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ceasar salad
Wednesday, April 11th, 2012
Stephen Pyles has opened several restaurants in the Dallas area over the past 25-plus years, winning several awards, but his restaurant carrying his name is our favorite. Located at 1807 Ross Avenue at St. Paul Street, it's in the heart of the Arts District in Dallas.
Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012
In late November I saw a Groupon for an exciting 'Horse Drawn Sleigh Ride and Hot Cocoa Experience in the Rocky Mountains'. It looked like fun, but I didn't plan on buying it until my daughter said she thought it would be a wonderful thing to do with her children when they came to visit for the holidays. Since I don't deny my grandchildren anything like that, I bought the Groupon for 4 people.
Wednesday, February 15th, 2012
After a wonderful drive down to Tucson, we were eager to get started on our visit. Early the first morning, we took a ranger hike in Sabino Canyon Recreation Area. Admission is by the day or week, but the best deal is if you are over 62 because you can buy the National Park Lifetime Membership for only $10 and itʼs good for 2 people at any National Park in the U.S. Sabino Canyon, located on the northeast side of Tucson, is a well loved hiking/biking/running/walking/photography destination due to the outstanding scenery, well-maintained trail system, wildlife viewing, and plenty of restrooms.
Tuesday, February 14th, 2012
Living in Colorado is fabulous and I donʼt want to live anywhere else, but sometimes the winter months seem to drag on a little too long. So, for the past 2 years, my husband and I have driven to Tucson for a little mid-winter warmth and relaxation. We've made the drive a big part of the adventure.
S'mores
Friday, February 10th, 2012
It's winter in the rocky mountains.  The mountains glisten with freshly fallen snow, and the skiers and boarders have migrated to the welcoming slopes.  Aspen/Snowmass is reputed to be one of the top family winter vacation destinations in North America, a reputation well-deserved.
Skiing - tamara
Wednesday, January 4th, 2012
Just in time for the New Year 2012, the weather warms up in the Aspen-Snowmass ski areas.  Neither the temps nor the snowfall are conducive to great skiing. It was colder in early December than it is right now.
big balloon
Friday, November 4th, 2011
My first bus trip, a mode of transportation that I thought was for old people.  Since I now get cheaper movie tickets, a discount off my meals and people offer me seats in crowded areas, I figured I qualified.
kitchen
Thursday, September 1st, 2011
Life on primitive frontier posts in the 1840s was a rude shock for military wives who had been accustomed to relative comfort in the eastern U.S. Most women faced their trials with fortitude, attempting to create safe homes for their families. As one wife departing Fort Davis wrote in the 1850s after coping with blast furnace winds, dust storms, red ants, muddy drinking water and spoiled meat, "my stay ends with as much pain as pleasure. I left behind me warm hearts, and bring with me sweet memories of a new and enlarged view of life as it really is."

outside rinky tinks
Monday, August 29th, 2011
Only an hour and a half away from Dallas and Ft Worth, the fifties live! Granbury's Rinky-Tink's Old Fashion Ice Cream Parlor & Sandwich Shop located right on the town square, has been serving burgers, fries and shakes for 30 years.
Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011
On our recent trip to Marfa and the Davis Mountains, my architect husband and I recently visited the historic restoration of Fort Davis. As a residential architect with a particular interest in historic preservation, Steve felt it a must to tour the National Park Service treasure. In the book, Texas Public Buildings of the 19th Century, Steve's favorite Texas Tech architecture professor, Willard B. Robinson, writes that the military played an enormous role in civilizing the wilderness, as well as having a spontaneous influence on the general development of communities in the state of Texas.
Ostrich crossing
Wednesday, July 27th, 2011
Seeing exotic animals at the zoo is always fun, but have you ever fed and petted them? At Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, you can get close enough to some of the animals to actually touch them.
liberty bell
Monday, July 4th, 2011
Happy Fourth of July from the Girlz!

Lots of our readers have sent photos from their summer vacation travels. Here are just a few.

Flora 5
Thursday, June 16th, 2011
Paris may be the City of Light, but in the late 19th century Telluride was called the City of Lights. This remote Colorado village was the first town in the world to have electric streetlamps and enjoy widespread use of household power.
victorian 3
Wednesday, June 15th, 2011
Though there are examples of Romanesque, Italianate, Queen Anne and Gothic Revival, the majority of remaining original homes are Folk Victorian. This style was popular during the late 1800s.
Thursday, May 5th, 2011
"Are you having fun yet?" My granddaughter, Hayden, asked me that this morning and I had to pause. Yesterday was pretty hard; it took her brother, Finn, 3 hours to do 3 parts of homework (and we are only caught up to yesterday), then we missed our pickup time for the RV and had to wait another hour for the lady to get back from lunch.
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Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011
Picture this: a beautiful sunset, a radiant rainbow, a horizon that beckons you to traverse the ocean to a continent beyond.  Everything seems possible.  It's all within your grasp.  You lean forward in your beach chair - ready to embark - a smile on your face as you breathe the crisp ocean air slowly into your lungs. 
Monday, February 28th, 2011
Just like the Dean Martin song, Volare, that is playing as we enter the store, "we fly away from the maddening crowds...and sing in the glow of a star that we know...where lovers enjoy peace of mind and leave the confusion and disillusion behind." This is Jimmy's Food Store at Bryan and Fitzhugh, where the brothers DiCarlo concentrate on doing what they do best: serve up the finest that Italy has to offer with friendly smiles, in a quaint multi-ethnic neighborhood.
snow sculpture - head
Monday, February 7th, 2011
Sunday morning, my husband and I were having a leisurely breakfast, reading the newspaper, when I saw an article about the 21st Annual International Snow Sculpture Championships in Breckenridge, Colorado.
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Wednesday, January 12th, 2011
There's nothing better than a fabulous dinner with wonderful friends. That is how we feel when we dine at Cache Cache in Aspen, Colorado. It's a favorite of locals and visiting celebrities alike. We first ate at Cache Cache 9 years ago when we were looking at buying a vacation home in the area. It's been a favorite ever since.
Wednesday, December 29th, 2010
It is hard to believe that I am in the center of a great city.

I'm standing at the head of White Rock Lake at 7.30am.  The reflection of the bright sun across the water is almost blinding, but the wooded walks allow me to take in this glorious morning.

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