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Snohomish is Northwest’s capital for antiquing

Snohomish

Henny Youngman once suggested that you could have a lot of fun by walking into an antiques store and asking, “What’s new?”

If that’s the case, Henny would be ecstatic in Snohomish, Wash., where more than 100 antiques shops are clustered in the historic downtown area. And this is in a community of a mere 5,500 souls.

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KAUAI ‑ THE GARDEN ISLE

Kauai

Kauai

Obviously the pilot had anticipated our jokes about scenes from Apocalypse Now. As soon as we donned our earphones aboard the tour helicopter we heard the stirring strains of Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries.

So with cameras poised like M 16s through the window of our Bell Jet Ranger we proceeded to fire benign bullets of light upon the verdant Valhalla of Kauai.

In our bionic butterfly we soared over the town of Lihue, center for business and government in the County of Kauai and over the lush Hanapepe Valley, with its vegetable farms, sugar cane fields and taro plantations. The starchy taro corms are cooked and mashed into the traditional Hawaiian food called poi. Off to our right lay the beautiful Lumahi Beach, featured as “Nurses’ Beach” in South Pacific. The stunning Mt. Makana (Bali Hai) formed the backdrop.

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Skiing in summer sunshine

Timberline Lodge, Mount Hood, Oregon

Timberline Lodge, Mount Hood, Oregon

To everything there is a season. Except skiing.
We’re sitting in the Ram’s Head Bar of the magnificent Timberline Lodge on Mount Hood in Oregon, watching the Snow Cats in the alpenglow, grooming snows that are older than history.

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California coast harsh yet lovely

Punta de los Lobos Marinos

Punta de los Lobos Marinos

Enormous cloud-mountains that form
over Point Lobos and into the sunset,
Figures of fire on the walls of tonight’s storm,
Foam of gold on gorges of fire, and the great file
of warrior angels.

Thus wrote California poet Robinson Jeffers in “Clouds of Evening” of his precious central Californian coastline.

Punta de los Lobos Marinos, Point of the Sea-wolves, was named by the early Spanish explorers who could hear the hoarse basrking of the Calfornia and Steller’s sea lions penetrating the ocean mist from the offshore rocks.

Landscape painter Francis McComas referred to this rugged coast as “…the greatest meeting of land and water in the world.”

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A chance to go back to ancient Egypt

Egyptian Museum, San Jose, CA

Egyptian Museum, San Jose, CA

The great historian and philosopher, Will Durant, complained that most of us spend too much time on the last 24-hours and too little time on the last 6,000 years.

It is ironic that in the heart of California’s Silicone Valley, whose industry is devoted very much to the future, there is an edifice honoring the 6,000-year-old civilization of the early Egyptians.

Mankind’s earliest great civilization developed about 6,000 years ago in the fertile Nile Valley. Because the soil was so bounteous those early Egyptians had time to think.

This social laboratory gave birth to mathematics, writing, music, art and architecture. An early Egyptian Pharaoh also first propounded monotheism.

The Egyptian Museum in San Jose, California, dates from 1932 and is a project of the Rosicrucian Order, which has its world headquarters and administrative center in the city.

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New Mexico: The Land of Enchantment

 

Albuquerque Museum

Albuquerque Museum

The license plates bear the legend, “Land of Enchantment” and enchanting indeed is New Mexico. The Indian, Spanish and Anglo-American threads that subtly interweave to make up the state’s rich cultural tapestry all have contributed to the area’s food, music, religion, art and architecture.

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Heard Museum highlights native art

The Heard Museum

The Heard Museum

When Maie and Dwight Heard arrived in Arizona from Chicago in 1895, Phoenix was just a small town in the desert.

The Heards quickly developed a deep appreciation for the native arts and culture and began collecting Southwest Indian art and artifacts. Their collection grew sufficiently large that, in 1929, they opened The Heard Museum to the public.

The two-hectare (five acres) outdoor area is a favorite spot for lunchtime picnics and the amphitheatre frequently hosts Native American dancers and musicians. Outdoor markets, sponsored by community arts groups, regularly occur on the J. Lester Shaffer Memorial Green, which is adorned by beautiful bronze statues by internationally acclaimed Apache sculptor, Allan Houser.

There’s evidence of human settlement in the US Southwest dating back 17,000 years. The Heard Museum’s permanent collection contains the most extensive exhibit in North America of these people and their cultural and artistic achievements.

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