Road Trip: Quintana Roo and Yucatan, Part 1

I went to Cancún so you don’t have to. Well, no. Go to Cancún for the nice warm beach. Have a cocktail or two in a hollowed out pineapple. Then spend the rest of your time cruising around Quintana Roo and Yucatán. We (2 adults and a child just shy of 2 years old) visited the…

Strawberry, Blueberry and Lime Preserves

Berry picking is much like one of the greatest moments in the Shakespeare meets modern American teenager movie, ’10 things I hate about you.’ No, really. Stay with me. I used to love strawberry picking. Crouching in the straw-covered dirt, the wide brimmed hat on my head casting a huge shadow. Searching between the drooping…

Road Trip: Budweiser Brewery, St. Louis

Budweiser may not make the world’s greatest beer, but there are a few things they do very well. Nearly waste free production. Consistency in product. Customer loyalty. Tear inducing advertisement. Or maybe that’s just me. The iconic and spoiled Budweiser clydesdale. Every horse should be so lucky. Aging tanks, with those famous beechwood chips, a…

Must Have: Cider Donuts

Just enough self control was exercised today. Enough to photograph, not enough to resist eating the pair. Cider donuts from Malta Ridge Orchard & Gardens. Soon, I will have to make my own.

Field Trip: Strawberry Picking

Visit: Hand Melon Farm, Greenwich, New York, about a twenty minute drive east of Saratoga Springs. Several years ago, I discovered my secret super power: the power to pick large amounts of fruit very quickly. 75 pounds of peaches in 15 minutes. Then ten pounds of apricots in just a few minutes. This super power,…

Long Straight Roads to Nowhere

Drive out of Phoenix and keep driving. Drive past the saguaros, past the mountain curves, the empty high plateau dessert leading to the ponderosa forests of Flagstaff. Drive the long way from Arizona to New York. Drive to Monument Valley, deep in the Navajo Nation, a land mass of 27,413 square miles, yet serviced only…