Great Wolf Lodge!!

We missed Christmas. . . . Well, Actually, we didn’t miss Christmas at all, we just refused to pay American Airlines $1,600 to fly to The Great White North in December.  We did find $400 to fly to Minneapolis in January and that made all the difference to Duane’s Mental Wellbeing. With all of that saved $$$$$$$ we took The Grands to Great Wolf Lodge on Sunday night. There were other pictures, but this one says it all. We had a Spectacular time and to top it off the Vikings won their Football game!! A great time had by all, and for the record we didn’t miss All the hullabaloo that is Christmas. Cheers!img_6676


Once upon a time in Mexico


Debbie and Rick, long time traveling buds, joined us in Mexico for a week of Mexican Emersion therapy. It worked! We loved every minute! Here we are inside Diego Rivera’s lovely museum. Sure we went other places beside San Miguel; Guanajuato, Santa Rosa, Delores Hildago, but we have no pictures of us in those places.


This where we actually stayed, San Miguel de Allende, in the Provence of Guanajuato. As you may be wondering, no we did not stay in this particular facility. This is the great, grand and glorious Cathedral in the heart of San Miguel. We stayed in a wonderful House in the village and walked here every day. Dining and shopping and people watching and non stop praying are the order of the day. Get on your knees sinners!


Same place later in the day. Actually this is at night. Everyone is still praying. This is a very special Cathedral dedicated to the Virgin of Guadalupe and several other unnamed virgins. Who knew? We spent hours in the gorgeous plaza (Jardin) talking, watching, shopping, bargaining, eating, drinking and praying.

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The entire town of San Miguel is a Giant Splish-Splash of extraordinary color. It is as if San Miguel himself, or one of the virgins perhaps, was in the Paint business and declared that everyplace must be painted in bright, bright, bright (Yet Spectacular) colors. Success!!

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Once again, Duane has NO idea what this is (Paula took this extraordinary picture with her new camera), but Wow! Yet further evidence that someone very, very important has access to ALL the very best, and most colorful, paints in the world (Or at least, Mexico)

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Paula just wanted to sit here all day and soak up the sun and the atmosphere of this delightful little court yard. Duane said, “No, we must take the shot and be on our way. There is much to see!” Duane doesn’t think that sitting down is legitimate endeavor whilst on vacation. Quick! Over here is a completely and equally astonishing photo opportunity!!


Our intrepid travel companion,Debbie, haggles over a bobble. We can say that she was extraordinarily successful and went home with about a thousand little heart shaped thing-a-ma-jigs. Wahoo! One can, if one is so inclined, buy almost anything on the plaza in front of the cathedral. Duane and Rick Settled for hats and chicklets.


No trip to Spain would be complete without a statue of these two intrepid travelers. Wait! What? We’re NOT in Spain? How did this happen? . . . Still Don Quixote and his little friend, Sancho Panza deserve a tip of the hat for all their amazing journeys and for fooling all these wonderful people into buying into their mis-pent adventures.


Duane shows off his new hat, his old Bagalini and his ancient Mephistos. The Shirt and pants are much appreciated gifts from two of his favorite people, Paula and Rick. Thanks! We hope you enjoyed your trip to Mexico as much as we did (No, you couldn’t have!). However, it was a grand vacation, and if all works out as planned, we will return. We barely scratched the surface of things to see and do and pray about. We’ll be back!  Adios!


We can’t leave you without sharing this. This was a nightly show from the rooftop of our casa. . . sure you had to climb several thousand stairs to get here, but what a show!! Adios!

This brings a whole “New Meaning” to the term, “Badlands!”


We said, “Well, we’re here we might as well take a look.” We didn’t expect to be blown away. We were thrilled. Yes, they are “The Badlands” and depending on your point of view, they may be Bad. Not us!! We thought they were gorgeous. In fact, we set a date to return when we can take the entire day, maybe two, to hike, photograph and marvel at this natural wonder. Whatever you do don’t drive by this!

“If you listen closely you can still hear the Music!” Da da da da Dum! . . . .


Richard Dreyfus created a small one of these on his Kitchen Table. This one, I must say, is a whole lot cooler. This was captured at sunset and if you listened closely enough, you can hear the music start to play, “Da da da da dum!”. . . . On this evening, sad to say,  we had no “Close Encounters” unless you consider our visitation by a heard of prong horn antelope. They did not sing either. They played dumb and nibbled grass.

Close Encounters of the Beautiful Kind

DSC00437I must say I was not enthused by the idea of visiting “Devil’s Tower.” It appeared, by all accounts, to be an over hyped mound of rock with few redeeming features. They were wrong! This thing Rocks!! It is so cool I won’t even tell you where it is. You’ll have to find it yourself. It is, however, worth the effort to search this out. Hint: It is Not in Iowa.