American Alligator in the Albuquerque BioPark Zoo

As I started the second year of my blog, I enrolled in an online class with Capture Your 365.  One of the first assignments was to capture half of something.  This American Alligator sunning himself at the Albuquerque BioPark Zoo would have made a good submission!

While we do adore Berlin, the polar bear at the Kansas City Zoo, it was fun meeting twin brothers Kiska and Koluk at the Albuquerque BioPark Zoo in New Mexico over Spring Break. One of them acted like an 800-pound pet dog, tossing a toy across the Inukshuk Bay enclosure, sliding down into the water, and retrieving it. […]

I’ll close out my series of March 2016 posts from Tucumcari, New Mexico with these three final shots of iconic sites along Route 66.    

No, I don’t mean a more environmentally-friendly grilled cheese sandwich.  I mean the color, as in using greener ingredients as you explore variations on a classic comfort food. In anticipation of National Grilled Cheese Day today (#GrilledCheeseSandwichDay), we tried Jalapeño Popper Grilled Cheese last night.  Mmm mmm good!  As we savored every bite of our first […]

From a population of 8,500 and 2,000 hotel rooms at its peak during the hey day of Route 66, today Tucumcari, New Mexico feels a bit like a ghost town that people still live in.  Along the “Mother Road” that runs between Chicago and Los Angeles, abandoned icons, like the Apache Motel and the Westerner Drive-Inn, sit next […]

The approximately 2,450 miles of pavement connecting Chicago and Los Angeles known as Route 66 is a fascinating piece of American history, especially when you can see the slow evolution, or in most cases the continued decline, of  iconic sights along the way.  On the stretch of Route 66 running through Tucumcari, New Mexico, home to more […]

A nine hour drive west of Kansas City is Tucumcari, New Mexico. It’s about the only town between Amarillo, Texas and Albuquerque, New Mexico, and it is just the right distance for us to spend the night. From the beginning of Route 66, the “Mother Road” from Chicago to Los Angeles, Tucumcari was promoted as a stopping point for […]