Yearly Archives: 2016


gulfing

Up from Brownsville, TX, the land border changes to a sea one, arcing across East Texas, through Louisiana all the way to Florida.  The luxury of hugging the Gulf and escaping the interstates is pure road bliss.   [please hover over images for captions]   ” order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″]


tex-mex border

After Big Bend, Texas plunges south again, transitioning from the desert southwest of Pecos (where law, west of the Pecos, was the Wild West) to the balmy tropical climes of the Rio Grande corridor, with the border towns of Del Rio, Laredo, Hidalgo, and Progreso.  Come see parts of the […]


texas farm road 170

Among the most beautiful, and long, border-hugging roads in the US, Texas Farm Road 170 runs alongside the Rio Grande and, further south, enters Big Bend State Park.  This is my third drive along the enchanting valley, whose desert blooms and emerald rivering startle every time.  Running fifty miles from […]


illuminarts at the pérez, miami, fl 1

One of the most compelling artistic adventures in Miami is IlluminArts, a relatively new Vocal Arts organization founded by (Artistic Director) mezzo-soprano star Amanda Crider, which recently received a coveted Knight Foundation grant.  Their latest endeavor is a performance at Miami’s Pérez Art Museum of a haunting piece, titled “the […]


el malpais nat’l monument, nm

El Malpais: the badlands of central-west New Mexico offer sharp lava rocks covering a 40-mile valley sided by smooth sandstone bluffs, just east of the Continental Divide.  The McCartys Crater poured lava 2,000 to 3,000 years ago, making the valley all but uninhabitable.  Sandwiched between Navajo and Acoma reservations, the badlands […]


northern wilding

Come explore the wilds of our northern border with Canada. Long heralded as the longest peaceful (since 1813 or so) border in the world, it also boasts unimaginable wilderness and a handful of wild, out-of-the-way National Parks.  [please hover over images for captions] Not long ago, dense forest was everywhere. […]