NYC | Take a Ride on the Second Ave Line

72nd Street Station Mom and Stroller
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What continues to amaze me after all these years of visiting New York City, is its continual evolution. Over two millennia ago, Heraclitus observed that “the only thing constant is change.”  That could serve as the city’s motto.  Not all change is good — I am not a fan of the so-called “finger” buildings — but there are many causes for celebration including the long-awaited opening of the Second Avenue subway.   Continue reading “NYC | Take a Ride on the Second Ave Line”

Marfa, Texas | Modern Art Mecca

Marfa’s mantra could be reduce, creative reuse and repurpose.  There is a minimal amount of new construction, which is especially notable given the influx of arts and tourism related projects. This adds tremendously to the town’s allure (see Marvelous Marfa|Texas ) in addition to being more responsive and responsible from a development and environmental standpoint.Chinati Foundation Panorama-2The main Chinati Foundation campus is located on the 340 acre grounds of the former Fort D. A. Russell and is the best place to start any art-focused visit to Marfa.   Continue reading “Marfa, Texas | Modern Art Mecca”

Marvelous Marfa|Texas

Holiday InnMiles from nowhere, Marfa, Texas, was barely a speck on the map when the artist  Donald Judd  first rented a house there in 1971.  A three hour drive from the nearest airport, it sits at the intersection of US 90 and 67 on a great highland plain, at an altitude of almost 5000 feet. This post focuses on everything not Judd and/or Chinati related, which will be covered in the next installment. When you schedule your visit, be sure to allow time to wander around the streets of Marfa and soak up the atmosphere.

Fun Fact:  the town’s name comes from a character in Fyoder Dostoyevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov.  Continue reading “Marvelous Marfa|Texas”

Jackson Hole Summer

Packing my bags and getting ready to put back on my traveling shoes after an entire summer spent in one location. Lucky me — it was Jackson Hole, Wyoming. For those who may be a bit confused: Jackson Hole comprises the communities of Jackson, Wilson, Teton Village, Moran, Kelly and Hoback Junction (hole was the fur trappers’ term for valley). Rather than write thousands of words, here are some favorite moments to share. Continue reading “Jackson Hole Summer”

Wyoming | Wildflowers and Wilderness

On a bit of a travel hiatus right now and actually staying put in Jackson Hole (no hardship there) for the summer! This gives me plenty of time to enjoy the outdoor wonderland in my backyard. Two national parks (Grand Teton and Yellowstone), the Bridger Teton National Forest  , 65 miles of multi-use paved pathways, and the Snake River provide endless opportunities for recreation. Continue reading “Wyoming | Wildflowers and Wilderness”

George Washington's Statue at the entrance to Boston's Public Garden

Boston’s Public Garden |An Urban Oasis

Just back from a quick trip to my favorite East Coast city (yes, I love New York but Boston is my home).  The weather was spectacular – perfect for enjoying Boston’s glorious Public Garden, established in 1837 as the first public botanical garden in the United States.

Swan Boats in Public Garden
World Famous Swan Boats

The Swan Boats were launched forty years later with foot propelled pontoon boats – the founding family still operates the enormously popular attraction.  Continue reading “Boston’s Public Garden |An Urban Oasis”

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Grand Teton National Park

I know where I will be on August 25, 2016: celebrating the US National Park Service’s Centennial (and my older daughter’s birthday)  in my favorite park – Grand Teton National Park.   Locals refer to it as The Park – as in I’m going biking/hiking/skiing/fishing/kayaking etc. in the Park. Come summer in Jackson Hole, the tourists go to Yellowstone but everyone else stays away from the teeming hoards and enjoys the spectacular beauty and relative peace of its neighbor closer to home.

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Snowy Range Medicine Bow Mountains

Homeward Bound | Snowy Range to Jackson Hole Wyoming

We took the long way home via the Snowy Range Scenic Byway which was well worth the 200 mile detour. The 29 miles of twisting roads devoid of cars through the Medicine Bow National Forest provided stunning vistas with plenty of geological and historical information along the way. The quartzite ridge atop the range gives rise to the Snowy Range’s moniker, although the it is covered with snow … Continue reading Homeward Bound | Snowy Range to Jackson Hole Wyoming