Showing posts from 2019

Washington, DC

Our lifestyle allows us to do many things.  We had been hanging around Tucson, Arizona, resting after a very eventful spring and summer.  We were leisurely planning our winter, and where to head next. We had been excited to learn about Steff’s youngest sister, recently being named to a Cabinet Position by the New Mexico Governor, Michelle Lujan Grisham.  The Governor created a new department of Early Childhood Education and Care , and named Elizabeth the Secretary.  This is a tremendous honor, and a perfect fit for her experience to date.  We celebrated! Elizabeth and her husband Scott have been living in DC since 2010, when Scott had joined the staff of Congressman Jared Polis.  Elizabeth eventually became a leader, in early childhood education, with the DC School District.  They settled in nicely to the lifestyle in Washington DC.  Steff and I visited them there, both before and after we began traveling full time.   The most recent was Just over a year ago. Since then,

Historical Texas

Every State has it's history, and are very proud of it.  Texas is no different.  It has a very unique history full of shifting allegiances.  At one point or another France, Spain, Mexico, the confederacy , and the United States have all claimed sovereignty.  Additionally, they have declared themselves an independent Republic.  A notion that some say still prevails. In our two months in the State, roughly following the Rio Grande River, we saw evidence of that history, while at the same time only scratching the surface.  Here are the few examples that recount that history, and the state's western culture. San Antonio and the Alamo The Alamo is perhaps the most sacred place in Texas.  The site has armed guards at the entrance of the church to ensure that men remove their hats, and show proper decorum and respect.  It was first established in 1718 as the Mission San Antonio de Valero .  The missions were how the Spanish claimed and developed land in the new world