Monday, June 28, 2010

eTeddys Charity Raffle to benefit Tiffany Tate

Alison McKee is selling raffle tickets to help Tiffany Tate, who needs a double lung transplant. She has made a beautiful bear to be raffled off in hopes of raising $2,500 towards Tiffany's transplant. Only 250 tickets will be sold at $10 each. (or $10.60 to cover paypal fees). The raffle will take place on Saturday, July 10, 2010 and the bear will be shipped free of charge to any destination in the world. Please click here to read more about Tiffany and to find out how to purchase raffle tickets.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Monday, June 14, 2010

2010 Alzheimer's Association Memory Walk Photos

The 17th Annual Alzheimer's Association Memory Walk was held on Saturday June 5th at Kinney Civic Plaza in Albuquerque. There was a Kids Korner, K9 Korner, Refreshments, a Raffle, and a Silent Auction as well as other booths. In Memory Of and In Honor of banners were available for participants to write messages on and they were held by volunteers during the Opening Ceremonies while bagpipers played Amazing Grace. They were then carried on the 1K walk. We had the option of a 1K, 2K or 5K walk and of course we did the 5K! :) There were more volunteers along the walk course with signs, water and cheers. We were all tired after the event but had a great time and plan to do it again next year!
The Alzheimer's Association has received a total of $113,679 in donations and Team Perry's Termite made $565 of their $600 goal. Our team members were Ken, Diana, Patricia and Bruce. Way to go team!
I have a Picasa web album with 140 photos from the event posted here. Please take a look if you'd like to see more photos than those posted on this blog.Thanks again to everyone for you support and good wishes!!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

El Morro

El Morro National Monument is located in Ramah off the 53.
The visitor center has a museum that includes a 15 minute video introduction to the park.
Inscription Rock trail is a 1/2 mile loop that passes the pool (were ancient travelers rested in the shade of the cuesta) and many of the carvings on the cliff.
The carvings were placed on Inscription Rock first by the Zuni Indians puebloan ancestors (who called the rock Atsinna-place of writings on the rock), then by the Spaniards who called it El Morro-The Headland.
Perhaps the most well know Spanish carving was made by Don Juan de Onate who placed his inscription on the wall on April 16, 1605, and was the first known European inscription.
Paso por aqui: Passed by here.

The towering sandstone covered by a protective layer of rock is home to more than inscriptions.
Ravens make their home in the crevices and ledges as well.
And if you look closely you can see cliff swallow nests.
I call these two The Watchers.

Mesa Top Trail continues upward for another mile and a half over steep and varied terrain. At the top are ancient pueblo ruins and panoramic views including Box Canyon on the opposite side.
In this photo you can see the trees coming up from Box Canyon as well as the exposed white rock you have to walk across to get to the ruins. There are no handrails there :)
Atsinna Pueblo was abandoned around 1400 as people moved to larger, consolidated villages in the Zuni Valley.
From the ruins you descend back down toward the visitor center. Be sure to watch for the faces in the rocks changing expression as you make your way through this hike.

After the hike were were hungry and thirsty. On the 53 back toward Albuquerque we came across the Ancient Way Cafe. We were just going to stop for snacks and water but the menu promised free-range meats and organic produce. I had the salad with grilled chicken. It was prepared perfectly and the chicken had no fat or gristle and the greens were a great fresh mix with no trace of iceberg. The dressings available were vinaigrette, honey-mustard, or the one I had and enjoyed-spicy ranch. Hubby had the smoked turkey panini with potato salad. The turkey is smoked on the premises and was good! We both had strawberry lemonade or as I like to call it, magic elixir. It is made with real strawberries, real lemon, real sugar, and squeezed in a real press. One third of the way through my first tall glass (we had 2 glasses each) I felt like myself again after the hot hike. For dessert we had blueberry pie a la mode (also prepared on premises). If you want it heated they won't do it in the microwave so the crust is not soggy. It was one of the best pies I've ever eaten. All this for around $25!
The interior is rustic and filled with art, some by local artists. Or you can sit outside on the patio. You might see Guido there!
The Ancient way cafe is located on Hwy 53 at mile marker 46 and 1 mile past El Morro. It is also convenient to El Malpais and the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary.
For more information on El Morro, please click here.

Monday, June 7, 2010


The 17th Annual Alzheimer's Association Memory Walk was held on Saturday June 5th. I took about 400 photos of the event and am in the process of whittling them down to a manageable size to make an on-line photo album. I imagine it will take a week or more to edit them all but will post a few here, and the link to the full album when I am done. The Alzheimer's Association is in the process of adding up the donations that were received the day of the walk and those that may still be coming in. I will have those totals and other information from Walk Day when it becomes available. In the meantime, here is our team photo to tied you over! :)

Friday, June 4, 2010


The Alzheimer's Association Memory Walk is tomorrow, on Saturday the 5th. We are only $80 away from reaching our team goal of raising $600. If you can donate please do so by clicking the links on the right side of the blog which will guide you through the process. You can also click on the appropriate spot on the team thermometer which appears further down the right side.
A donation of any amount is appreciated!

The Perry's getting set for the OC Memory Walk

Don't forget to watch for the photos. I will probably take lots of them and anticipate it may take a week or so before I will be able to post them but they will definately make an appearance here so keep your eye on this blog!
Thanks again to everyone who has donated and for everyone's support!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Plaza Hotel ~ Las Vegas, NM

By 1882, Las Vegas was the center of commercial activity for Santa Fe Trail mercantile pioneers like Charles Ilfeld and Don Benigno Romero. To meet the demands of the town's growing business activity, Romero and Jean Pendaries raised the $25,000 needed to build the Plaza Hotel, the "Belle of the Southwest". New management took over the hotel in 1886 and many prominent political and business organizations made the Plaza Hotel their meeting place, including such groups as the New Mexico Medical Society, the New Mexico Cattle Growers' Association, and the Territorial Democrats and Territorial Republicans. From 1886 to 1900 The Plaza also claims such notorious visitors as Doc Holliday and his companion Big Nosed Kate Bender.
The year 1900 brought the Plaza Hotel's Victorian era to a close, as a railroad strike coupled with depressed economic conditions curtailed many of the local and territorial activities that made the Plaza Hotel famous.
Soon, however, the silent film era brought another wave of prosperity. In 1913, the popular film director/actor Romaine Fielding leased the entire Plaza Hotel for use as the Lubin Film Company filming and studio headquarters, and the Plaza Hotel was renamed "Hotel Romaine" during his five month stay. Though the paint is now faded on the brick, then name "Hotel Romaine" is still visible on the hotel's west facade.
Beginning in 1915, Tom Mix, one of the country's most famous cowboy actors, enjoyed the hospitality of the Plaza, and took full advantage of the remaining vestiges of the Wild West found nearby. Many scenes from Mix's movies were filmed in and around Las Vegas, and shots of the Plaza were incorporated into several episodes.
Near the middle of the twentieth-century, one owner of the Plaza Hotel, Byron T. Mills, was apparently ambivalent about the property, and he announced a plan to demolish the hotel, going so far as to sell some of its furnishings and fixtures. For unknown reasons, Mills did not carry through with the demolition. Today the hotel's saloon bears his name, and it's reported that the long-departed, guilt-ridden owner occasionally revisits the hotel in spirit. Most of the guests who have told stories of ghostly encounters have been women and Byron T. was known to be quite the ladies man. Southwest Ghost Hunters Association has even done an investigation at the Plaza.

In 1982, eighteen partners joined forces to restore the Plaza Hotel. Careful research, architectural documentation, and historical and cultural studies were conducted to assure the accuracy of the project. The reconstruction took thirteen months and approximately two million dollars to complete, and the renovated Plaza Hotel reopened on December 31, 1982, one hundred years after it was built.
Today, the Plaza Hotel is listed on the State Register of Cultural Properties and on the National Register of Historic Places, and is part of the Las Vegas Plaza Historical District.
Las Vegas has more than 900 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places, and while we did not find the notable Dr. H.J. Mueller House, an 1881 Victorian with an octagonal tower; we did see several beautiful homes around the Plaza and surrounding neighborhoods.


Tuesday, June 1, 2010


The Alzheimer's Association Memory Walk is in less than 1 week, on Saturday the 5th. We are only $120 away from reaching our team goal of raising $600. If you can donate please do so by clicking the links on the right side of the blog which will guide you through the process. You can also click on the appropriate spot on the team thermometer which appears further down the right side.
A donation of any amount is appreciated!

And of course I will be taking lots of photos which will appear on this blog after the event so watch for those!
Thanks to everyone who has donated and for everyone's support!