Always on the Verge

Reflections and connections of a life-long learner.

Home Again

Well, this quote pretty much sums up my approach to our latest road trip (and many of the photos I took – almost 500!). It was great fun, but I must admit it is nice to be back sleeping in our own bed.  The last leg of the trip (Las Vegas to Reno, about 7.5 hours) made me want to conjure up Dorothy’s ruby slippers so I could click my heels and say, “There’s no.. Read More

Havin’ a Good Time in Houston

: Here we are in the big ol’ state of  Texas, staying in a little ol’ cottage by the bay. It is cozy and works perfectly for our purposes: convenient to friends so we can enjoy food and fellowship; reasonably close to the George R. Brown Convention Center (site of the International Quilt Show with all of the glorious displays and interesting classes); and right on Galveston Bay for when we want a quiet change.. Read More

San Antonio Spurs Us On

Sorry about the pun…or maybe not. It just felt like the way to go. We have enjoyed good weather (though a bit humid for us Nevadans), met many very friendly San Antonians, walked a lot, visited a number of intriguing sites, walked some more, found great places to eat, and walked even more. Bob found us a rental house only a few blocks from both Hemisfair Park and the beautiful River Walk, so we took.. Read More

Adios Taos

The week has held its share of delights. We didn’t know that this month was the Taos Glass Invitational, a juried event that happens biannually; but we took full advantage of the opportunity to watch glass blowers at work and to visit the galleries where some amazing creations were on display.       In addition to the glass attractions there were many happy treks about town. One of my favorite things about Taos is.. Read More

A Day in Santa Fe

Another city, another botanical garden. The highlight of this one was the sculptures that were a take on origami. Being a big fan of paper cranes, this was a real treat. A few more of the lovely creations are captured below: And then on to the New Mexico Museum of Art. Final destination of the day was the newly developing Railroad Art District.  Bring on that contemporary art! Some favorites:

Denver today, Taos tomorrow

Our two weeks here have flown by. In addition to the two previous posts (Beer Fest and Chihuly Exhibit) we have walked, dined, toured, and even relaxed a bit.  Photos of some of our out and abouts: All of the photos I took of our hike at Dinosaur Ridge are on my camera and will get posted at a later date. Things we did that I do not have photos of: an afternoon at Tattered.. Read More

Chihuly Exhibit

What an amazing day! The weather was perfect for a stroll through the Denver Botanic Gardens to admire the blown glass installations done by world-renowned artist Dale Chihuly. The interplay of forms and light was breathtaking. For a teasing taste of the visual delights I have attached a few of my favorite photos. (For those lucky enough to be in the area, the exhibit closes at the end of November.)    

Beer Fest 2014

List of reasons why this was a notable event: 1.  Ben.  Yes, it is always wonderful to spend time with family, but having Ben as a companion on this venture was especially good. He is a home brewer, so he knows what to look for when tasting the wide varieties and styles as well as which breweries to check out and those to avoid. Having attended a number of Beer Fests in prior years, he.. Read More

“…that’s where the tall corn grows.”

  Anyone singing along to the Iowa Corn Song? It was running through my head the entire time we were visiting there. We drove alongside field after field of corn in various stages of readiness for harvesting. Scattered between the fields were wind farms with blades in motion. What a site. As we crossed into Iowa there was a sign informing us that we were in the Silo and Smokestacks National Heritage Area; a designation.. Read More


Shared a rental house on lovely Minnehaha Parkway with dear friends. Spent lots of late night into early morning hours catching up and revisiting past adventures. Did serious damage to our stash of Trader Joe’s wine and Wasabi Trex Mix (highly addictive and highly recommended). Below are some photos of highlights. What I did not get photos of is our evening at Chanhassen Dinner Theater enjoying Hello, Dolly! and a delicious meal of (what else??).. Read More