Visit to Avalon

Bry’s Great-aunt Bunty invited us for a visit on seven mile island, NJ, where she’s enjoyed her unique cottage home for many years.

We saw the original portraits of Bryant’s 3rd great grandparents, heard many family stories, and explored the wetlands institute which Bunty and her late husband passionately supported.

The hand made bird mobile, which he carved and she painted, continues to impress and educate visitors.

Sunset view of the marsh from Bunty’s living room.

(Late) Spring Break Trip

So, we’re taking Hill’s spring break to go to the South West. The plan was to fly in to Denver, rent a car, and drive to Las Vegas, from whence we would fly home. Along the way, we’d see Mesa Verde, Petrified Forest, and Grand Canyon. 

And then Denver got a giant spring snow that dumped a lot in the mountains. So much for driving thru them. 

So, went south to Santa Fe and will go the southern route. So far, we’ve stayed with friends, ate a lot of good food, and driven a lot of miles from Denver to Santa Fe. 

Here’s some pics. 

   
   

An Outlandish Evening

with Diana Gabaldon in Denver. Excellent book talk by one of my favorite authors. She’s a fascinating person with fans who are also an interesting and entertaining bunch. Annie, Amy and I were amazed at the rock star atmosphere; Celtic music, wine, men in kilts… what a night!

   
 

Spring Break in the Everglades

A rather unusual destination but a fantastic place to visit. You really do see tons of wildlife right up close but in the wild. Bromeliads, a manchineel tree (tree of death), it’s sap -and fruit can kill you, crocs and alligators together- the only place in the world that happens, unusual birds, mangroves galore and Burmese python, the invader. The only one we didn’t see was the manatee; seems like everyone else saw them, though. I guess we weren’t patient enough.