Welcome to Santa Catalina! An island off the coast of southern California, one of the Channel Islands in fact. The photos speak for themselves. Catalina is very beautiful; a bit like an adult Disneyland as tourism is the primary industry. I have taken a summer season job here to help with the funding of a return trip to India in the fall. Read more
Category: West and Wild USA
Vail, Colorado, A Winter Wonder Land
2014 finds me living in the Rocky Mountain village of Vail, Colorado. As a resident of sunny southern California for many years, the abundance of snow and the lifestyle associated with winter sports is a revelation in human ingenuity and adaptability. With a winter total thus far of 17 feet, there is a whole new meaning to the lyrics of the song, “Let It Snow” !
Vail and the nearby village of Avon- Beaver Creek were created as winter sports playgrounds. The snow is an amazing soft fluffy powder that is irresistible, the country side indeed a sparkling world of iridescent white. My appreciation of the necessary techniques of a good photographer who is in the right place at the right time with the proper lighting and equipment continues to grow. These photos represent only a fraction of the surrounding beauty. For a better view, right click on the photo and back arrow to return to the blog.
The system of snow removal that allows people to continue their daily lives is impressive. I must admit that the almost daily ritual of shoveling my parking space has rapidly lost a sense of play! But there is time for play with snowshoeing and rides on the ski lifts. My wish for you all; wherever and whatever this new year brings it will include health and happiness, prosperity and peace of spirit.
Blessings and Love in 2014!
Summer in Pagosa Springs, Colorado
The “traveling yogi” within me is most happy when discovering and exploring new territory. I had not heard of Pagosa Springs, CO prior to accepting the work study position at the Tara Mandala Buddhist Retreat Center. What a lovely surprise! In the southwest corner of Colorado, this village of approximately 9,000 is surrounded by the lower Rocky Mountains. The area has active hot springs, and as seen in these photos, the springs are a tourist highlight. Mineral deposits known as “frozen waterfalls” dot the San Juan River, with resorts catering to the bathing visitors. My favorite local spot is the Healing Waters Hotel and Resort where for $10 (can you do anything for $10?) you can soak in 3 different pools with temperatures ranging from 95 up to 110 degrees. The outdoor 104 degree pool is my favorite. Not for those of you with Ayurvedic Pita constituencies!
The summer at 7,500 feet is fabulous. Winter? We will see what Divine Mother has up her sleeve. Next up will be news from the Buddhist Retreat.
Love and Blessings to you all!