Friday, May 10, 2013

Lion Mural

This is the New Chapa Lion Mural by Jesse Trevino at the Goodwill building in San Antonio's Market Square.  Brian and I used to live in San Antonio but we have not visited in about seven years.  This past weekend we decided to go and reminisce.  I've seen this mural before but I don't think we had a picture of it until now.  Really beautiful building that adds another layer of character to the already colorful Market Square area.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Signs of Something More?

Brian and I saw similar signs to the one above at almost all the ruins we saw in New Mexico over Labor Day weekend.  They made me wonder how often rattlesnakes approach the area when humans are present.  We also saw mention of what to do when confronted by a large animal, such as a wildcat.  "Make yourself look larger" the warnings said.  How does one do this?  And do people actually remember the warnings if they are approached by a dangerous animal?Honestly, although I was aware of my surroundings the entire time, I was not worried.  I felt relatively safe staying on the trails with other people in the afternoon heat.  The rattlesnakes can have all the privacy they want, however. 

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Gran Quivira

Brian and I spent Labor Day weekend traveling to New Mexico.  Leaving after work on Friday, we stopped in Amarillo overnight and continued on the next day to visit some of the Salinas Pueblo Missions near Mountainair, New Mexico, just south of Albuquerque.  There were three, the first one we visited is known today as Gran Quivira.  The ruins themselves date to the 17th century when the Spanish brought Catholicism to the Native Americans in the area.  Famine, attacks from outside tribes, and disease contributed to the desertion of these missions, but little details remain to fill in the complete history.

Thursday, August 2, 2012


On our trip to South Dakota, Brian and I drove through a wildlife refuge and found these guys by the side of the road.  We had been driving for quite a while, and had seen prairie dogs and other small creatures, but were wondering if the buffalo would grace us with their presence.  Finally we turned a corner, and there they were!  A field dotted with them, all different ages, colors and sizes.  They aren't too cute, but they are fun to watch in their natural habitat.  

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Independence Day Part II

Hello readers!  I am very sorry it has been so long since I've updated my blog; however, I have been quite busy.  We did a road trip to Mount Rushmore, and thought that would be appropriate for an Independence Day getaway.  I have to admit, I was more impressed with the natural beauty of the surrounding hills, valleys, rocks and nature than I was the stone carving.  Oh trust me, it took a lot of talent and years of dedicated work for Borglum's team to do this.  I wouldn't know where to start.  But just how did that granite and rock get there to begin with?  Our Creator put it there.  

Anyway, I have to say, Roosevelt was the one whose face wore the most genuine  expression.  What do you think?

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Independence Day

In honor of our nation's upcoming Independence Day celebration, I give you Thomas Jefferson, the primary author of our Declaration of Independence.  The above photo is taken inside his monument in Washington DC.  Below is Jefferson's home, Monticello. It is said that the day before he died, Jefferson asked, "Is it the fourth yet?" He died hours later, on July 4, 1826, as did John Adams.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

If These Walls Could Talk

 It's hard to believe that almost a year has gone by since these pictures were taken.  My mother came for a visit in the fall of 2011, when Brian and I were still living in Germany (the second time around).  We took her to Rothenburg.  It's a small town, where Christmas seems to be a year-round event, but there is a lot of charm and history to be seen.
These photos are of a bridge and some of the walls that are left to explore.  There isn't much left of them today, but they are fun to walk through and imagine different times in the city's history.  There are a lot of beautiful photo ops, too.  I recommend this little town if you're driving through Germany and want a quiet afternoon that is off the beaten path.