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Sunshine Market Souvenirs

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sunshine market kauaiThe Sunshine Market shows up in the backs of station wagons and temporary tents every Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. in a little park in the heart of Hanapepe, "The biggest little town on Kaua'i". Locally grown fruits and vegetables appear for an hour or so, sold by islanders for a fraction of grocery store prices. When fresh, exotic fruit calls, my wife pulls me out the door and we make the short drive from Poipu toward the windward side of the island. The Sunshine Market is not old Hawaii, but it does possess its spirit. In its laid-back approach and in the smiles of the natives who greet us, we can sense something not found in most parts of the isles. ... more »

Playing In the Shadows

This time of year when the sun falls to the other side of the mountains the cold invades quickly, leaving no doubt that the seasons have changed. The sun no longer bakes the house as I work.
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rock formationWinter has come to Evergreen, Colorado. The temperatures no longer threaten the seventy degree mark. Even in the midday sun's warmth there is a hint of deep cold, the suggestion that this is only the beginning of a long freeze. This year the snows are arriving late. It is mid-December and yesterday, for the first time, we had continual snow. It didn't amount to much, five or six inches. It was a wet, thick snow that froze on the roads as the temperature dropped.

This time of year when the sun falls to the other side of the mountains the cold invades quickly, leaving no doubt that the seasons have changed. The sun no longer bakes the house as I work. Snow falls in clumps arrhythmically from the branches of the pine trees that surround our house and beats drum-like upon the roof. As if to provide more evidence of the coming weather we have begun boarding a mouse, his presence announced in the form of an empty candy wrapper in a kitchen drawer, crumbs trailing away to places unknown. ... more »

Quiet Places

Good fortune smiles on the appreciative traveler in the Rocky Mountains and southwestern states. Beautiful vistas and brilliant sunshine fill postcard-like days most of the year.
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Good fortune smiles on the appreciative traveler in the Rocky Mountains and southwestern states. Beautiful vistas and brilliant sunshine fill postcard-like days most of the year. There are places where nature's orchestra is playing all out, across all senses, and, too, there are quiet places where she is playing a simple yet effective string guitar. Occasionally, a mountain snowstorm will offer a brief respite from these splendors, but it lasts only a few short hours on average and the landscape's transformations are, at the very least, as beautiful and inspiring. ... more »

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