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They're Off! Local Teens Jet to Europe

on June 15, 2013 - 8:30am
Twenty four Los Alamos High School students are jetting off from the Albuquerque Sunport for an educational tour of Europe June 13-25. The Los Alamos Daily Post will be following their progress and publishing updates and photos from the trip. Courtesy photo

Solo Traveler: Traveling For Inspiration

on June 10, 2013 - 12:41pm
Solo Traveler: Traveling for inspiration

People who travel broadly do it for a variety of reasons. Personally I love to experience life and culture outside the realm to which I’ve become accustomed.

And in the process, I am often inspired to look at an incident and see it in a wider global context, to put some normal life occurrence into a broader perspective. Once in a while, poetry even gets written.

Iceberg in Alaska. Photo by Sherry Hardage

Alaskan Excursion

The tough old bird
yelled at the clueless
land-living tourists,
gawking at the iceberg

Solo Traveler: Pueblo Magico Comitán de Domíngues

on June 3, 2013 - 8:15am
Solo Traveler

Pueblo Magico Comitán de Domíngues

The Mexican Tourism Board has given the designation Pueblo Magico to a number of cities around the country.

It is an honor indicating a place of exceptional beauty, historical significance, and tourist opportunities that provide a "magical" experience.

Most of them are colonial cities, built during the first 150 years of Spanish occupation. Some, like San Cristóbal de las Casas and Comitán de Domíngues in Chiapas, were founded a mere 50 years after Cortes invaded Mexico.

Comitán is lower in altitude than San

Going Wild at Yellow Hills Ranch

on May 27, 2013 - 12:01pm
Wild mustangs run free at Yellow Hills Ranch. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
A sheep is sheared using traditional methods at the Tierra Wools Spring Fesitval
. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Los Alamos Daily Post

I recently spent the day in the Chama River Valley on a day-long adventure that took me to the Tierra Wools Spring Festival in the village of Los Ojos and then to Yellow Hills Ranch. I was part of a Yellow Hills Ranch Eco-Tour led by Deborah Stephens.

I joined a small group of fellow adventurers for the 1.5 hour drive, which landed

Solo Traveler: Perceptions of Los Alamos

on May 27, 2013 - 11:13am
Solo Traveler
Perceptions of Los Alamos

In a traveling life, just like life at home, we meet people we connect with instantly, forming long lasting friendships. And sometimes we meet people we hope we never see again.

In San Cristobal, Chiapas, I met a handsome middle-aged world traveler named Temoc. He invited me to join him for coffee the next day. I was delighted. As an older lady, I don’t get asked on dates very often.

We met in front of an excellent coffee and pastry restaurant under the portal across from the Zócalo. Another woman showed up.

Solo Traveler: Why Go Alone?

on May 21, 2013 - 9:16am
Solo Traveler
Why Go Alone?

The disadvantages of traveling alone are all too obvious. Nobody knows exactly where you are, who you’re with, or what you are doing.

Without a companion, it can be terribly lonely, especially while traveling in countries with different languages. It can be downright scary if a country has a bad reputation for violence or mistreatment of women. So you rarely hear about the advantages of solo travel.

When traveling with someone, we tend to speak our own language. We share experiences and observations with our companion.

Travel to Portugal with CIR

on May 15, 2013 - 8:07am

Basilica de Santa Luzia, situated atop the hill of Santa Luzia in Viana do Castelo, Portugal. Courtesy photo

CIR News:

This September the Santa Fe Council on International Relations is offering a trip to Portugal focused on the country's history, culture and art. 

The trip takes place Sept. 19-Oct. 1 and originates in Lisbon.

CIR is a nonpartisan, nonprofit educational resource of about 600 members, dedicated to promoting the understanding of international and cultural affairs and to promoting "grassroots diplomacy." 

“CIR has a very interesting and diverse membership, so in addition to


Mules and More at Bond House Museum

on May 12, 2013 - 8:48am

Archival photograph of the Bond House in former days. Courtesy/Center for SW Reach Archives at UNM


Our neighboring city of Española is where many of us shop. We know about Wal-Mart, Lowes, maybe even the bowling alley in the casino, but what about their history museum?

Who knew there was such a gem as the Bond House? It’s behind the church on the plaza. Most of us pass right by it when we head home to Los Alamos.

Franklin Bond arrived from Canada, when Española was little more than a dirt rail yard on the banks of the Rio Grande.

Day Journeys to the Middle of Nowhere: Discovering Madrid

on May 11, 2013 - 9:38am
Travel Column by KIRSTEN LASKEY

It’s been said that the most valuable experience while on travel isn’t actually arriving at the destination, but the journey to the destination.

However, while in a small gallery/gift store in Madrid, N.M., I was reminded about an equally important aspect of travel – the memories collected while traveling.

My recent tour of Madrid proved both these statements true. The road to Madrid starts with the bustle and traffic of Santa Fe, but the further my mother and I continued down U.S. 285, U.S. 84 and then N.M.

Solo Traveler: Lost in Translation

on May 6, 2013 - 7:32am
Solo Traveler
Lost in Translation

On my first day in the Cappadocia region of Turkey, I went to Ürgüp to buy some hiking boots.

It was well after lunchtime when I found a nice restaurant with an outdoor patio. I ordered grilled chicken on salad that came, in the usual Turkish fashion, with a basket of delicious fluffy white bread.

The restaurant had a powerful Wi-Fi signal, and since I was the only person with a device, it was screaming fast. Sometimes I’m glad I splurged on an iPad, but at other times I have been disappointed in it.

Solo Traveler: The Art of Renting

on April 29, 2013 - 8:04am
Solo Traveler
The Art of Renting

It dawned on me one day in Florence, that without engaging in the art of renting, all the travel I’d been doing for the last few years would not have been possible.

Still clearly a novice, I don't know every website that features places to rent. A full apartment isn’t always needed or wanted, and I’m only marginally comfortable renting a room in a home and sharing the bath.

At people post their spare rooms for rent. Sometimes a private bath is included; often the bath is shared.

Solo Traveler: When Atheists Pray

on April 25, 2013 - 10:44am
Solo Traveler
When Atheists Pray

A combi in Mexico is a van, usually a Toyota, with bench seats installed along each wall, behind the driver's seat, and across the back. Packed solid, they can hold 20 or more people.

Combi drivers have a reputation for crazy fast driving, passing other cars on blind curves, sliding over the yellow line into oncoming traffic. Yet, miraculously, you almost never hear of a combi flying off a cliff and killing everyone. The drivers are just careful enough.

But every once in a while a driver is so bad you know your time on earth

Solo Traveler: Slow-Go Travel

on April 17, 2013 - 8:23am
Solo Traveler
Slow-Go Travel

As a retired solo traveler, cost is my main concern when I want to go anywhere.

A hotel room costs almost as much for one as for two, making traveling alone rather expensive. Hostels and pensiónes can also be a bit pricey even when the bathroom is shared.

From my perspective, the best way to extend travel funds is to travel slowly. Find an area of the world that sounds intriguing, rent a small furnished apartment and stay a while.

Food everywhere is cheaper when purchased in the markets and cooked at “home.” If the utilities

Los Alamos' New Air Service Takes Off Today / Exclusive Video!

on April 8, 2013 - 10:02am

New Mexico Airlines' Cessna Caravan. Photo by Greg Kendall/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Friday April 5, New Mexico Airlines and the County Airport manager hosted media tours and flights of the Cessna Caravan airplane that will fly between Los Alamos and Albuquerque beginning today, Monday April 8.

Cost for the round trip flight including taxes is $97.99 per person.

New Mexico Airlines Director of Operations David Jones told the Los Alamos Daily Post that he has been flying the Caravan for 13 years and loves this type of plane.

"It keeps me home every night.

Traveling the World on $100 a Day

on March 15, 2013 - 9:25am

Kerri (Foxx) Frazier, Jason Frazier and Sydney Frazier Riding bikes in Paris, France. Courtesy photo

Kerri (Foxx) Frazier, Sydney Frazier and Jason Frazier in Denia, Spain. Courtesy Photo


Traveling the World on $100 a Day
Los Alamos

Travel can be expensive. Can you travel around the world on $100/day/person? 

Jason, Kerri (1991 graduate of Los Alamos High School) and their daughter Sydney, 8, are on a Round the World Trip (

Before going, they researched costs and found the estimated $25,000 per person per year was

Los Alamos Runner Tackles Marathon Des Sables

on February 26, 2013 - 10:51am
Garth Reader running in the Desert RATS ultra-marathon in Utah. Courtesy photo


Marathon Des Sables is not for the faint of heart. The ultra-race typically spans 156 miles across the Sahara Desert and features sweltering temperatures well above 100 degrees.

It gets better. racers not only run through this scorching environment, they also must do so with all their supplies strapped to their backs.

Los Alamos resident Garth Reader was intrigued.

How is an 8 Year Old Adjusting to World Travel?

on February 17, 2013 - 3:09pm

Sydney Frazier at the Eiffel Tower in Paris recently. She is the granddaughter of Los Alamos resident Teralene Foxx and is traveling the world with her parents for the next two years. Photo by Jason Frazier


Los Alamos

In October, my youngest daughter Kerri, her husband Jason Frazier, and 8-year-old daughter Sydney began their long planned adventure of traveling around the world (see "Traveling the World" Los Alamos Daily Post, Nov. 29, 2012.)

One of the main questions they were asked before leaving “What about your daughter?” Of course they were taking her with them

Community Invited to Hear Michael and Michele Altherr Share their 'Adventures in Africa'

on February 11, 2013 - 7:20am

The Mountaineers February meeting features 'Adventures in Africa' by Michael and Michele Altherr. A daily event in their adventures was the sundown wildlife watch. Here, on a tributary of the Luangwa River, the watch included a full bar and lanterns with an armed guard on crocodile watch. Hippos snorting, elephants trumpeting in the distance, gin and tonic in the bush, and the sunset across the river made for a truly unique experience. Courtesy photo

Adventures in Africa

Africa is the world’s second largest and second most populous continent.

Valles Caldera Trust Recaps Record Year

on February 1, 2013 - 8:14am

VCT News:

JEMEZ SPRINGS – A year of recovery, restoration and new beginnings was highlighted by record revenues and visitation at the Valles Caldera National Preserve in 2012.

The numbers are detailed in the Valles Caldera Trust’s Report to Congress for Fiscal Year 2012 (Oct. 1, 2011 through Sept. 30, 2012.)

The report details the challenges and successes of 2012, reviews the historical accomplishments and progress made from 2008-2012 and presents the outlook for fiscal year 2013.

One of the new beginnings was the appointment of Dennis Trujillo as executive director.

Posts From Abroad: Christmas in Paris

on January 6, 2013 - 9:52am

Kerri Frazier is the youngest daughter of longtime Los Alamos resident Terry Foxx. Late last fall, Frazier and her husband Jason Frazier and their 8-year-old daughter embarked on a two-year trip around the world. The family's first stop was Paris on Dec. 1 and during their month-long stay, Jason Frazier wrote about their experience of Christmas in Paris. The family left Paris Jan. 1 and is now visiting Southern France. Courtesy/Frazier Family


Christmas in Paris
By Jason Frazier

Christmas season in the United States assaults all your senses.

Posts From Abroad: The Gibson's Travel Through Egypt

on December 30, 2012 - 8:51am

Los Alamos residents Robert Gibson and his wife Lori Heimdahl Gibson spent time traveling through Egypt earlier this month including a visit to the Khafre Pyramid, one of the three major pyramids at Giza near Cairo. Photo by Robert Gibson

Lori Heimdahl Gibson stands near the Great Sphinx at Giza. Photo by Robert Gibson

Staff Report

Longtime Los Alamos residents Lori Heimdahl Gibson, founder of JUNTOS, and her husband, former County Councilor Robert Gibson spent time visiting Egypt earlier this month.

After returning home to Los Alamos, the couple shared some of the photos from their trip

Mountaineers Share Adventures From at Least Four Continents

on December 10, 2012 - 10:07am

Cholatse and Taboche Peaks, both above 21,000 feet, and Ngozumba glacier. About a mile below the peaks lies the village of Gokyo, one of the highest inhabited places in the world. Photo by Don Krier.


The community is invited to join Los Alamos Mountaineers as they celebrate another great year with a potpourri of their 2012 accomplishments.

The "Annual Potpourri Event" at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19 at Fuller Lodge will tell of member adventures from as far afield as the Khumbu in Nepal.

During the past year, the club offered 43 official outings, and members had

Day Journeys to the Middle of Nowhere: Cordova

on November 29, 2012 - 6:20am
Travel Column by Kirsten Laskey
Journey By Random Selection

When my sister and I were kids, we would spin a plastic globe, close our eyes and halt the sphere with our index fingers.

Wherever our fingers landed was where we would travel when we were older.

I can not remember any of the far-flung spots my fingers touched upon but I do know I never got around to seeing any of them. Until now.

Last week I did not spin a globe but used a similar method, a random Internet search, to determine which New Mexico town I should visit next.

Dragonfly painting on Cundiyo art gallery wall. Photo by

Exploring The World: Travel And Nature Journals

on October 31, 2012 - 8:10am

Journals from an avid traveler. Photo by Katy Korkos

PEEC News:

Tuesday, Nov. 6, PEEC will offer the first in a series of three classes on travel and nature journaling taught by Terry Foxx, Katy Korkos and Fairley Barnes. 

The class is on three consecutive Tuesdays from 6-8 p.m., and costs $40 for PEEC members and $50 for all others.

This price includes all supplies and materials for the three sessions.

Many of us are looking for ways to connect with our world through travel or simply through observing nature around us.  

Traveling, we pack our suit case with a notebook intended to be