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Doting On Boston

Clusters of people – – clusters of buildings. I am home in the city, and everywhere else. Boston: A place where educated meets liberal. Just how it should be —the prefect cup of tea with just the right amount of honey. I booked an apartment in the center of the city: Chinatown. A nice swanky apartment…

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These Are a Few of My Favorite Things: Savannah

It was our annual get-out-of-town holiday event and before exploring St. Augustine, we planned to meet the brothers in Savannah Georgia. You know it’s a great Christmas when you don’t want or need anything. Here are a few of my favorite things from the trip: Champagne breakfast Christmas Dinner at the Pink House– Uh. Maze. Ing.…

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A Quick Trip to The Oldest City In America, St. Augustine

We travelled through what appeared to be the set of Scooby Doo – creeping along the unlit backroads of Florida. Moss hung from the veiny tree branches – like a scary handed monster in the moonlight, we arrived in St. Augustine.  Tourists and beer induced loud-talk crowded the bustling streets. The boardwalk lit the entrance…

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First Impressions of Altanta

Unruly trees clear the way for orange and yellow maple leaves hanging from white bark that line the freeway. Georgia plates infest the smooth tar as clean lines pave the way into the big city. I ride through the city in wide-brimmed hat reminiscent of witch. It’s October. A pecan farm along the way showcases rows…

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A Snapshot of Tulum

I’m working on trying to be satisfied in this moment. I always want to be everywhere but here. My digital images and fading memories are the souvenirs I take away from most of my adventures. Tulum is rustic, untouched and reluctant to change, but brilliant. Most people visit the ruins on their trip to Tulum and…

Useful Ways To Use Rock Coral

The beaches are littered with rock coral on the beaches of Akumal. Coral is stuck in the concrete of lengthy driveways leading up to massive manors and children collect the porous rock like trophies. Rock coral is the skeleton of the once living organism. My home is decorated with pieces that my family and I…

Top 10 Must-Haves for Girls in Playa Del Carmen

Planning on living or visiting the Yucatan? After residing in the Yucatan for a total of 7 months I came up with top 10 must-haves (or have-nots) for Playa Del Carmen. No makeup. Ever. Ok, maybe some lip gloss. If you even attempted to wear makeup it would slide down your face. Natural girls reign…

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Return To Valladolid

Six of us were piled in a cab, drinking beers, the  hot breeze blowing in our face and Mexican music blaring on the radio. We were driving through the endless jungle as the air freshener swung wildly from the rear view mirror. I was dirty. I was sweaty. I was in heaven. We were lost in…

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Skimboarding in Mexico

After watching skimboarders on the beaches of Playa del Carmen, Mexico I knew I wanted to try my hand at skimming the Caribbean waters. I saw a flier advertising a skimboard and went to pick it up. With a little bit of wax, sand and grit, I took to the beach. It was harder then…

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Upcycled Plant Pots

Mexico is famous for using every day items for a purpose. The country is constantly coming up with creative ways to upcycle. After a visit the local plant nursery  to purchase succulents for a new project, I found the containers they were in to adorably rustic and simple. They look delightful on my balcony and…

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Andale’s 10th Anniversary in Playa del Carmen

The music from the Andale 10year anniversary bazaar echoed from my balcony. We walked toward a barricaded street stuffed with people. Andale is a publication in Playa del Carmen. Crowded groups push their way along piles of used and new items. Books, pallet furniture, clothes and godly amounts of shoes. Snack vendors hog the street…

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Destination Destin

There are plenty of beaches in Florida But none like Destin Powered sugar sand between your toes Emerald green water that falls off the edge of the earth A real life piece of art Framed in a window Dolphins swim ever so close to the shore Surfers kneel Sunset is god      

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Manatee Viewing Center at Apollo Beach

Big Bend Power Station in Apollo Beach is not only a local electric company but also a manatee viewing center and refuge. Manatees flock in large numbers to the power station’s discharge canal where saltwater – taken from Tampa Bay to cool Unit 4 – flows, clean and warm, back to the bay. As Tampa…

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Tarpon Springs at the Sponge Docks

Tarpon Springs, located on the west coast of Florida just 40 miles South of Tampa, is a modest Greek town that is home to the Sponge Docks. In fact, Tarpon Springs has the highest percentage of Greek Americans of any city in the United States. The first Greek immigrants arrived in the city during the…

The trolley picking us up in the Garden District in New Orleans. Photo/Kendra Yost

Road Trip from Arizona to Florida and Everywhere In Between

Maintaining Slangshot.org came to a halt as I became consumed with my move to the Sunshine State.  But now I’m back in hopes to shed some light on the gorgeous beaches that surround me and downtown Tampa living. The cross-country road trip from Arizona to Florida proposed never before seen sites, old friends and new…

The Bird Cage Theater in Tombstone Arizona. Photo/Kendra Yost

It’s Business as Usual in Tombstone Arizona

Most teenagers had posters of pop stars on their walls. My wall was covered with gunslingers. Blame my obsession with the movie Tombstone, I guess. My first time in Tombstone was on the way back from a high school soccer game in Douglas Arizona. Our  bus pulled over in historic town for a pit stop on…

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Through the Lens: Ecclectic Bisbee Arizona

On the way to Bisbee Arizona from Sierra Vista, I notice sign that read: San Pedro House. I pulled over thinking it might be a ruin but it turned out to be a 1930’s converted ranch house that now functions as a visitor’s center and bookstore/gift shop. A 100 to 150 year old massive Fremont Cottonwood…

Shoofly Village Ruins in Payson, Arizona. Photo/Kendra Yost

Payson Arizona is Home to Shoofly Village Ruins

Ruins were in the vicinity (as they always are in Arizona) when our camping trip in Payson was rained out. Our wet, defeated selves shuffled into a nearby hotel room with all the comforts of home. The camping gear lay untouched and soaked from the night before at Houston Mesa campground. We packed up and…

The Navajo Nation’s Capital: Window Rock

Window Rock is located about 27 miles northwest of Gallup, N.M., and about 6 miles southeast of Fort Defiance, Arizona, it is just across the New Mexico-Arizona state line, on the Arizona side, in Apache County. From the parking lot, tiny silhouettes of people can be seen hiking within the window taking in the view.…

Exploring Gorgeous Canyon de Chelly in Northeastern Arizona 1/3

From White House Overlook the 80-room White House Ruin, inhabited between 1040 A.D. and 1275 A.D., appeared to be swallowed by the massive burnt orange canyon wall. We hiked 600 feet down to the canyon floor passing smooth sandstone buttes along the way that looked something straight out of National Geographic Magazine. Stunning and unearthly.…

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Lyman Lake Petroglphys Dazzle in an Outdoor Art Gallery

Lyman Lake, located in eastern Arizona’s St. John’s, becomes lower by the day due to a dry season. The lake continues to lose up to two feet per day according to the State Park’s Ranger. From the bank I notice a couple of water skier’s gliding through the shallow water below. Near-empty Lyman leaves wide-open…

A marker for Blue Ridge Trail in Lakeside, AZ. (Photo/Kendra Yost)

Hiking Ice Cave Trail in the White Mountains

Ice Cave Trail set in the White Mountains of Arizona is a refreshing hole in the ground. The trail leads to Blue Ridge Cave (a.k.a. Ice Cave) located off Porter Mountain Road in Lakeside, Arizona. The trailhead starts as a dirt road leads to a vulnerable, picturesque meadow where Porter Creek carves out the land…

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Acoma Pueblo Countinually Occupied for 2,000 Years

Atop a steep, 367-foot sandstone bluff sits an age-old city known as Acoma Pueblo or Sky City. The gorgeous and historic pueblo is a registered National Historical Landmark in New Mexico. Since 1150 A.D., Acoma Pueblo has earned the reputation as the oldest continuously inhabited community in North America (source). At the top of the…

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Travel Snack: Avocado and Tuna

Avocado and tuna: Sound nutritious but not delicious, right? Go with me on this one when I tell you the combination is pretty darn tasty. It is packed with Omega-3’s and offers the “good fat” (monounsaturated fat) that your body craves. The quick and easy snack is even doable on long hikes or road trips.…

Petroglyph National Monument Through the Lens

New Mexico offers many hidden treasures in its culture-ridden state.  Petroglyph National Monument is one of those gems. The monument is an art gallery carved in volcanic rock that overlooks clusters of cookie cutter homes. Within the monuments boundaries sits Boco Negra Canyon, a 70 acre section of the 7,236 acre park. The canyon provides…

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Hopi Petroglyphs Endure at Homolovi

On my way back from attending a friend’s graduation with my husband and son in Flagstaff Arizona, we stopped at Homolovi State Park near Winslow. This was our second trip to the ruins in a month. We ran out of time on our first visit so I never experienced the magnificent petroglyphs that I had…

Kinishba Ruins, Whiteriver, AZ. May 2013. (Photo/Kendra Yost)

Kinishba Ruins Through The Lens

My summer home in the White Mountains of northeastern Arizona eventually became my primary residence to allow for my family and I to travel more frequently. Our Pinetop neighborhood is on the cusp of the Whiteriver Apache Indian Reservation near the Kinishba Ruins which are at a lower elevation of 5,000 feet just outside Fort Apache. The…

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Boxcar Envy and Art at the La Posada Hotel

La Posada Hotel located off Route 66 in Winslow Arizona shrieks Fred Harvey. So who exactly is Fred Harvey? Harvey established and ran all hotels and restaurants of the Santa Fe Railway, eventually controlling a hospitality empire that spanned the region. He “civilized the west” through his flawless service to the railroad traveler. In the…

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Exploring the Homolovi Ruins

My return to Arizona from a four and half month stay in the Yucatán peninsula still had me searching for adventure.  Digging all the Mayan culture left me with a hangover and wanting more. To curb my desire for exploration, I decided to explore relics that were nearby and found the Homolovi Ruins located a…

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Maya, which in Sanskrit, means, dreamlike, the earth, all living things in the Universe must be regarded as Maya, the reflection of the moon on the lake – Jack Kerouac

There has been much buildup of the Mayan calendar ending this year and what (if anything) will happen. I guess you can say curiosity led me, my husband and son to Playa del Carmen. I imagined I’d be much older visiting the Mayan ruins. We arrived in Playa a couple of days before visiting the Tulum ruins…