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Antarctica Adventure Subject of Unitarian Forum

on January 23, 2014 - 6:46am
Bill Priedhorsky and Melissa Bartlett on their Antarctica adventure. Courtesy photo


This week, The Forum at the Los Alamos Unitarian Church presents an Antarctica adventure at 10:10 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 26, at the church, 1738 Sage Loop.

Traveling aboard the good ship Sea Spirit, Bill Priedhorsky and Melissa Bartlett of Los Alamos made their way to the Falkland Islands, South Georgia Island and the South Shetland Islands before landing on the continent of Antarctica, a voyage of more than three weeks.

Penguins, seals, whales and sea birds were in great abundance and they

Solo Traveler: Culture Shock

on January 17, 2014 - 6:13am
Solo Traveler: Culture Shock

No matter where you go, even if they speak your language, every country in the world presents something to the traveler that is surprising, possibly even shocking.

Coming home after being away for some time can be a kind of culture shock as well. Each time I return to the U.S., I am struck with how little time people spend meeting my gaze. In many other countries, when people speak to you they look you in the eye the whole time. It’s not meant to be threatening. The steady gaze is just their way of seeing you as a human being.

Sydney’s Corner: Foods of Turkey

on January 11, 2014 - 8:34am

Sidney Frazier dining on frog legs in Turkey. Photo by Jason Frazier

Sydney’s Corner: Foods of Turkey

Introduction: Teralene Foxx. Photos by Jason Frazier

Over the past year, Sydney, our grandaughter, traveling the world with her parents has blogged about different foods: Foods of the Netherlands, Foods of  Poland, and now foods of Turkey. She was eight when then began their travels and turned nine in September. What amazes me is that this 8/9 year old is willing to try all these different foods. When they were in Bulgaria, she tried frog legs, which she proclaimed “They were really good.”

Win Taos Adventure Vacation While Helping Rescue Llamas

on January 9, 2014 - 7:12am

Pack llama on the trail near Taos. Courtesy/Wild Earth Llama Adventures

TAOS—Wild Earth Llama Adventures in Taos is giving abandoned, abused and neglected llamas a second chance while, at the same time, giving one couple a chance to win a five-day, four night vacation package to Taos with their llama rescue adventure raffle.

Only 100 raffle tickets will be sold now through Jan. 15, increasing the odds of winning. The drawing will be held on Jan. 16. The value of the entire package is well over $2,000.

The Taos vacation package includes: a three-day llama trekking adventure in New Mexico’s


Solo Traveler: When Lies Lead to Tourism

on December 29, 2013 - 9:23am
Statue of Zorro in El Fuerte, Sinaloa. Photo by Sherry Hardage
Fort in El Fuerte, Sinaloa. Photo by Sherry Hardage
Solo Traveler: When Lies Lead to Tourism

There is a beautiful little town in Sinaloa, Mexico, called El Fuerte, "The Fort." Situated on top of the tallest bluff along the river, the fort overlooks a forested wildlife preserve on the other side.

It is an old city, the birthplace of Don Diego de la Vega, known as the hero, Zorro. His wealthy parents moved, shortly after his birth, to the Los Angeles area of California, which was still part of Mexico.

Sydney's Corner: Roman Ruins, Bulgaria

on December 24, 2013 - 1:23pm
The Roman  Amphitheatre in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Photo by Jason Frasier
Sydney's Corner: Roman Ruins, Bulgaria

Sydney Frazier is the granddaughter of Los Alamos resident Teralene Foxx and is traveling the world with her parents for the next two years. As part of her home schooling during the trip, Sydney is blogging about her adventures. She is sharing some of her posts with the Los Alamos Daily Post.

We went to Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Did you know there are Roman ruins in Plovdiv? There are lots of Roman ruins in Plovdiv. I thought I would tell a little about them.

There is

No RTD Blue Bus Service Christmas or New Year’s Day

on December 21, 2013 - 7:23am

RTD News:

The North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) has announced that the RTD “Blue Buses” will not be in service on Wednesday, Dec.25 and Wednesday, Jan.1 in observance of the Christmas and New Year’s holidays respectively.

NCRTD regularly scheduled bus service throughout north central New Mexico including Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Santa Fe and Taos Counties will run as normal on the days preceding and following each of the holidays.

The North Central Regional Transit District provides free bus service Monday through Friday to a service area that encompasses over 10,000 square

Los Alamos Taxi: A Solution for Holiday Transportation Needs

on December 19, 2013 - 1:39pm

Staff Report

Visitors and locals without a car, as well as those that don’t drive used to be in a bind in Los Alamos. There’s no bus service or other transportation available after 7 p.m. or on weekends. Non-drivers who need to leave the Hill to catch a plane or train were also facing a problem. Enter Los Alamos native Cindy Capelli and Los Alamos Taxi. Capelli, who also owns New Mexico Wine Tours, started Los Alamos Taxi a year ago to meet these needs.

This holiday season, travelers have the option of traveling to the Albuquerque or Santa Fe airports or the train station in one of

Solo Traveler: The Soloists

on December 12, 2013 - 7:41am
Rocky Mountain Park scene. Photo by Momo Vuyisich
A stream in Rocky Mountain Park. Photo by Momo Vuyisich
Solo Traveler: The Soloists

I was in high school when I read Isabella Bird’s famous book A Lady’s Life in the Rocky Mountains.

She was a 19th century British explorer who supported herself with writing. She traveled alone most of the time, and found that “pluck” was rather admired in the American West.

Most people were filled with too much admiration for her solo travel and independent spirit to do her any harm.

Solo Traveler: Traveling With Friends

on December 3, 2013 - 8:21am
Solo Traveler: Traveling With Friends

My mother has a friend who has traveled the world alone for the last 40years. When mom hinted she’d love to go on a trip, her friend diplomatically answered, “I wouldn’t want to jeopardize our friendship.”

Traveling with other people can certainly change a relationship. I have known of a few couples who started out as friends on a trip and ended up getting married later on. It’s also not unusual for an extended trip to seriously strain a marriage.

From personal experience, I can attest to being surprised at how a person I knew before

NCRTD 'Blue Buses' Not in Service Nov. 28-29

on November 23, 2013 - 10:15am


The North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) has announced that the RTD “Blue Buses” will not be in service Thursday, Nov. 28 and Friday, Nov. 29 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.  Regularly scheduled bus service throughout north central New Mexico including Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Santa Fe and Taos Counties will resume Monday, Dec. 2.

The North Central Regional Transit District provides free bus service Monday through Friday to a service area that encompasses over 10,000 square miles of north central New Mexico including the counties of Los Alamos, Rio Arriba,

UNESCO Sites: Irreplaceable Sources of Life and Inspiration

on November 22, 2013 - 6:34am
Stones of Avebury. Photo by Jason Frazier

Terry Foxx of Los Alamos with her daughter Kerri Frazier, granddaughter Sydney and husband Jim Foxx gathered around one of the large stones of Avebury. Photo by Jason Frazier

Avebury, a Site Worth Visiting

Our traveling family (Kerri, Jason and Sydney Frazier) frequently joke that Kerri should get a bumper sticker that reads, “Will stop for flora, fauna, cheese, and UNESCO World Heritage Sites.” Although it may be a joke, there is some truth to this.

Europe 2014 Selling Coffee Again!

on November 19, 2013 - 8:10am


Image designed by student traveler Caroline Schramm

LAHS News:

Interested in supporting educational travel? Buy some fresh-roasted, organic, Fair Trade coffee and help more than a dozen Los Alamos High School graduating seniors see historic sights in Europe next June!

For 15 days, the group of 2014 Los Alamos graduates will learn through the power of visiting actual historical sites in six different countries, including Anne Frank’s house, Versailles, and Stonehenge.

Solo Traveler: When Romance Dies

on November 18, 2013 - 8:55am
Beds in stowed position on a Thai train. Photo by Sherry Hardage
Beds come down for the night. Photo by Sherry Hardage
Solo Traveler: When Romance Dies

Train travel ─ is there anything more romantic? Well, Paris maybe. Better yet, train travel to and from Paris!

There is a website, The Man in Seat 61 created by a fellow whose love affair with trains goes back to his childhood. His site features descriptions, schedules, fares, and even videos of just about every passenger train in the world.

I read about the trains in Thailand and wanted to ride the one from

Former LANL Security Chief Jack Killeen Launches Retirement With 2,700 Mile Adventure

on November 14, 2013 - 3:10pm

Jack Killeen arrives at the Mexican Border south of Palomas, N.M., following a nine week, 2,700 mile mountain bike journey from the Canadian Border. Photo by Sonja Killeen

Attracted to the salt, this deer ate Jack Killeen's glove, the inside of his bike helmet and one of the white arm guards he wore to protect against the sun. Photo by Jack Killeen


Los Alamos Daily Post

It was 3 a.m. and the sound of a large animal outside his tent brought former Los Alamos National Laboratory Security Division Leader Jack Killeen to his feet.

One Year On the Road

on November 12, 2013 - 8:56am

One year anniversary of three-year world tour. Courtesy photo


Introduction by Teralene Foxx

It has been a year since our daughter Kerri and her husband Jason Frazier and daughter Sydney began their world travels. I really appreciate those who have asked me how they are or say they are following their adventure through the Los Alamos Daily Post. And thanks LA Daily Post for following their journey. In Jason’s latest blog, he shares what they have found out about themselves and the world in this last year. 

But before getting to Jason’s blog, I would like to answer several

Council Approves $365,248 to Aid Struggling Commercial Air Service Program

on November 5, 2013 - 8:44pm

Airport Manager Peter Soderquist presented to Council this evening a commercial air service update and asked for a budget revision of $365,248 to the contract with the County to fund the commercial air service program, which includes $100,000 for associated marketing.

Solo Traveler: Money Security

on November 4, 2013 - 8:32am
A beach on the island of Koh Tao in Thailand, where Sherry Hardage is currently traveling. Photo by Sherry Hardage
Solo Traveler: Money Security

I have become convinced that the ubiquitous ATM has made it possible for most people to travel anywhere.

When I first traveled abroad, alone at age 18, I carried traveler’s checks. In some countries these days, traveler’s checks can only be cashed at banks and can be burdensome if cash is needed right away.

You might want to check the exchange rates for your destination.

Solo Traveler: Packing Tips

on October 28, 2013 - 10:40am
Solo Traveler: Packing Tips

In the last column I talked about traveling light, taking one carry-on suitcase and a large purse-like bag for electronics. That sounds fine and dandy, but in reality, how do you pack everything you need for a month (or six) in two small carry-on bags?

It might help to take a look at what constitutes “need.” We’re familiar with the travel-sized packages of lotion, shampoo, deodorant, and toothpaste. Unfortunately, the TSA has a limit on the amount of solids, pastes, and creams that can be carried onboard.

The bottom of the suitcase unzipped to pack

Comment Sought on State Rail Plan

on October 24, 2013 - 8:01am


Santa Fe – The public is invited to provide final comment on the New Mexico State Rail Plan that will serve as a five year plan for the State’s railroad program. The Rail Plan, which is a Federal requirement, sets forth state policy regarding passenger and freight rail transportation.

It identifies current and future passenger and freight rail facilities, services, needs, issues and opportunities.

Solo Traveler: Round the World Travel – Packing Light

on October 23, 2013 - 8:29am
Sherry Hardage is currently exploring Thailand. This is a spirit house, a little edifice for the displaced spirits when a building or house is built on land the spirits inhabited. They are given food, drink and incense every morning by the new owners of the land, and the squirrels benefit from everyone's generosity. Photo by Sherry Hardage
Solo Traveler: Round the World Travel – Packing Light

I have always been impressed with people who go on a round the world trip with nothing but a tiny suitcase and what they are wearing.

Deva Houti was an Indian

Solo Traveler: Tourist vs. Traveler

on October 16, 2013 - 7:23am
Solo Traveler: Tourist vs. Traveler

"The traveler sees what he sees; the tourist sees what he has come to see."  – Gilbert K. Chesterton

I ran across this quote some time ago. It reminded me of a discussion I had with an old (we dated back in high school) boyfriend. He said he loved to travel, and he traveled only with Grand Circle and National Geographic tours, both of which are excellent companies. He described how many places he’d been and how much information he had acquired in very short periods of time.

His description sounded like he spent a lot of money

Solo Traveler: Food

on September 28, 2013 - 7:46am
Pears for sale at a market in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas. Photo by Sherry Hardage
Solo Traveler: Food

For people going on a cruise, where delicious food is available all day and into the night, it’s probably better to lose weight before the trip. Foodie tours of France, Italy, and Mexico can quickly pack on the pounds, too.

Even adventure travel can do in a diet. Several summers ago I went on a five-day rafting trip down the wild Yampa River in Colorado with the O.A.R.S. Company.

Solo Traveler: Themed Travel - Fountains

on September 17, 2013 - 7:38am
Solo Traveler: Themed Travel - Fountains

When on a long trip, I’ve discovered that I don’t get terribly excited about visiting a place until I actually put feet on the ground. Then the smells, sounds, the struggle to understand and be understood, all conspire to light a fire in my heart and make me want to explore.

I read about the Trevi Fountain in Rome and wanted to see it, but I wasn’t savvy enough at the time to use my iPad’s map functions nor had I discovered the iPad’s GPS. Plus, I went to Rome with two other women who had their own agendas about what to see.


Solo Traveler: Socialized Medicine

on September 12, 2013 - 8:10am
Solo Traveler: Socialized Medicine

An issue that every traveler must eventually contend with is medical care. Inevitably travelers get colds, bellyaches, injured, or worse. So if you’re in another country, far from home, what do you do?

Most American medical insurance companies will cover you in foreign lands with the caveat that you pay for the medical services and they’ll reimburse you. Travel medical insurance is available for a reasonable fee per year, or a not quite so reasonable fee per trip.