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Nine Weekends of Taos Grand Fall Arts Begins

on August 21, 2013 - 7:22am
A season of color in Taos. Photos by Jill Caven and Janet Burns

Staff Report

TAOS—Fall colors in Taos include not only the vivid changing leaves in Carson National Forest but a multi-colored palette of festivals that take place throughout September and October.  

The 2013 Taos Grand Fall Arts season includes many art, music, literary, and culinary events and several major festivals – Taos Fall Arts Festival, Taos Wool Festival, and SOMOS Storytelling Festival are among the most popular.

This year, the roster of events features a number of colorful personalities:

Aug. 17-Sept.1 Grammy-winner

Solo Traveler: Why Wait?

on August 16, 2013 - 7:38am
Solo Traveler: Why Wait?

Why wait to retire before you start traveling? Why not retire now? Why not travel now and figure out a different way to make money?

I had the advantage of working for a big company that, in a cost-saving move, kicked me out before I planned to retire. Hiring someone very young with no experience was a sound financial decision for them.  

But let’s back up. I wasn’t “kicked out.” I was given a very powerful disincentive to stay in my job.

If I would retire by their deadline, I could keep my health insurance.

Solo Traveler: From Riches to Rags

on August 7, 2013 - 9:02am
Solo Traveler: Riches to Rags

After a three-month trip to Europe, I told my sister I needed to buy some new clothes. “Halleluiah,” she cried.

She thinks that wearing the same clothes over and over is a sad state of affairs and she loves to shop. She’s convinced shopping will be the cure to my obsession with not having things.

You see, I’ve gone from riches to rags – literally - in my sister’s opinion. I’ve joined the small but growing number of people who want a simpler life.

Simple living begins with having as little as we can get away with and continues with

Solo Traveler: Guides

on August 2, 2013 - 6:54am
Solo Traveler: Guides

In most areas of the world, tour companies provide both a good driver and a tour guide for each busload of passengers.

While most of the drivers are excellent, the tour guides can be great, mediocre or just plain charlatans.

I went on a tour in 1985 from Delhi to the Taj Mahal. The guide was a young lady who spoke heavily accented English, very fast. I had read several books to get an idea what we would be seeing and knew a lot about the history of Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal.

Rare Chance to Explore Abandoned Copper Mine

on July 25, 2013 - 8:04am
Nacimiento Copper Mine site. Courtesy photo

PEEC News:

The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is offering a rare chance to visit the abandoned Nacimiento Copper Mine near Cuba Aug.10.

The trip, led by local geology expert Patrick Rowe, will be fun and hands-on for both adults and children. Participants will explore the area, with ample chances to find beautiful specimens such as petrified wood.

Specimens found at the Nacimiento Cooper Mine site. Courtesy photo

In addition to petrified wood specimens, which are regularly covered with exquisite green malachite and blue azurite,

Solo Traveler: Tours

on July 24, 2013 - 8:19am
Solo Traveler: Tours

Those of us who travel independently sometimes have disdain for tours. We know how much things generally cost and think tours are often a rip-off.

I do not enjoy being taken to a restaurant the tour company has chosen, and then told what to order off a limited “tourist” menu. And I’ve come to despise being taken to a “crafts workshop” that is actually nothing more than a high priced trinket store on the pretext of a “cultural” experience.

But sometimes I opt for day-tours so I can be assured of getting to the places of interest in relative

Somethings Wrong With Plane's Return Schedule ... Speak Up Now

on July 17, 2013 - 8:17am

Courtesy photo


Ridership, load factors, passengers per week for the Los Alamos Commercial Air Service show signs of positive growth although at a slower pace than last month.

This is seasonal and this “slowness” will be countered in August and September when most government employees generally travel “a little extra.” Unfortunately, we are utilizing the grant money faster than hoped. A meeting between County personnel and Lab representatives is schedule in mid-July to discuss this.

The flight schedule was changed four weeks ago to increase ridership on early morning and

Adventures in Mexico Featured at July Meeting of Los Alamos Mountaineers

on July 15, 2013 - 8:15am

Sherry Hardage, Mexico adventurer, will speak at the July 17 meeting of the Los Alamos Mountaineers. Courtesy photo
By Bill Priedhorsky
Los Alamos Mountaineers

Have you ever traveled abroad with a tour group and thought “I could lead my own trip?”

In February 2012, Sherry Hardage took a tour to Copper Canyon and Bahia Magdelena with Nichols Expeditions. After living in Chiapas, Mexico for six months, Sherry decided to organize her own expedition and offer it to the Los Alamos Mountaineers.

Eight people signed on, and the July Mountaineers program will tell the story of their

Solo Traveler: Free Lodging, Part II

on July 14, 2013 - 9:45am
Solo Traveler: Free Lodging Part II

In the previous column, I talked about people swapping their homes for free lodging on trips.

But for those who don’t yet own a home, and/or are still energetic and adventurous, there are more interesting alternatives: WWOOF, WorkAway, and volunteer programs.

WWOOF stands for World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms and WorkAway gives you a chance to work away from your comfort zone.

On both websites people who need some help with a farm, business, or home, advertise room and board in exchange for about twenty hours of work

Jason Frazier's London In Red

on July 10, 2013 - 10:25am

Changing of the Guard. Photo by Jason Frazier


Introduction by Teralene Foxx of Los Alamos

It has been six and a half months since our daughter, husband, and 8-year-old child (Kerri, Jason, and Sydney Frazier) left to travel the world. Their travels have had ups and downs, but overall has been as good, or better than their expectations.

They have met interesting people, seen amazing sites, and experienced different cultures.


Solo Traveler: Free Lodging, Part I

on July 8, 2013 - 9:03am

Solo Traveler: Free Lodging Part I

I have mentioned in previous columns how traveling solo over many months can be rather expensive. And I’ve talked about house sitting as an alternative to paying for expensive hotel rooms. But there is another excellent way for people to travel without paying a dime for lodging.

For those who own homes, the cheapest way to travel abroad is to trade houses with other people.

I’ve had friends express horror at the thought of strangers using their stuff, and possibly stealing or breaking their things.

Sydney's Corner: Food of the Netherlands

on July 8, 2013 - 8:08am

Sydney Frazier, 8, with Poffertjes. Photo by Jason Frazier


Introduction by Teralene Foxx of Los Alamos

I have previously updated you on the around the world travels of our daughter Kerri Foxx Frazier, Jason Frazier and their 8-year-old daughter Sydney. Every week, as part of her home schooling Sydney does a blog of something she has found interesting. Having just been in the Netherlands on a river cruise, I found this blog about her experience with food in the Netherlands delightful and wanted to share it with you.


Solo Traveler: The Stripper’s Keys

on July 1, 2013 - 7:03am
Solo Traveler: The Stripper's Keys

As a solo traveler, I’ve learned the hard way that there is no one to count on but myself. That means I have to be über-responsible, always alert and on guard.

Traveling in second- and third-world countries, every day is a training ground. Literally, the ground must be watched carefully, or I will fall, trip, drop into a hole, or have my feet slide out from under me. Falling is by far my biggest travel fear, and I seem to have a trip per trip, no matter how careful I am.

The other great fear is losing something extremely

Los Alamos Students Complete European Journey

on June 25, 2013 - 8:56am
Twenty four Los Alamos students celebrated on a Bateaux Mouche on the Seine their high school graduation and their 12 days traveling through Europe. Photo by Lynn Ovaska
Students at the top of Galeries Lafayette. Photo by Lynn Ovaska
View from the Padlock Bridge. Photo by Lynn Ovaska

Los Alamos Student Travelers Take Paris By Storm

on June 24, 2013 - 8:24am
The Eiffel Tower is tres magnifique for 24 graduating seniors from Los Alamos touring Europe on an educational trip of a lifetime. The students are discovering Paris. Photo by Lynn Ovaska
Deep thinking underway at Versaille. Photo by Lynn Ovaska


Los Alamos Student Travelers Tour Switzerland

on June 23, 2013 - 9:42am

Twenty-four graduating seniors from Los Alamos are touring Europe on an educational trip of a lifetime. After a long climb, they reached the top of Mt. Pilatus. Photo by Lynn Ovaska

The students view a stone lion in Lucerne. Photo by Lynn Ovaska

The group dines at their quaint Swiss Hotel. Photo by Lynn Ovaska

Solo Traveler: Planning a Really Big Trip ... Alone

on June 22, 2013 - 9:41am
Solo Traveler: Planning a Really Big Trip ... Alone

Surely every person with a few decades under the belt has a list of things they still want to do before kicking the bucket.

As I’ve gotten older the list has grown. Every time I check off an item I find more places or things to add to it.

Many years ago, I went to San Francisco with a friend. We had such a good time and saw so little of that wonderful city that I vowed one day I would return and live there for a year. At that time, I hadn’t traveled much outside the U.S.

'A Down Under Photo Adventure' at Mountaineers Meeting 7:30 p.m. Today!

on June 19, 2013 - 9:54am

Sunset on Mt. Cook, the highest mountain in New Zealand. Today's meeting of the Los Alamos Mountaineers will feature photography from a month-long exploration of Australia and New Zealand. Photo by Momo Vuyisich

Misty rainforest in Blue Mountains National Park, Australia. Photo by Momo Vuyisich

LAM News:

Late in 2012 - our winter, their summer - Momo Vuyisich of Los Alamos and his family took a month-long camping trip through Australia and New Zealand.

They drove, hiked, kayaked and flew, exploring the forests, cities, mountains and coasts of these two beautiful countries.

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