Monthly Archives: March 2021

Watching Over Albuquerque, New Mexico: The Three Sisters Volcanoes

by Dr. Denise R. Ames You can’t miss them when gazing westward from anywhere in my hometown of Albuquerque, New Mexico. They are the five extinct volcanoes piercing the western landscape. Actually, two are quite small, and Native Americans call … Continue reading

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A Pre-Spring Hike in the Whitfield Conversation Area: Belen, New Mexico

by Dr. Denise R. Ames Spring is just about to burst open in my hometown of Albuquerque, New Mexico. But not quite yet. Tree buds are poking through and ready to express their full potential. It was in this March … Continue reading

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The Petroglyphs: Rock Art of the Past, Boca Negra Canyon, Albuquerque, New Mexico

by Dr. Denise R. Ames I decided to hike the last trail, the Boca Negra Canyon, on a separate day, since it required a steep climb up a lava-strewn hill. It was more daunting that the Rinconada Canyon or Pedras … Continue reading

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Petroglyphs in Albuquerque: The Ancient Treasures of Rinconada and Pedras Marcadas Canyons

by Dr. Denise R. Ames Albuquerque, New Mexico, my hometown, had the foresight to collaborate with federal agencies to preserve ancient petroglyphs that were etched onto lava rocks scattered across acres of land on the West Mesa. Three sites—Rinconada Canyon, … Continue reading

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The Petroglyphs: Rock Art of the Past in Albuquerque, New Mexico

by Dr. Denise R. Ames I am tacking a break from my blogs on the Baltic Sea cruise. The last stop on the cruise is a memorable three days in Copenhagen, Denmark. Well worth a blog or two. But I … Continue reading

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An August Day in Northern Germany: A Vacationer’s Delight

by Dr. Denise R. Ames After a fascinating few hours at the Minster Bad Doberan, a 13th century Cistercian abbey-church, our bus tour of a swatch of northern Germany headed to the village of Bad Doberan. A train ride on … Continue reading

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Minster Bad Doberan: A 12th Century German Church for a New Era

by Dr. Denise R. Ames The day before was a relaxing day at sea on the cruise ship Nautica, part of the Oceania Lines. That morning we docked at the small port of Warnemunde in northern Germany. The small village … Continue reading

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What to See at Sea?

by Dr. Denise R. Ames A day at sea. After a whirl-wind tour of interesting Baltic Sea ports—Tallinn, Estonia, St. Petersburg, Russia, Helsinki, Finland, and Klaipeda, Lithuania—it was nice to take a breather before our last cruise stop in Warnemunde, … Continue reading

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Religions in Lithuania: An Eclectic Past and Present

by Dr. Denise R. Ames I stopped at the port of Klaipeda in Lithuania on my Baltic Sea cruise. As the cruise ship lecturer, I gave a talk on Lithuania (see previous blog) and spent some time describing Lithuanian religious … Continue reading

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