Saturday, September 25, 2010

Petroglyphs at the Arches

These fascinating petroglyphs at the Arches National Park were created between 1650-1850 by the Utes, Native Indians in Utah, and from which the state took its name. The scene on the rocks depicts horses, dog like images (probably coyotes), and big horn mountain goats, that still inhabit the area today.

The Arches National Park is a must see if you visit Utah. I was truly amazed at the wonderful arches that were created by water and wind erosion. The photographic opportunities are simply too good to miss.

Following is a copy of a photograph at the petroglyph site. It shows a Ute couple dressed in their matrimonial garb. This image is the property of the Arches National Park.


Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Camp Site in Gunnison, Colorado

If you are looking for a good camp site in Gunnison,Colorado for a few days or weeks, I highly the Mesa RV Resort. It is exceptionally well run, clean and tidy, and has friendly staff. They have a small area for tent camping, but also offer something new…like a few days in a tipi.There are two for rental at the campground - both had guests.

The following was taken from the Mesa RV Resort’s web.

“We are ready for you and we would like to welcome you all to come and enjoy the natural beauty of the area and remember:

"Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass on a summer day listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is hardly a waste of time." ~John Lubbockon.

Welcome to Mesa RV Resort, the finest RV Resort and campground in the Gunnison Valley.

If you are interested in discovering one of the nicest campgrounds in Colorado- look no further, you've found Mesa RV Resort, formally Mesa Campground. We are conveniently located 3 miles west of Gunnison on US Highway 50 and only minutes away from Blue Mesa Reservoir and Curecanti National Recreation Area. Best of all, the Gunnison River is literally within walking distance from the resort.

Mesa RV Resort in Gunnison, Colorado is a family run, friendly campground ideally situated between Gunnison and Blue Mesa Lake with everything to make your vacation perfect! We offer clean, grassy, neatly landscaped and beautifully shaded sites with full hookup. We have both open and shaded sites depending upon your preference. We offer 30 and 50 amp service, Luxury and Luxury Hot Tub sites as well as a number of pull through sites. We are pet friendly, our restrooms and showers are clean and we have a wonderful laundromat. Last summer we added two Cabins, and two Tipis to the resort. We upgraded the internet service to free wifi and we now also offer communal fire pits and a small playground area. Our club house is well utilized by all our guests for playing cards, dominoes, craft and general activities and we are proud of our new Rec-Hall for larger functions such as our popular Potlucks and evening slideshows.

Gunnison lies in a large valley surrounded by mountains. National forests, parks, lakes and trout streams make Gunnison one of Colorado’s premier camping paradise. Tourists come to Gunnison for many reasons, but all come to enjoy one of the finest summer climates in America. Daytime high temperatures rarely reach 85 and the humidity is very low. Evenings are cool enough for very comfortable sleeping.”

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Phoenix FM Interview

Up with the lark on Tuesday morning for my live radio slot with Phoenix FM. If you missed it, click on the link below to listen.

Phoenix Interview

Monday, September 13, 2010

Phoenix FM Radio, Essex, England

Tomorrow morning at 6:30 AM (Denver time - 1:30 PM England) I have a telephone interview with Michelle Ward, of Phoenix FM Radio, to discuss my latest book, Forbidden. My story is of particular interest to Michelle since the story begins in Essex, and ends 500 miles away on a windswept Scottish shore.
ISBN 978-1-935605-34-8.

The book is now available on Kindle.
Following is a short excerpt.

"..Sawney looked around the people crouched by the huge fire that blazed in the center of a cavern. A large black pot hung from a tripod over the fire, the water boiling noisily. As the clan moved around the fire, their images danced off the walls, eerie, ominous shapes that reminded him of the monsters in his dreams – terrifying dreams that caused him to wake in the middle of the night soaked in sweat. He visited Margaret at such times, and she would sooth him. He knew this would be just such a night, but Margaret was no longer able to help him. Instead he watched as Agnes leaned over the dead woman as she tore the clothes off..."

Read a review here

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Denver Botanical Gardens - Henry Moore's Sculptures

Should you find yourself in Denver, Colorado, (or you live in the area) a visit to the Denver Botanical Gardens is a must see. Currently, there are 20 monumental sculptures of the famous Henry Moore throughout the gardens, and it is truly a wonderful sight. I was mesmerized as I turned from one beautiful flower bed to another, and came across yet another of Mr. Moore's work.

As I meandered through the gardens, I found some workers who were carefully harvesting the fruit and vegetables grown in the vegetable patches. I asked what happened to the produce, and was told it was given to food kitchens or other people badly in need. What a wonderful thing for them to do. To demonstrate how to grow food, and then to donate it...well, it warmed my heart.

Book Signing Event at English Tealeaves in Parker, Colorado.

The owners of English Tealeaves in Parker, Colorado, kindly allowed me to have a book signing event at their tea shop, and what an experience! I looked around the store to see all the tables booked to capacity. Pretty china, beautiful tablecloths, flowers on the tables and the delicacies of clotted cream teas, sandwiches and much, much more, were absolutely outstanding.

The following information was taken from English Tealeaves site.
English Tealeaves passion is to find and supply you with teas for all occasions. Enjoy tea with various foods, at different times of the day, for its health benefits, or just for the pure enjoyment of it. We have a exciting selection of over 125 black teas, green teas, white teas, and oolong teas, along with decaffeinated teas, tisanes, and herbal varieties. We give friendly, expert advice on all of our selections, and can help you learn how to brew tea properly with the right equipment. Stop by and try one of our hot or iced teas in our cozy, relaxing cafe in Parker, Colorado. You can also enjoy the fine selection of Tealeaves premium teas by shopping our new online store.