Casas Grandes & Mata Ortiz

Casas Grandes (Paquime) & Mata Ortiz                                                                                  $895 Small group tour (minimum 8 persons) led by […]

Copper Canyon train trip to El Fuerte, October 11-17, 2017

    Copper Canyon Train Tour October 11-17, 2017 $1,390 Wednesday, October 11.  Drive from Alpine to Presidio. Breakfast at El Patio. Taxi to Ojinaga. Bus (3 hours) to Chihuahua City. Lunch. City Tour with Edgar. Dinner at El Meson de Catedral. Overnight Quality Inn, close to the cathedral. Thursday, October 12. Up early to […]

Copper Canyon – Batopilas, November 1-7, 2017

Copper Canyon – Batopilas Visit Chihuahua City, take the train to Creel, and then by van to the bottom of Batopilas Canyon $1,380 November 1 – November 7,  2017 Wednesday, November 1.   Car pool from Alpine to Presidio. Breakfast at El Patio restaurant. Taxi to Ojinaga, collecting a tourist via (free) en route.. Express bus […]

Round the World – October 2015 – 23,643 miles.

  lst Sector ALPINE to LOS ANGELES by Amtrak. 1,036 miles. $100. 19. 5 hours. 9.7 c per mile.     With the back fully reclined, and the leg supports extended, using both seats you have a small platform on which to curl up. Don’t expect a pillow or blanket, however.         […]

The Rio Grande: where did the water go?

Anyone standing on the banks of the Rio Grande upstream of Presidio might be excused for asking what is great or wild (Mexicans call it the “Wild River of the North”) about the sluggish stream of brown water flowing by. Fortunately, the brown stream is joined at this point by the fast-flowing Rio Conchos, three […]

Trinity Village, Newfoundland

  Located on the Bonavista Peninsula, 3 hours drive from St. John’s, is the community of  Trinity.   Founded in the 17th Century, with a history of fishing, the settlement has a population of 191 residents. The beautifully restored houses are called salt box houses, with a two-story front and a one-story rear, and a […]


  Newfoundland, coupled with Labrador, is the most easterly of Canada’s 10 provinces. St. John’s, the capital, is closer to Dublin, Ireland than to Houston. The province an island, reachable by ferry from the Canadian mainland. It has long winters and short summers. We don’t hear much about Canada in mainstream US news. Canadians, who […]

Copper Canyon revisited

  Stepping off the train (“El Chepe”) at Creel, the hub of the Copper Canyon region, I felt glad to be back. I walked along the platform towards the plaza, enjoying the moderate temperature. At 7,644 feet, Creel avoids the worst of the summer heat. I passed the restaurant El Tungar, whose sign advised the […]

Voices from Both Sides (II)

On May 11, 2013 a community-based effort in Terlingua, TX, led by local musician Jeff Haislip, initiated Voices from Both Sides. This musical event on each side of the Rio Grande at Lajitas, TX was intended to prove that the border-crossing restrictions, established after 9/11, would not divide us. The event was a huge success. […]


Eating haggis in Alpine, Texas! A Get-Together  for the tour group going to Scotland in September was combined with a Burns Supper, the annual celebration of Robert Burns birth. This was the menu. SCOTLAND TOUR 2014 Burns Supper & Group Get Together Sunday, September 26, 2014 MENU Pâté Paysan (chicken & pork)  Smoked Salmon (peppered) […]