After I recovered from hitting the candy stores in Monterey, we drove ten minutes to Dennis the Menace Park, a children’s playground designed by Hank Ketchum, the creator of the comic strip.
Surveying the endless acres of vineyards around Healdsburg these days, it’s hard to imagine that the area used to be known as the “buckle on the prune belt.”
Stepping out of our tent into the predawn of southern Utah, I could still see millions of stars.
Before my recent trip to Albuquerque, I knew absolutely nothing about the city or the area. But after I experienced rattlesnakes, scenic drives, restaurants, Pueblo culture, and an international flamenco festival, I wished I could stay longer.
The American International Rattlesnake Museum in Old Town Albuquerque claims to have the largest collection of different species of live rattlesnakes in the world, beating out some top-notch zoos.
One of the best places to be introduced to the 19 Pueblo cultures (Pueblo means people) of New Mexico is the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque.
Find a mega-Mexican restaurant that can seat 1,200 people at a time and a dynamite Italian restaurant in ABQ (as the locals call Albuquerque).
You can make this an all-day drive, stopping in at hot springs, eateries, galleries, and historic sites, or just take in the dramatic landscapes from the window of the car.
I joined two vans of journalists and drove 60 miles west of Albuquerque to the home of the Acoma people, who moved there sometime in the 12th century and built their city on top of a mesa.
An evening of watching world-class flamenco dancers at Albuquerque's Festival Flamenco convinced one blogger she wanted to be a flamenco dancer in her next life.