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LaFonda Hotel Part of the Santa Fe History

LaFonda Hotel Part of the Santa Fe History

The LaFonda Hotel has been a fixture in Santa Fe going back decades. The current hotel was built in 1922 on a downtown site where the first Santa Fe hotel was built in 1607 when Spaniards came to town. It is on the register of the Historic Hotels of America, was once...

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Cooped Up Stan's Chicken House

Cooped Up Stan's Chicken House

Stan has had back yard chickens for a few years. They weren't something he wanted as a childhood dream, but his adopted kids wanted chickens so he built them a first rate coop, feeds them, keeps their cage clean, and can't kill them because his daughter would cry. "...

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Turkey Time A Day of Thanks, 2018

Turkey Time A Day of Thanks, 2018

Pots and pans are on the stove, the table has been set for three, a Butterball Turkey browns in the oven. It took four hours for this bird to cook and slicing it up on the kitchen counter means dinner is close. Alan, Sherrie, and I have Thanksgiving this year at...

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Llamas Larkspur, Colorado

Llamas Larkspur, Colorado

Llamas are an important working animal in Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, and other high Andes South American countries used to transport goods where vehicles can't go. Llama wool keeps locals warm and you can buy hand made llama sweaters, caps and blankets in open markets in...

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Beth’s Bar and Grill Benkleman, Nebraska

Beth’s Bar and Grill Benkleman, Nebraska

This might be Beth's Bar and Grill, but it might not be Beth who serves us. This morning our hostess, waitress, cook is a short, stubby, older looking than she is woman who wears house slippers and a blue apron. She screws up her face funny when she writes our order...

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In the Geo-Hut Home Bases

In the Geo-Hut Home Bases

The Geo-Hut is adjacent to the derrick, hooked up to electric with heaters blasting 24/7 to deal with deteriorating colder and colder weather. Snow started yesterday and has laid a six inch blanket atop the Geo-Hut roof. Inside the trailer-office-bunkhouse, one bed is...

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Weston’s 1960 El Camino Going for a paint job

Weston’s 1960 El Camino Going for a paint job

This car is no longer a car. It is a piece of family history. In high school, Weston started banging out its dents, measuring from A to B, searching the internet for alternators and chrome. In college, he was home for holidays and fashioned new panels to replace...

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Dave Goodbye's

Dave Goodbye's

The last time I talked to Dave was on the phone. When he finally called me back he told me about his hospital stay, about the nurses, the food, the Doctors, the medications, the weather. " It's all that smoke in the air, " he explained as his reason for being in the...

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Rigo’s Truck Embudito Canyon, Albuquerque

Rigo’s Truck Embudito Canyon, Albuquerque

We follow our hiking trail early this morning ,before gnats wake up to bother us, both of us turning and twisting, pushing past granite boulders, cactus, and junipers to take ourselves further up a sandy, small arroyo up into a little canyon in the Sandia mountains....

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Rocking Horse For the Grandkids

Rocking Horse For the Grandkids

In Charlie's front entry, his project materials are carefully spread on the floor. There are drills and hammers, paint brushes, screwdrivers, scissors and a set of instructions, if needed. Charlie is building a Rocking Horse for his newest grand-daughter. In Charlie's...

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Medical Blues Douglas Hospital

Medical Blues Douglas Hospital

This is not a happy tale. Broken in a car crash ,Chris, flown by helicopter to the hospital trauma unit, is fed through a tube, breaths through a tube,has a sensor pinned into the top of his shaved head to reveal brain activity. Staff shift his body position every...

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