Archive for April, 2013

Las Vegas


In my novel, Lyza’s Story, I made one of the settings Las Vegas. You will have to read the book to find out what happens in Vegas!

There are many interesting places to visit in Las Vegas. Many are for families.

The Zoolological Botanical Park features animals from around the world. Complete with a petting zoo, African lions, wallabies, emus, fossas, chimpanzees, and many other animals.

Mandalay Bay Shark Reef is an aquarium with sharks, exotic freshwater and saltwater fish, piranhas, sea turtles, Komodo dragons and other species. It would make for a fun and educational trip.

If you prefer an indoor experience the Adventuredome is a five and a half-acre theme park. It features thrill rides, traditional carnival rides, laser tag, miniature golf, bumper cars, midway booths, an arcade, clown shows and so much more. Click here for more information.


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Colorado National Monument is located just outside Grand Junction, Colorado. It took us a little over two hours to drive through it and enjoy the many red rock formations throughout. One of the most fun things was driving through a narrow tunnel carved through the red rock. Fortunately, traffic was light at the time we visited. We could have spent more time, but the road beckoned us to move on to Utah. And, let me just add, as beautiful as Utah is with all their red rocks, they’ve got nothing on Colorado with the Colorado National Monument! You could easily spend a day there with all the scenic stops and hiking.
While we were there we went through this tunnel. the road was narrow but there was no oncoming traffic. I sure didn’t want to get stuck in that tiny place in the middle of the rock.

The area was first explored by John Otto, a free spirit who settled in Grand Junction in the early 20th century. Prior to Otto’s arrival, many area residents believed the canyons to be inaccessible to humans. Otto began building trails on the plateau and into the canyons. As word spread about his work, the Chamber of Commerce of Grand Junction sent a delegation to investigate. The delegation returned praising both Otto’s work and the scenic beauty of the wilderness area, and the local newspaper began lobbying to make it a National Park. The area was established as Colorado National Monument on May 24, 1911. Otto was hired as the first park ranger, drawing a salary of $1 per month. For the next 16 years, he continued building and maintaining trails while living in a tent in the park. Click here to read the rest of the article.

For those of you who are interested in traveling to the Colorado National Monument click here for more information.

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When my husband and I traveled to Israel for the research for my book, On Our Own In Jerusalem, we loved taking tours and exploring the Old City alone.

The first picture I took from the Citadel looking toward the mount of olives.


This photo is a view of the Dome of the Rock.

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In today’s featured video, one can view of Mount of Olives, the Old City, and Old Jerusalem Train Station. Watch as a guide describes a walk on the walls around the Old City to observe the Tower of David and a close view of the Western Wall and the Temple Mount.  You can also see the excavation of an ancient road with exits and remains of ovens and old stones.

Click here to view, it is worth the trip.


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The London Eye

The last time we were in Seattle there was a huge Ferris wheel out by the water. It  reminded me of when I rode the London Eye a few years ago. The London eye has capsules that hold up to twenty-five people and moves so slowly that you can barely tell you are moving. The Seattle Great Wheel holds fewer people, but is very impressive to see from a distance at night.  I rode the London Eye, and hope to ride the Seattle Great Wheel some day.

The Seattle Great Wheel was built-in less than a year, but its story goes back much further than that. Seattle businessman Hal Griffith had envisioned a Ferris wheel in the city for nearly 30 years, but it wasn’t until he realized he could build one on his own pier that his dream became a reality. I would recommend clicking here to read more about the history of the Great Wheel and information for rides.

The London Eye is a giant Ferris wheel situated on the banks of the River Thames in London, England. The entire structure is 135 metres (443 ft) tall and the wheel has a diameter of 120 metres (394 ft). It is the tallest Ferris wheel in Europe, and the most popular paid tourist attraction in the United Kingdom, visited by over 3.5 million people annually. Click here to read the rest of the article.

Take a London Eye River Cruise and see London from a different perspective. Enjoy a unique 40 minute circular sightseeing cruise on the River Thames with fascinating live commentary that brings the city to life, presented by specialist guides. For information on a London Eye River Cruise, click here. The video is worth watching. If you want to impress that special someone in your life, a private capsule might be the perfect idea.

If you are planning a trip to London or Seattle, riding the Eye or Great Wheel would be an adventure for the whole family.

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Good Evening,

Right now we are having a snow storm and looking at photos of flowers reminds me that the added moisture will be good for my own spring flowers.

I love this picture I took while in Jerusalem. The flowers growing from the rocks on the ramparts in the Old City in Jerusalem amazed me.


Here is another pretty picture.


You can read more about our adventures in Jerusalem in my book, On Our Own In Jerusalem.

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Cocoa Beach


My family loves Cocoa Beach in Florida. Today I thought it would be fun to feature the history of the area.


The first non-native settlement in the area was by a family of freed slaves following the Civil War. In 1888, a group of men from Cocoa bought the entire tract of land, which went undeveloped until it was bought out in 1923 by a member of the group—Gus Edwards, Cocoa’s city attorney. The Town of Cocoa Beach was established on June 5, 1925. Gus C. Edwards was elected as mayor and served as a commissioner along with J.A. Haisten, and R.Z. Grabel. During WWII, a German U-boat sank some vessels off the coast of Cocoa Beach.

In 1947, the first police officer was hired for the top wages of $1 an hour. In the 1960’s NASA moved a few miles north of Cocoa Beach and the town’s population grew. Click here to read more interesting facts about the city’s history. 


If you are interested in planning a trip to Cocoa Beach, this site is a great starting place for information.


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Port Canaveral


My husband and I love to travel. One place we enjoyed visiting was Port Canaveral.

We were able to take a boat ride. It was so much fun.


This was our captain at the helm.




Port Canaveral is a cruise, cargo and naval port in Brevard County, Florida, United States. It is one of the busiest cruise ports in the world with nearly 2.8 million multi-day cruise passengers passing through during 2010. Click here to read more.

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My book signing is today, April 13, from 11 am-1 pm at

Mardel Christian and Education Bookstore

4887 S Wadsworth Way

Littleton, CO 80123

For today only, I will be giving Lyza’s Story free to every one who buys all three of the Lane Trilogy. That way you get three books for the price of two and you will have the complete trilogy. Also, I will have On Our Own in Jerusalem’s Old City available for those interested in an account of my 25 nights in the Old City of Jerusalem. There will be a drawing for a free leather-bound copy of Ann Graham Lotz’s book, The Daily Light Journal.

Hope to see you there. It’s going to be fun!

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I will be at a book signing on April 13, from 11 am-1 pm at


Mardel Christian and Education Bookstore

4887 S Wadsworth Way

Littleton, CO 80123


Hope to see you there.

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Daytona Beach


Daytona Beach is an area that is rich in history.


Famous explorer Ponce de Leon, during his 1513 search for the Fountain of Youth discovered the now-popular DeLeon Springs, located just west of Daytona Beach. The city is named after Matthias Day, a tycoon from the north. John D. Rockefeller made his winter home there. While Jackie Robinson played his first integrated ball game there. Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune founded Bethune-Cookman College, now Bethune-Cookman University. She started the school in 1905 to educate the daughters of African-American railroad workers. Click here to read more.

Daytona Beach is also known for its NASCAR history and car racing. Here is a clip from an event in 1951.

Note how the race had progressed in this 1957 clip.


My husband and I recently visited Daytona Beach. We had a lovely time. I would recommend the area for a great vacation.


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