The Albuquerque Museum – Art. History. People

Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Yes, I know… some people find museums boring. However, if you are like me, you’ll find plenty to see with over 10,000 works of art, 27,000 historical objects and over a hundred thousand photographs in their archives. Art and artifacts from the area’s early history are always on view. And the museum has contemporary exhibits as well. Like I said, you will have plenty to see and enjoy if museums are your “thing.” Continue reading

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center – Gateway to the 19 Pueblos of New Mexico

Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Since wintering in the southwest, I’ve become more interested in the history and culture of the Native Americans. Regular readers may have noticed a thread of travels in my journeys here that features events and places that focus on that part of the history not only of the United States, but of the North American continent and its earliest residents. This week we journey to the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, a museum focusing on the 19 Pueblos of New Mexico. Continue reading

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum – A Living Tribute to Desert Plants and Animals

park-zoo-2Tucson, Arizona.

I would call it misnamed. The Arizona Sonora Desert Museum. OK, so it’s in Arizona and it’s in the Sonoran Desert. That’s fine. It’s the word “Museum” that I think doesn’t fit. Botanical Garden? Arboretum? Zoo? Wildlife Park? Nature Conservancy? How about all of the above? Continue reading

Hall of Flame – National Museum of Firefighting

Hall of Flame-20Phoenix, Arizona.

Just east of Sky Harbor Airport, between Tempe and Scottsdale, a left turn would take you to the zoo or the botanical garden. If you turn right, however, into what looks like a rather industrial building area, you’ll find a museum dedicated to the fire fighter. Continue reading

International Spy Museum – Assume Nothing

Spy Museum-8

Washington D.C.

Yes, that unassuming piece of dog excrement could just be a radio transmitter. The photo above features one of the items espionage agencies really used in their daily lives, James Bond’s Q notwithstanding. This 1970s artifact is just one of many “spy tools” on display at the International Spy Museum. Continue reading

Bonanzaville – Back Home in Fargo


West Fargo, North Dakota

Ah, Fargo. We are home again. The last four years, we spent at least part of the winter in the warmth of the Arizona sunshine. My blog features much of the natural beauty of that state. Like a man with a new love affair, it seems Arizona is all I have to write about and photograph. Continue reading