The Splendors of Italy – Part III

This third and final post of a three-part series about our trip to Italy will focus on our stay in Venice.  As you may recall, my Part I post was focused on our stay in Rome, while my Part II post was all about our travels through the regions of Umbria and Tuscany.  Although our stay in Venice was not nearly long enough to satisfy us, I hope the photos that follow will provide at least a glimpse of the sights that make Venice such a unique and beautiful city.

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The Splendors of Italy – Part II

This post is the long overdue second part of a three-part series about a recent trip my family and I took to Italy.  As explained in my Part I post, which was focused on our stay in Rome, our tour with the Cosmos tour company took us on a journey stretching from Rome to Venice, with many fascinating stops in between, before completing the return trip to Rome where we tacked on an extra day beyond the scheduled tour. In total, we were gone for 11 days, with two of those days being very long travel days between Texas and Italy.  In this Part II post, the focus will be on the regions of Umbria and Tuscany with their fascinating medieval villages, cathedrals and landscapes in the cities and surrounding countrysides of Orvieto, Assisi, Siena, San Gigminano, Montecatini, Florence and Pisa.  The third and final post in this series will focus on our stay in Venice.

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Charlie Daniels and the Las Cruces Country Music Festival

On April 25, 2014, my wife and I made the short drive from our home base in El Paso, Texas to check out the Country Music Festival being held up the road in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Although this was a four-day affair from the 24th to the 27th of April, we chose this day to visit because the concert headliner that night was the Charlie Daniels Band. Considering that I had been a CDB fan since my college days back in the late 1970’s, this was a show I didn’t want to miss.

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Kemah Boardwalk

On a recent trip to Houston, we decided one evening to take a short drive down to the Gulf Coast to have dinner at the Kemah Boardwalk. For those not familiar with the area, the Kemah Boardwalk features an entertainment district with carnival rides and restaurants overlooking Galveston Bay. Although we weren’t there very long, we had fun capturing some HDR images there just after sunset.

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Life is Fleeting

As I usually do each February 14, last week I bought my wife some red roses for Valentine’s Day and, unlike some years past, this year I hand-delivered them to her in her office. In just three more months, she and I will be celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary and I figure if she’s been able to put up with me for that long then a dozen red roses on Valentine’s Day is the least I can do. Although she had told me earlier that I didn’t need to get her anything, I know she enjoyed getting them and I was happy to give them.

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Engagement Photos: Paula and Jacob

I recently had the pleasure of taking some engagement photos for some young friends of ours, Paula and Jacob, and here are a few images from that session.

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Road Trip to White Sands and Ruidoso, New Mexico (Part 2 of 2)

After an unusually time-consuming drive from El Paso to Ruidoso by virtue of numerous stops along the way, we finally reached our destination in the cool pines of Ruidoso’s upper canyon. Had we taken the most direct route and made no stops, we could have made the drive in a little over two hours. However, with all of our stops — the longest being at White Sands, which was well worth it — the actual travel time ended up being closer to seven hours. Nevertheless, we finally arrived at our rental cabin, a little tired but looking forward to spending the next few days in the mountains of southern New Mexico.

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Road Trip to White Sands and Ruidoso, New Mexico (Part 1 of 2)

In search of a change in scenery and relief from the summer heat, my wife and I and our son and his girlfriend recently decided to take a road trip from El Paso to spend a few days up in the cool pines of Ruidoso, New Mexico. Before heading straight to Ruidoso, however, we chose to take a little detour to spend a few hours taking in the beautiful desert scenery at White Sands National Monument.

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Green Chile Cheeseburger in Paradise

Hatch, New Mexico may not be the place Jimmy Buffett had in mind when he sang his song about a cheeseburger in paradise, but the fine folks at Sparky’s in Hatch, New Mexico know a thing or two about green chile cheeseburgers.

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PRIME rocks McKelligon Canyon

On Thursday, July 11, 2013, El Paso’s own classic rock band, PRIME, rocked McKelligon Canyon Amphitheatre for another weekly edition of the summer concert series, Cool Canyon Nights.

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