Monthly Archives: December 2011

View From the Bell Tower

When visiting a new city, one of the first things I like to do is climb up to a vantage point that helps me get my bearings on the streets below. In Europe, one of the best places to go … Continue reading

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Christmas in Colmar

Last time I visited Europe, it was August and everywhere was hot and crowded. This time, I’m here for Christmas and winter is quiet and lovely. Europeans are big on Christmas, nowhere more so than Colmar, France. Colmar is only … Continue reading

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7 Hours in LA: Best layover ever

I have a knack for finding cheap plane tickets (kayak rarely lets me down) but low prices often mean inconvenient departure and arrival times and long layovers. My plane ticket from Albuquerque to Zurich was less than $600, but the … Continue reading

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Santa Fe Christmas!

It’s Christmas Eve and I’m off to Zurich! There’s a cheap travel tip for you: flying on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day will often knock a few hundred dollars off your plane ticket. I don’t really mind spending the holiday … Continue reading

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All Seasons: Cerrillos, New Mexico

I go for a hike almost every day and cover a lot of the same ground, over and over, in all weather and in all seasons. Exploring new terrain is always exciting, but there is something deeply satisfying about getting … Continue reading

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Lessons Learned from a 99-cent Poncho

On the first hike I ever took west of the Mississippi, a 99-cent poncho saved my life. A few weeks earlier, I had graduated from college, given away everything that wouldn’t fit in my car, and hit the road, heading … Continue reading

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Tilting At Windmills

Windmills are a very basic machine: they convert wind energy into rotational energy, which can be used to mill grain, haul water or generate electricity.┬áHere are some of my favorite windmill shots from Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, California and few places in … Continue reading

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Mortons in Europe, Part 1

Back in 2006, my sister Sarah won a scholarship to spend the summer in Europe, studying art. She spent a month in Rome and a month in Norway before my brother and I met up with her in August to … Continue reading

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Healing Horses

I grew up with horses. Somewhere there’s a picture of me as a toddler on my Uncle Jay’s big black horse Ace. I’m gripping the saddle horn, my legs barely halfway down the jockey flaps, grinning. As I grew, I … Continue reading

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Utah in Winter

Winter is the best time to visit Utah. Snow on red rocks is amazing and you’re all but guaranteed to have even the most notorious madhouses (Ahem, Arches) to yourself. Last January, I drove through southern Utah on my way … Continue reading

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