Friday, June 23, 2017

Mesa Verde

Ever since I was a young school girl, I wanted to visit Mesa Verde.  It was not to happen until I was making my 70th trip around the sun.  It was early Spring and half of the roads were not open for visitors.  Because the ground has become unstable over the years, no tours to explore the actual dwellings were scheduled.  But I was there, and it was great.

One spot along a hiking trail reveals petroglyphs on a high wall.  They are almost like graffiti.

I was surprised at how many cliff dwellings exist in the area, but the canyons provided a unique, sheltered place for people to live.

The area on top of the dwellings has experienced several forest fires.  In the background are some snow-covered Colorado mountains.  I hope to return to see more of Mesa Verde.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Cross Bay Ferry: Tampa-St. Petersburg-Tampa

We were a group of lucky riders who got to experience the Cross Bay Ferry and the Dali Museum on the same day.  Catching the ferry in Tampa was easy as there was little downtown activity early in the morning.  The ride was smooth, and soon we were in St. Petersburg.  The nearby trolley gave us a free tour of the city area and dropped us off in front of the Dali Museum to view the Frida Kahlo exhibit.

I love this eastern facing roof area.  The photo is ever changing.

Outside were recreations of items in Frida Kahlo's garden outside of Mexico City.

I love Dali's melting clocks.

We timed our visit to include lunch before we caught the return ferry.  It was a most enjoyable day on the Tampa Bay.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Art in Ecuador

Mainland Ecuador displays art everywhere from large to small sculptures, murals on walls and buildings, chalk and tiled images on floors, and a museum.  First is a sampler of sculpture:

Chalk art was created by an Israeli-Ecuadorian:

Tiled art was common near the ocean:

These are some of the many murals we saw:

In Quito we visited the Guayasamin Museum.  Oswaldo Guayasamin was a painter and sculptor who depicted his Ecuadorian heritage.  Here are some images of his sculpture around his home and the museum.  No photography was allowed inside the buildings so you can't see any paintings:

Monday, February 6, 2017

In Hot Water

We, especially Jim, love hot tubs, hot springs, steam rooms, and saunas.  Ecuador has a few of them including Chachimbiro which is 40 minutes from Otavalo.  Santagua manages a very economical resort for us seniors.  For $40 per person we enjoyed the run of the myriad pools, a lovely room with hot water and cable TV overlooking everything, and three bountiful meals each day.

A corporal (body) massage including a facial was offered.  I paid my $15 and discovered it was this great massage with red Andean mud lasting about half an hour.  What fun!  And what a sight my red body was afterwards!

Jim wanted to try one of the tube slides, but I do not think he did.

Temperatures ranged from cold to cool to warm to very warm to hot to very hot.  The steam room was very, very hot.  My favorite was the individual tub where I could soak in my preferred temperature of water and read my book at the same time.

                                We stayed two very restful days with nearly no one else there.