What! Santa Claus and Alligators???



If you happen to be in New Orleans during the Christmas holidays you must go to City Park for the Celebration in the Oaks. The park itself is huge. There is a small amusement park, a sculpture garden, a botanical garden, and I’m sure much more that I missed on my evening adventure. The ancient oaks drip Spanish moss. It’s the kind of place ...

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Steam Punk in Rural Wisconsin

If you get off the beaten path, really off, you could find Dr Evermor’s Forevertron in North Freedom WI. It’s only a few miles south of Baraboo, or about 45 minutes north of Madison, but not to sound cliché but worlds away. The best way to find your way into the large sculpture garden is to first find Delaney’s Surplus store. Then make your way behind it to the garden’s entrance. This is no Wall Drug where everyone within the ...

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4 Reasons to Fall in Love with Santa Fe

Santa Fe’s nickname is The City Other, and it’s truly a unique place. But the locals jokingly call it Goddess Central for a good reason. That alone would make me want to check it out. Here are four reasons you’ll fall in love with Santa Fe.



Art – Canyon Road is an easy strolling mile of galleries. Find folk art to modern sculpture, and everything in between. One must see Gallery just off of Canyon Road is Nedra Matteucci. Peek at ...

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Cheese and Beer- Rural Wisconsin at its Finest Part 3

One of my summertime pleasures is sitting outside with friends at a scenic Beer Garden, sipping a micro brew. I found a nice one in New Glarus. The New Glarus Brewing Company is located on the edge of the village, and their new Biergarten overlooks the valley. I had to try one of their most famous flavors, Spotted Cow. I was not a fan, but my friends like it.


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Cheese and Beer – Rural Wisconsin at its Finest Part 2

Monroe, WI is the cheese capital of the Dairy State. It’s a typical Midwest farming town that sprang up when the railroad expanded in the mid 1800’s. The 1891 City Hall anchors a well preserved ethnic town square that just oozes charm. I was there as the weekly Farmer’s Market was wrapping up. I usually wait until the State Fair for my summer Cream Puffs, but it seemed like fate was tapping me in the shoulder, so I gave in ...

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Fields of Color in Skagit Valley

I live in the Midwest where winters are long and gray. Every year by February I am planning my escape to find some much needed sunshine and warm breezes. I usually head south. Last year I must have been missing the color more than the heat and decided what I really needed was tulips. Yes, tulips. I thought that was about how long into the season I could hold out without significant color.

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Red, Green or Christmas

Santa Fe has so many choices of exceptional food, more than I realized until I was in the thick of it. Determined not to let this experience escape me, I set out on a sort of dining frenzy to taste as much as possible. Many restaurants specialize in Northern New Mexican cooking which is neither Mexican nor Tex-Mex. Santa Fe is definitely known for its chiles and they are in everything. You get either red or green chiles, or if ...

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Santa Fe Dark and Rich – Chocolate of Course

A trip to Santa Fe would not be complete without sampling some of their famous chocolate. The first place that I visited was Kakawa Chocolates just off Canyon Road. After a hard morning of gallery hopping I needed some refreshment and Kakawa delivered. They are well known for their chocolate exlixirs, a dark rich pre-Columbian drink in tiny espresso cups. The drink is so rich that you probably wouldn’t want much more at one sitting anyway. But in case you ...

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Digging Las Vegas

023    When I hear Las Vegas, my first thought is “no thank you”. There are so many places, why would I spend my hard earned time     off and dollars in mega casinos? Well, I found a good reason. Good enough that I would even  repeat it. I discovered a company called Dig This! just off the north strip  where you can let out your inner tomboy and act like ...

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