming to an end, and our journey back to Wisconsin gave us the harsh message that winter is on its way. We left sunny Las Vegas on a comfortably warm morning, driving through Utah and ending in … Continue reading

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Having a Me Party

After enjoying Halloween and a show with my friend Sallie in Salt Lake City, Ken made a last-minute decision to fly to Los Angeles to visit his friend David. That left me with a car and a drive across Nevada. Before you think I did … Continue reading

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Don’t Bust the Crust!

No, this has nothing to do with pie or creme brulee or anything tasty like that. Little signs dotting Utah’s national parks sported the phrase, “Don’t bust the crust.” The crust they are referring to is this: What looks to … Continue reading

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Playing the Lottery in Kanab

We were addicts, determined to win. Three days in a row we got up early to try our luck. It was a game of chance, watching the bingo numbers tumble inside their cage. Yet money was not the prize. Instead, … Continue reading

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Wow, Wow, Wow

Finally, I got to visit the Grand Canyon, just the second most visited park in the National Park system! We worked through the busy crowds on the shuttle buses and trails, always enjoying the breathtaking scenery. Every turn made me … Continue reading

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Red Rocks Rock

Sedona. Many thoughts pop into my head upon hearing that name…..pricey, new age-y, pretty. A tourist town like this would not usually be on our travel itinerary. Yet October 11, 2012 was no usual date: it happened to be our … Continue reading

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The First Ever Ever Ever Albuquerque CouchCrash

We are CouchSurfing pros, having been members since 2007. What we had never done was join a CouchCrash. Albuquerque hosted their first ever on the same weekend as the Balloon Fiesta. It was time for our first crash. A CouchCrash … 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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