NEW photos of mesa verde and a NEW national parks bucket list

We made a quick trip over to Colorado last weekend and visited Mesa Verde National Park. Perfect weather! Not too crowded! Nice!!! Here are a few more pics:

If you go, DEFINITELY get a guided tour. The park rangers are so knowledgeable and can answer most of your questions. The history of the area is fascinating.

Sadly, a lot of the area had burn scars because Mesa Verde is prone to lightning strikes and can receive up to 100 strikes in a 24-hour period during the summer. 70% of the park has been burned by wildfires since it was established in 1906!

One thing I love about blogging is having posts to reference anytime/anywhere. I’m going to use this post as my National Parks Bucket List and keep track of where we’ve visited and where we still need to go! So many! It will take a while to finish this big bucket list. But so fun!


  • Acadia National Park {done}
  • Arches National Park {done}
  • Badlands National Park
  • Big Bend National Park
  • Biscayne National Park
  • Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
  • Bryce Canyon National Park {done}
  • Canyonlands National Park {done}
  • Capitol Reef National Park {done}
  • Carlsbad Caverns National Park
  • Channel Islands National Park
  • Congaree National Park
  • Crater Lake National Park
  • Cuyahoga Valley National Park
  • Death Valley National Park
  • Denali National Park and Preserve
  • Dry Tortugas National Park
  • Everglades National Park
  • Gates of the Arctic National Park
  • Gateway Arch National Park 
  • Glacier National Park
  • Glacier Bay National Park
  • Grand Canyon National Park {done}
  • Grand Teton National Park
  • Great Basin National Park
  • Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park
  • Guadalupe Mountains National Park
  • Haleakala National Park
  • Hawaii Volcanoes National Park {done}
  • Hot Springs National Park
  • Indiana Dunes National Park
  • Isle Royale National Park
  • Joshua Tree National Park
  • Katmai National Park and Preserve
  • Kenai Fjords National Park
  • Kings Canyon National Park {done}
  • Kobuk Valley National Park
  • Lake Clark National Park
  • Lassen Volcanic National Park
  • Mammoth Cave National Park
  • Mesa Verde National Park {done}
  • Mount Rainier National Park
  • National Park of American Samoa
  • New River Gorge National Park 
  • North Cascades National Park
  • Olympic National Park
  • Petrified Forest National Park
  • Pinnacles National Park
  • Redwood National Park {done}
  • Rocky Mountain National Park {done}
  • Saguaro National Park
  • Sequoia National Park {done}
  • Shenandoah National Park
  • Theodore Roosevelt National Park
  • Virgin Islands National Park
  • Voyageurs National Park
  • White Sands National Park 
  • Wind Cave National Park
  • Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve
  • Yellowstone National Park {done}
  • Yosemite National Park {done}
  • Zion National Park {done}

Have a great day! Do or learn something NEW!

miscellaneous Monday…NEW stuff i gotta share

Happy Monday!

This random photo is of a bunch of padlocks near the London Bridge in Lake Havasu City, Arizona. And in honor of the recent passing of Queen Elizabeth, here’s another shot with the British flag in the background:

We visited Lake Havasu earlier this year. Fun place! AND, if you want to learn WHY someone would move a bridge, stone by stone from England to the Arizona desert, Wikipedia’s got you! (HERE).

In other miscellany:

Did you know there are apps to learn perfect pitch!?! I’m {thinking} of giving that a go. I’ll let you know if I do! I’m doing well enough to keep up on my Duolingo streak of learning Spanish every day. But when I can squeeze in the time to train my ear for perfect pitch, I think I’d love that!

I’ll mention too, that we bought this piece of equipment a few months back. I need to stop reading blogs, writing blogs, and go downstairs and pump some blocks of iron! I’ve learned a lot of NEW ways to get sore muscles! But that’s a good thing. I especially like Pinterest to find NEW and different exercises. (HERE)

And lastly, I have a miscellaneous question: Do people say “You’ve got another thing coming” – OR- “You’ve got another think coming”??? I ask, because I always thought people said “thing”, but I recently saw it in writing, and they wrote “think”! Have I been mis-hearing that phrase wrong all these years? Haha!

That’s all the miscellany for today. Have a great day and do or learn something NEW!

a NEW quote Thursday

Happy Thursday!

I recently took this photo of these cute Black-Eyed Susans and they made me smile. THEN, I visited the blog, Unexpected in common hours, and found what I think is my NEW favorite quote! I love it!

I wasn’t familiar with Leo Buscaglia, so, of course, I had to go look him up! One thing leads to another = more books by Buscalia are now on my TBR list! :o)

Have a great day! Do or learn something NEW!

a NEW photo of Pando Aspen Clone

Happy Wednesday!

I learned something NEW a few years ago. I learned about Pando, but only recently had the opportunity to take this photo of the “world’s largest living organism”. We took Stebi (our fifth-wheel trailer, which we named Stebi…acronym for “Spending ThE Boys Inheritance) to camp near Fishlake National Forest. This is where the Pando Aspen Clone is located.

This photo may look like a grove of individual trees, but it’s actually a one-tree forest. Underground, everything is connected by a single, vast root system. This one-tree aspen forest is made up of 47,000 trunks, and millions of leaves, connected through one root system! Therefore, it is the world’s largest single living organism. Very cool!

You can learn more on Wikipedia: HERE.

This photo was taken about July 8th. I’d really like to go in the fall and see the changing colors. That’s on the bucket list!

Have a great day! Do or learn something NEW!

a NEW decade of posting

Happy Tuesday!

I had a blast playing with filters on this photo! The top photo is the original. Let me know if you like any of the filters (below) better than the original.

Plus! I realized recently that I started this blog A DECADE AGO!!!! What?!? Yes, September of 2012! I celebrated the anniversary by paying to get rid of the funky ads. Hip-hip-hooray! Right?!? :o) So, now I have a vested interest in posting more often, haha!

Here are the edited versions of this pic. In case you haven’t seen these items before, they are wind art spinners. Very cool to see in action – a video would’ve been nice.

It was fun to stumble upon this collection, on a country road, out in the middle of nowhere!

Have a great day! Do or learn something NEW!

a NEW update (www style)

Happy Wednesday!

I love to visit my bookish friend’s blogs when I have time and see what reads they are recommending. Two of my faves are Book Club Mom and What Cathy Read Next. Often, Cathy will participate in #WWWWednesday hosted by Taking on a World of Words so I thought I’d join in today!

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

So, here’s what NEW books I’ve been reading (snapshots of the covers are above):

I’m currently reading The Midnight Library by Matt Haig for my neighborhood book club next week. At first, I thought it was basically the same concept as the movie It’s a wonderful life, (and I really like that movie!) but it’s turning out a bit different. I’ll try and remember to rate it after I finish it.

I just recently finished reading The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner. This book was pretty predictable but I enjoyed it. I gave it 3 out of 5 stars on Goodreads, but my son tells me I’m a tough rater, haha!

What I think I’ll read next is what Book Club Mom recommended recently: Thunderstruck by Erik Larson. The audiobook was available at my library, so I snagged it while I could.

As for other updates…because I have REALLY gotten out of the groove of posting, but I’ll just have to get back INTO the groove, cuz quite a lot is NEW these days! But in the meantime, I hope you have a great day/week and I hope you get to learn or do something NEW soon!

a NEW photo challenge entry

Happy Tuesday!

My NEW resolve to blog more has, well…. {I have no excuses!!!}

But I wanted to quickly document our trip to Mazatlan last month by participating in Nancy’s “A photo a Week Challenge:VIEW”. The resort we stayed at had some great views and it was a very fun and relaxing trip. Since we haven’t gone on many trips lately, obviously because of the pandemic, it was great to getaway. And I’m just so thankful we were safe and returned home without incident. All of the canceled flights and the Omicron variant exploded shortly after we got home, whew!!!

Here’s another view!

Have a terrific day and do or learn something NEW!

NEW / unique places i gotta go see

Happy Monday!

I’ve recently learned of some NEW places to visit. Some of these places are relatively close to me, (in Eastern Nevada and Western Utah), but I hadn’t even heard of them until recently, and now I gotta go see them.

I saw the above wedding photo and had to ask the photographer where the location was: Cathedral Gorge State Park in Nevada.

Then, I had a co-worker say he took his family hiking at Paul Bunyans Woodpile, so I had to look it up. Such interesting volcanic rock formations! It is in Juab County, Utah.

I have heard of Great Basin National Park, but since it would probably be on our way to Cathedral Gorge, we’d better stop in! It looks pretty cool.

And lastly, for this trip, although I’ve already visited Lehman’s Cave, it was a very long time ago, so we’ll have to stop in again. I think it is in the vicinity of Great Basin National Park.

I like to keep track of my “Want-to-go-see-stuff” for trips on Google’s My Maps and add things to see in the area as I find out about them. So much traveling to do, so little time! But when I have the time, I’ll be organized and can just get up and GO!

Have a great day! Do or learn something NEW!

photo credits:

1st photo: whiteemberstudios Instagram; 2nd and 3rd:, 4th: Sunset, 5th:

a NEW photo and a short Sunday sermon

Happy Sunday!

I took this NEW photo at a Christmas light event. So many lights (and so many man-hours placing them on branch after branch!) Very pretty!…my phone camera didn’t do too great of a job capturing the prettiness, but here are some more photos:

It was fun to kick off December and the Christmas season attending this event. And for my {very} short sermon today, I’d like to simply share 8 Christmas verses from the Bible so we can remember the true reason we celebrate. Additionally, down below is a calendar with ideas of service-type things to do every day to #LightTheWorld with love. I’m going to try and do as many as I can.

Have a great Sunday and learn or something NEW!

Scripture #1

Matthew 1:23

Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

Scripture # 2

Matthew 2:1–2

1 Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,

2 Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.

Scripture # 3

Matthew 2:9–10

9 When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was.

10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.

Scripture # 4

Matthew 2:11

And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.

Scripture # 5

Luke 2:1–5

1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.

2 ( And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)

3 And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.

4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)

5 To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.

Scripture # 6

Luke 2:6–7

6 And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.

7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

Scripture # 7

Luke 2:8–14

8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

Luke 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

Luke 14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

Scripture # 8

Luke 2:15–16

Luke 15 And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.

Luke 16 And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.

You can print this calendar out HERE.