Ramada – part 2

Posted by on Jun 19, 2017 in Travel | 3 comments

Ramada – part 2

It was really interesting last week to find out your words for what I’d call a ramada. It comfirmed my suspicion that it’s a word used primarily in the southwestern U.S., where our proximity to Mexico shows up in bits of Spanish peppered through our language. Around here, it’s not unusual to hear words like mesa (a flat-topped mountain, literally “table,” and the name of a city) or arroyo (a dry stream bed), call a cottage a casita (which you can see in a few of the listings in my Airbnb...

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Heroes Rescue Phoenix Comicon from Real Peril

Posted by on Jun 17, 2017 in Travel | 2 comments

“Wands, sonic screwdrivers, plushies, masks, fairy wings, empty holsters, signs attached to costumes, fur suits, cardboard made costumes and non-weapon props, dishware associated with costumes, empty quivers, hats and helmets, Power Ranger Morphers, and umbrellas, by example, are allowed.” – from the updated Phoenix Comicon prop policy Fairy wings and dishware were not in dispute on the first day of Phoenix Comicon 2017. By day 2, however, a lot had changed. The Punisher vs. The Power Ranger The event started out like...

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May 2017 Photo: Ramada

Posted by on Jun 12, 2017 in Travel | 10 comments

May 2017 Photo: Ramada

There was sliver of the moon over the ramada at Mission Garden in Tucson. The spiny “branches” across the top of the roof come from the ocotillo plant. You can see what they look like growing in the desert in the photo below.   Runner up: I loved colors and shading in this handpainted parasol at Phoenix Comicon! Side note: I wasn’t sure how widely the word “ramada” was used outside the Southwestern U.S. for describing the type of covering supported by posts you see over picnic tables etc., like a roof...

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Chalk Robots

Posted by on Jun 5, 2017 in Craft, Travel | 9 comments

Chalk Robots

There was a chalk drawing of a robot on the ground. No explanation. Just an arrow. So, of course, we followed it – and the next one and the next one – down the steps behind Pike Place Market in Seattle. We tried to guess where they were leading. A street art project? A robot maker? Nowhere? The den of our new robot overlords? One lead us to turn the corner, and then, “Is that it? Is it a baby store?!!” Nope. A larger robot drawing pointed inside a store with a chalkboard sign that answered my question: “{Ugly Baby...

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Year Four in Nine Videos

Posted by on Jun 1, 2017 in Craft, Travel | 0 comments

Year Four in Nine Videos

Today marks the fourth anniversary of Travelcraft Journal! (And the 350th post!) I thought we could take a look back on the past year in 4 places, 4 projects, and 9 videos. 1. Southern California/Pasadena First, let’s road trip to Pasadena in one minute. Of course, we’ll stop for date shakes on the way. Once we get there, we can visit the Norton Simon Museum and the jungle garden at the Huntington. Video: Phoenix to Pasadena in one minute Project: In honor of sea breezes and Santa Ana winds, make a mobile or wind chime! 2. Las...

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Light Rail Phoenix: A Beginner’s Guide

Posted by on May 27, 2017 in Travel | 0 comments

Light Rail Phoenix: A Beginner’s Guide

People have asked me how to take the Valley Metro light rail in the Phoenix area, so I made a video guide. However, if you prefer tips in written form, read on! 1. Find where to go. There’s just one line with 2 directions, Eastbound and Westbound. You can ride anywhere on the line all day for $4. Westbound train route: begins in downtown Mesa (Mesa Dr./Main St.) ASU Tempe campus Sky Harbor Airport Downtown Phoenix (Phoenix Convention Center, Talking Stick Resort Arena, Chase Field) Central Ave. (turns north) Roosevelt Row/arts...

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Navigating Fabulous Las Vegas

Posted by on May 18, 2017 in Travel | 0 comments

Navigating Fabulous Las Vegas

Apparently, it was a big controversy when some Las Vegas casinos started charging for parking. As long as The Strip had been there, there had been acres and acres on which to park your ride free of charge. Then MGM decided to charge at all of their properties. Some casinos followed suit, others didn’t, but free parking in Vegas is no longer a given – even for hotel guests. Free Parking You can currently still park for free at Tropicana. Parking at Flamingo and Caesar’s Palace is free for the first hour. There is a small...

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April 2017 Photo: Succulent

Posted by on May 15, 2017 in Travel | 3 comments

April 2017 Photo: Succulent

I posted this before we went to Tucson for the Agave Heritage Festival. Even though I took the photo on a previous trip, I had succulents on the brain. I had spotted this adorable little plant at Mercado San Agustin. It seemed like a perfect match for the cafe table it was sitting...

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30+ Ways to Travel Without Leaving Town

Posted by on May 11, 2017 in Travel | 0 comments

Sometimes you need to stay close to home. Maybe family or work responsibilities are keeping you grounded. Maybe it’s health or money issues. There are still ways to see new things, experience other cultures, feel transported. Recently, National Geographic featured a “travel photographer” who finds and composes interesting shots within Google Street View. Navigating through the Street View of an area does give you a better sense of a place. So we’ll start there. 1. Use Google Street View to explore an area you’d...

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Vacancy

Posted by on May 8, 2017 in Craft, Travel | 6 comments

Vacancy

Phillip read an article an old hotel that had been sitting abandoned for years with plans to tear it down when the city decided instead to preserve it. He wanted to go find the Edwards Hotel on his day off, so we drove to the Peoria address in the article. It wasn’t hard to find. Even from outside the chain link fence, it was interesting to guess what had been there originally and what had been added later. Then we took a stroll around Old Town Peoria, where there’s currently not much going on, but they have a revitalization...

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