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  1. pudge

    Whats the appeal?

    One trip to a place like Assateague Island, MD answers the question. But everyone is different.
  2. pudge

    My new life - retired and full time!

    Boyce Thompson Arboretum Boyce Thompson Arboretum is the largest and oldest botanical garden in the state of Arizona. It is one of the oldest botanical institutions west of the Mississippi. Boyce Thompson is a wonderful day hike. It provides some beautiful mountain scenery and a path along...
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    My new life - retired and full time!

    Goldfield Ghost Town While trying to make the most of the Phoenix, AZ. area we headed to Superstition Mountain and once we got to Apache Junction we stumbled upon the Goldfield Ghost Town. The town was originally known as Goldfield, it was later renamed Youngberg and once again was named...
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    My new life - retired and full time!

    Japanese Friendship Garden You never know where you will find tranquility, or an interesting venue to tour. In the heart of Phoenix, AZ, within a stone’s throw of I-10, and next door to a high-rise apartment building is Ro Ho En, the Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix. The garden...
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    My new life - retired and full time!

    Confederate Air Force (Part 2) The CAF has many wings and squadrons. Starting in 2013, a limited number of larger units may be designated as an "airbase." The first is Airbase Arizona, located at Falcon Field in Mesa, AZ and redesignated in Jun 2013. Most CAF units are in the United States, but...
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    My new life - retired and full time!

    Confederate Air Force (Part 1) For those that love machines, particularly flying machines, and like to combine that with history a Confederate Air Force facility near you is the ticket. O.K., it’s no longer the Confederate Air Force – it’s the Commemorative Air Force – but the mission remains...
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    My new life - retired and full time!

    Phoenix raceway? Correct? I always wanted to do Skip Barber's at Limerock, CT
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    My new life - retired and full time!

    Phoenix Art Museum Lori and I like museums. Typically they are inexpensive entertainment and are educational. You can pick up tidbits from many subjects reading just the cards of art pieces that you find interesting. While this is increasing my ‘couch potato’ Jeopardy score I have not gotten...
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    My new life - retired and full time!

    Dwarf Car Museum Maricopa, a suburb of Phoenix, AZ, has one of the coolest museums of you fancy engineering and automobiles. While it is titled a museum, it is more garage like and if you are a gear head that is the best way to do it! There are no guides, just builders hanging around the...
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    My new life - retired and full time!

    Ajo Scenic loop If you are in Ajo, AZ. The second thing you should do (the first is always hit the visitor center or town museum) is take in the Ajo scenic loop. The loop covers a good bit of unimproved road so it is a slow go but the views are worth it. You start in downtown Ajo (at the...
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    My new life - retired and full time!

    Ajo Historical Museum Seeing we were in Gila Bend as a base of operations for the Phoenix, AZ area, getting food was a challenge. The local market in Gila Bend closed so the choices became Buckeye or Ajo, both 40 minutes away. Since we came to Gila Bend through Buckeye we were familiar...
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    My new life - retired and full time!

    Gila Bend museum What we learned this winter is that Phoenix, AZ is a very hard metro area to tour. Unlike other major cities the Phoenix metro area covers a lot of ground and everything is an hour away. The next time we are in this part of the country we will look at the geography a little...
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    My new life - retired and full time!

    Wigwam Motel Occasionally, we run across something very cool and it turns out to be even cooler and historically significant. As we were cruising around Holbrook, AZ we came across some very cool looking old cars parked next to teepees. It turns out that what we found was part of a motel...
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    My new life - retired and full time!

    Painted Desert at Petrified Forest Nation Park It was unfortunate that the front part of our trip through the desert southwest took place during the government shutdown of 2018. We had planned to stay in Holbrook (a journey KOA) and hop over to stand on a corner in Winslow. When we got...
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    My new life - retired and full time!

    Meteor Crater I’ll admit I haven’t figured out how to describe the location of some places out here in the western states. Meteor Crater is actually even harder to describe because it is named after Meteor – the post office that was closest to it. In reality it is actually close to I 40...
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    My new life - retired and full time!

    Winslow, AZ I’m a pretty simple guy. I think I have led a pretty good life since there are not many things that I really want to do or see before I can no longer travel. As a matter of fact the only thing left on my bucket list I managed to accomplish on our southwest swing. There is a line...
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    My new life - retired and full time!

    Homolovi State Park Homolovi State Park in Navajo, Arizona was established in response to public concern about the devastation of the Homolovi sites by illegal collectors of prehistoric artifacts. Homolovi is a Hopi word meaning "place of the little hills". The damage to the sites peaked...
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    UNM Art Museum I met the epitome of my art toleration. As you know I put art into three categories; Art I like, Art I don’t like, and how the hell is this even considered art? My experience came at the University of New Mexico Art Museum. The museum's permanent collection includes nearly...
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    R.C. Gorman Navajo Museum In Old Town Albuquerque you will find several art galleries. Right across from the park you will find an artist coop that houses one of the R. C. Gorman Navajo Museums. There are also galleries in Taos, Santa Fe, and Scottsdale. Rudolph Carl Gorman was a Native...
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    My new life - retired and full time!

    Albuquerque Photographers Gallery When you are in the Albuquerque area I recommend you plan at least four visits to the Old Town area. Two for the larger museums, and two for the smaller museums and shops (make sure you stop into one of the restaurants to eat!). Every time we went we found...




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