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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.

MOUNTAINEER News:

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

Day Journeys to the Middle of Nowhere: An Adventure in Corrales

on October 14, 2012 - 7:55am

Travel Column by Kirsten Laskey

To say this place is centered in nowhere may be a bit of a stretch. It actually nips at the heels of one of those major sprawling communities that are located everywhere.

Still, when my parents and I drove into Corrales via Bernalillo recently, we were certain we had arrived but not entirely sure where.

Corrales and Bernalillo may tread on each others’ toes but driving down a road lined with trees that create a dappled pattern of sunlight and seeing horses roaming through pastures in the small town of Corrales, it is hard to believe that minutes away is a

'Education is Hope' Screened in Los Alamos

on September 30, 2012 - 11:09am

Film Producer Will O'Donnell and Editor Holger Waschinski. Photo by Karen Kendall

Staff report

On Saturday night, the Reel Deal Theater presented a free screening of the grassroots film Education is Hope. The film was produced locally and filmed in Kenya by Will O'Donnell  and Dylan Westfall. The documentary film highlights the efforts of the International Peace Initiatives (IPI) to provide opportunities for children to attend school. Holger Waschinski of Pac8 edited the movie.

Will O'Donnell and Fredah Rajab, a young woman featured in the film, were on hand before and after the

Travel the State with Presenter Bill Dunmire Thursday

on September 26, 2012 - 10:19am

By Kirsten Laskey

New Mexico is unique to the rest of the nation in many senses including the amount of unspoiled natural landscape in the state.

Viewing these expansive open spaces is a real treat, although it would probably require some lengthy car trips.

On Thursday, however, Los Alamos residents can tour their state by simply heading down to Mesa Public Library. Bill Dunmire is the featured speaker for this month’s Authors Speak and his talk begins at 7 p.m. in the Upstairs Rotunda.

Dunmire served 28 years in the National Park Service, mostly as a naturalist in a number of parks

Redbook Names Albuquerque and Santa Fe Among 'Most Romantic Date Destinations' in America

on August 31, 2012 - 11:10am

Image/Wikimedia Commons, Creative Commons, Attribution 3.0 Unported

Staff report:

Redbook magazine has released its list of the "Most Romantic Date Destinations" in America and Los Alamos has three of them in its own back yard ... or just a day's drive away. 

Redbook's list:

  • The Finger Lakes region of Upstate New York
  • St. Augustine, Fla.
  • Top of the Rock, New York City
  • The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, W.V.
  • St. Petersburg, Fla.
  • Harvest Inn, Napa Valley, Calif.
  • Albuquerque, N.M.
  • Pittsburgh, Penn.
  • Newport, RI.
  • Santa Fe, N.M.
  • Rincon, Puerto Rico
  • Sedona, Ariz.
  • Charleston, S.C.

In Albuquerque,

Day Journeys to the Middle of Nowhere: South Fork

on July 25, 2012 - 7:03am

Travel Column by Kirsten Laskey

Seeing a Whole New Side to South Fork

One of the great things about leaving your front door is that you can encounter anything. Anticipation for what you might stumble upon hums loudly as you move down the road.

I heard that hum of excitement as my parents and I recently drove to South Fork, Colo., despite the fact that I have visited this tiny “burg” several times in the past.

Photo: D&RGW water tower in South Fork. By Kirsten Laskey

My parents own a parcel of land in the area and were members the Rio Grande Club golf course.

I’ve spent many afternoons

Boy Scout Troop 22 Completes Philmont Cavalcade

on July 9, 2012 - 6:44pm

Standing on top of Mount Baldy from left, Jonathan Osden, Matthew Davenport, Miles Barkley, Walter Barkley, Jack Barkley, Ben Shirey, Bridger Spearing, Alex Shirey, Robert Shirey, Brad Morley, Steven Calhoun, Devon McCleskey, Nick Greenfield and Dane Spearing. Courtesy Photo

Boy Scout Troop 22 of Los Alamos has completed the cavalcade at the Philmont high-adventure camp in Cimarron.

Eleven boys, aged 14 through 16 and three adults, spent eight days riding horseback through the rugged mountains of northeastern New Mexico near the Valle Vidal.

Starting at base camp, this group was often up

Bandelier Offers Spectacular Viewing of Solar Eclipse

on May 16, 2012 - 9:34am

Bandelier National Monument News

Courtesy Poster By Tyler Nordgren

Bandelier National Monument, located in Northern New Mexico, will offer an amazing opportunity to witness a solar eclipse on Sunday, May 20.  “The last solar eclipse in the United States occurred in 1994, this will truly be a once in a lifetime experience,” said Superintendent Jason Lott.

There are 33 national parks positioned for a great view of the eclipse.  At Bandelier, visitors will see an annular eclipse where a thin ring of the sun is visible around the moon.

Thayers Travel to Africa

on May 8, 2012 - 8:08am

Longtime Los Alamos residents Nina and Gary Thayer pose outside their accomodations while traveling in Africa last year. The couple spent Oct. 22 to Nov. 7 on their Serengiti Safari to Tanzania and presented photographs and a talk about their adventures to the Rotary Club last Tuesday at Fuller Lodge. Photo from the Thayer Collection

Rotarian Nina Thayer shares details of the couple's trip last fall to Tanzania wth the Los Alamos Rotary Club as her husband Gary Thayer operates a computerized slide show of the adventure. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

A Quick Weekend Getaway to Taos

on March 16, 2012 - 12:06pm

 

San Francisco de Asis Church

My wife and I decided we needed to get out of town overnight. We didn't want to spend a lot of time in the car so we decided to head to Taos and hit some of the museums we hadn't seen yet.

We called and got last minute reservations at the Sagebrush Inn, which is a funky historic adobe hotel on the left as you are driving into Taos from the South (a little before the Wal-Mart). We got a last minute room rate of $89 bucks for a suite, which included a nice hot breakfast with eggs, bacon, hash browns and juice/coffee. (Mmmmmm Bacon and such a deal!)  Editors

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A Day Trip Excursion by Rail

on February 6, 2012 - 5:00pm
 
My wife and I decided to take an excursion down to Albuquerque for the afternoon on the Rail Runner a while back. We parked in downtown Santa Fe at the Rail Yard in the new underground parking lot. It cost a buck to park all day.

We took the short walk to the train depot and jumped on board at 11:20 a.m. Upstairs in the train there are groupings of four seats that face each other with a narrow table in between.

A ticket taker shows up after a while and you pay with cash or by credit card. The round trip to Albuquerque cost 8 bucks for adults, 6 for seniors and kids under 10 free.

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