6 Travel Tips for Non-Morning People

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

6 Travel Tips for Non-Morning People

I’m not particularly good at mornings. And, as much as I like the idea of jumping out of bed and tackling the day, I don’t magically transform into an early bird when I travel. Here are a few things I’ve found helpful. 1. Get organized for the next day. Anything you can do the night before is one less thing you’re stumbling around trying to do in the morning. Either shower at night or at least get your shower stuff set up. You’re not at home where everything is in a place you’re used to, so make it...

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Phoenix Geekiness + Cosplay Panels #PHXCC

Posted by on Apr 20, 2017 in Craft, Travel | 0 comments

Phoenix Geekiness + Cosplay Panels #PHXCC

Have you already started planning your schedule for Phoenix Comicon? It’s coming to the Phoenix Convention Center May 25-28 and ticket prices increase May 1. We thought we’d share our panel picks early this year, along with a heads up on some geeky goings-on across the Valley of the Sun to tide you over. Geek Events (April/May) Caped Crusaders + Everyday Heroes Now – May 28 i.d.e.a. Museum, Mesa Hero-themed works by more than 15 national and international artists (like the print above that we spotted in artist Jason...

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Nests

Posted by on Apr 17, 2017 in Travel | 10 comments

Nests

I love it when I’m walking and spot a nest in a tree. It feels like a small discovery, like finding an Easter egg (no pun intended) or a secret door. From the time I was a little kid, my dad taught me how to look for signs of what’s going on in the natural world, pointing out the high waterline above a dry riverbed, animal tracks in the dirt, cottonwood trees where there’s water, and all kinds of habitats – burrows and holes and nests. At the Arboretum recently, we saw a man was pointing out a nest in a tree for his...

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The Force of Memories

Posted by on Apr 13, 2017 in Travel | 0 comments

The Force of Memories

In honor of the Star Wars Celebration Orlando convention currently happening, here is a post Phillip wrote with thoughts inspired by Star Wars Celebration Anaheim in 2015.  –S “Chewie, weʼre home.” With those lines, from the world premiere of the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer at the Star Wars Celebration Anaheim convention, grown men around me were in tears. I might have gotten a little emotional too. It had been 30 long years since we last saw the Millennium Falcon on the big screen and our two favorite pilots at the...

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Make a Mt. Lemmon Day Trip

Posted by on Apr 7, 2017 in Travel | 0 comments

Make a Mt. Lemmon Day Trip

You start in the Tucson heat surrounded by saguaros. An hour (or so) and a few thousand feet in elevation later, you can be sitting among spruce trees in air cool enough to not melt the chocolate chips of the oversized cookie in front of you. Welcome to Mount Lemmon, a 9000-foot peak in the Santa Catalina Mountain Range. Drive the Sky Island Scenic Byway (also called the Mt. Lemmon Highway, the Catalina Highway, and – officially – the General Hitchcock Highway) through beautiful landscape and six (6!) different climate...

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Banh Mi

Posted by on Apr 3, 2017 in Craft, Travel | 6 comments

Banh Mi

When we moved, we found ourselves near a place with great banh mi, which are Vietnamese sandwiches on French bread with these marinated vegetables and thinly sliced meats. It’s a beautiful blending of cultures. My brother Ian says the many banh mi places in Seattle all seem to charge exactly $3.98 for a sandwich. As with many things, they’re even cheaper here in Phoenix. It’s a lotta deliciousness for your buck. Have you tried banh mi? Do you have a favorite spot near...

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Good Times at Monticello (part 2)

Posted by on Mar 30, 2017 in Travel | 2 comments

Good Times at Monticello (part 2)

Let’s say you read last week’s post on Monticello, and now you’re ready to plan a trip. On the positive side, there’s so much good info on their site. On the challenging side, there’s so. much. info. So here’s the breakdown on admission and tour options and when to be where – the stuff that confused me when I was first planning to visit Monticello. Getting In: How Much Is Admission? Unlike a museum with optional tours, there’s not a general admission that lets you just wander...

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A Friend in the Cellar

Posted by on Mar 27, 2017 in Travel | 13 comments

A Friend in the Cellar

Phillip and I are walking through the passage into the cellar under Monticello, when a woman coming the other direction stops us. Because she wants to take a photo. Of us. For us. Wait…what? “It just looks so cool with the light filtering through the fog behind you…it’s okay…I work here,” she reassured us with that non-sequitur. Still slightly stunned, we hand her a phone, pose for a photo, and then find ourselves in a conversation about our visit to Virginia and her work at Monticello (which does not...

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Our Time at Monticello (part 1)

Posted by on Mar 23, 2017 in Travel | 0 comments

Our Time at Monticello (part 1)

The fog had started rolling in as we wound through the woods on the way to Monticello and had thickened by the time we were standing outside the House itself. It obscured the view, swallowing up all but the nearest trees. We stood on the side of the House away from the waning crowds, and, for a few moments, it was as quiet as if we were the only ones in the world. As if we had traveled back in time. As if, at any moment, we would hear approaching hoof beats and see Thomas Jefferson emerging through the white-gray veil. Even in his day,...

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Fingers Crossed

Posted by on Mar 20, 2017 in Travel | 4 comments

Fingers Crossed

I’d like to think I’m not superstitious, but then something good happens, and I’m afraid I’ll jinx it. Can I whisper this to you? We booked tickets to Europe. There was a killer deal on round-trip flights to Madrid at the end of August. And, while I love Spain, it’s not our final destination this time. Neither of us have been to Italy, and I have wanted to go since I was a kid, since learning that Venice had streets made of water, since I first saw photos of Pompeii’s ruins frozen in time, since my...

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