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Steve and Jane Vogel
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An Odd Pile of Rocks
by Steve It's the end of December, and we've been in Tucson since late October. But we're still playing "catch-up" with blog posts about our travels this fall. So if it looks like we're still in the middle of New Mexico, that's why. When you cross New Mexic...
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Germans Build a Swimming Pool in the Middle of New Mexico
The year was 1939. The SS Columbus  was a large (775 ft) luxury liner of the German fleet, carrying passengers on cruises to the Caribbean. She was the first German cruise ship with an onboard swimming pool, and it had large dance floors, dining halls, and ...
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The Most Dangerous Street in America
We spent the first 3 weeks of October in Ruidoso, New Mexico . We didn't know too much about the place before we went there, but we did know a few things. It's up in the mountains, so it's much cooler than the desert regions of New Mexico, and it's on the w...
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Maybe it all really started here
By Steve Earlier this year, we wrote a piece called " It all started here ," which highlighted the various competing versions of when and where European immigrants began to colonize the part of North America that eventually became the United States. Whether...
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Bandelier
by Steve One thing we've learned by spending extended time in Arizona, Colorado, and New Mexico is that the southwest has lots and lots of cliff dwellings. Pretty much everyone knows about the ones at Mesa Verde, but in our travels we've visited many other ...
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Visiting Trinity
by Steve July 16, 1945. This is a date that everyone should know, because it marks the dawn of a new era in human history. This is the date of the detonation of the first nuclear device, which ushered in the nuclear age. Man had learned how to harness the p...
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Finding your niche
In " The Big Idea " post, I (Steve) wrote about how one of the goals of this journey is to figure out where we want to live in retirement. So far in the 13 months that we've been on the road, we have not found that location. We have found a lot of places wh...
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We've added a Facebook page
If you are friends with one of us on Facebook, then you probably already know this. But if you only read our blog online or get the email version sent to you, then this may be news. We added a Facebook page called "Our Nest on Wheels." The purpose of this p...
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Honking for Peace
Surprise! Here's a post about what we're doing right now, not something we did months ago. Every Friday for the last 14 years, a group of people has stood on a corner in Gunnison, CO, to give voice to the need for peace. We talked with them last Friday. Ste...
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Of Blog Posts, Rabbit Trails, and Some Beautiful Gardens
This is why I (Jane) have such trouble writing blog posts: I am a fact checker. I love tracking down information. In fact, when I was working as an editor, I would make a deal with a colleague (naming no names, but her blog is called Brittany L. Bergman ) t...
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