2 Nights in Denver

Denver has many delights….

Denver Botanic Gardens

Denver can be very pleasant in January. The Denver Art Museum and Museum of Nature and Science often have popular exhibitions still running after the holiday season, the Denver Botanic Gardens feature their annual Orchid Showcase, restaurants are less crowded and parking much more convenient.


A sip of Scotch at our comfy B&B

“The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes” at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science


So many Sherlocks

The Denver Art Museum: Over 100 Works by Andrew and Jamie Wyeth

Jamie Wyeth opens the exhibition in Denver.  The exhibition contains a fascinating video of Jamie working in his studio


Distinguished art critics


Christiana’s World


Dinner at Osteria Marco – Yummy roasted artichoke


Christmas Day 2015

Drake is old enough to really participate

Beautiful Christmas tree and lovely wrapped presents
Santa has visited Drake
Lots of books for Christmas
Grandma Steyer’s German Apple Pancakes – a Christmas Day tradition
Breakfast radition: apple pancakes, fresh squozen orange juice, bacon and chanpagne
Drake loves apple pancakes!

Big Bend National Park, South Texas

Chisos Basin

The basin is at over 5,000 ft elevation, the nearby peaks rise over 7,000 ft.

Chisos Basin Campground

Trail to “The Window”

The trail to “The Window”


Desert Tarantula
Road Runner

Sotol with bloom stalks
Beautiful agave


Desert Bloom

Hiking Oak Creek Canyon. The volcanic rock has been scoured and smoothed over centuries by the water.

Oak Creek “pour-over”. The water drops hundreds of feet to the desert below.

The “pour-over”

Lost Mine Trail

Sunrise – Chisos Basin
Toll Mountain

Mexican Blue Jay


Yucca in bloom


Javelina (or Collared Peccary)
Fresh Mountain Lion Tracks
St Elena Canyon of the Rio Grande
Abandoned Homestead
Great Horned Owl hunting above our campsite
Cottonwood campground

Wimberly and Fredricksburg, Texas

We had a lovely visit with our family, the Etzler’s, in Wimberley, TX. Barbecue field trip to Cranky Frank’s in Fredricksburg, TX. Rated #19 of 50 Best BBQ Joints in Texas by Texas Monthly Magazine.

Cranky Frank’s


Joe, Jani, Jae and Sally enjoy tasty BBQ. Great conversation and warm Texas hospitality.  

Levelland, Texas

John and Bette Hope offer wonderful hospitality at Hope House B&B, Levelland, Texas