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Fishing the Rio Grande fishing on rafts on upper Rio Grande

The Rio Grande river runs through New Mexico and most of the state's population and bigger cities hug the river's edges all the way through the state, from north to south. The river is sustained by snow pack in Colorado and this is a good year with the river running...

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Performers Mountain Hay Fever Bluegrass Festival

There are 15 bands at this bluegrass festival and sixty to seventy performers. The performers gather in a small tent of their own, practicing, visiting, re-newing old friendships and making new ones, talking shop, telling jokes, calming nerves, rehearsing what they...

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On Stage-Video Kody Norris Band

One of the more entertaining bands at the festival, playing numerous sets over the four days, is the Kody Norris Show, a favorite of Neal and his sons, Max and Weston. The Kody Norris show features traditional bluegrass with some dancing, clowning around, comedy, and...

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Portillo’s In Fountain Hills, Arizona

At closing, Portillo's, in Fountain Hills, is almost empty. The eatery specializes in Chicago food, hot dogs, polish sausage and Italian Beef. The restaurant is gleaming and has checkered tablecloths, old style movie posters and employees dressed in sporty uniforms....

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Greg’s Trio at Fountain, Arizona Pizza IS EXTRA

The occasion that brings us to Arizona is a live jazz performance. Escaping Chicago in the winter months, Greg and Judy rent a Fountain Hills house, from a musician friend, and play every Saturday night at a close by Fountain Hills eatery. They are joined for the gig...

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Hand rolling cigars in DR-Video In the Zona Colonia

The little cigar making room, entered through a small corner tobacco shop in the Zona Colonia, has four men inside. One is reading the paper, another is watching the cigars being made, two men are working - making cigars, by hand, one at a time.  " He is muy...

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Street Empanadas One street over from Calle Estrellita

Every time I pass, I see customers at this little empanada stand - ordering, sitting in these plastic lawn chairs,visiting, stopping a moment in life, standing, moving away, replaced in moments by someone else. It is all very random. The process is like those parts of...

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Dirty Laundry four blocks away

Dirty laundry catches up with all of us. Only bringing a carry on suitcase this trip, and looking at my pile of dirty clothes on the bed, I am down to my last clean socks and shirt. I could have brought a bigger suitcase but I wanted to travel as light as I could....

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Trip to Sanoa Beach From Santo Domingo

Those going on this day trip from Santo Domingo to Sanoa Island start at the Pizzerelli Pizza Palace at six forty five in the morning. There is no one on the street this morning when I walk to our assigned pick up point, but, at the pizza place, there are five of us...

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