10 Reasons why Alexa is the best Christmas Present

Are you considering purchasing an Amazon Echo for Christmas or giving an Amazon Dot as a Christmas present? Here are my top 10 reasons why I think Alexa is the best Christmas Present!

Warning: if you have an Amazon Echo or Dot, you may want to listen to these with your headphones on as these videos may activate Alexa at your house.

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Best Colorado Train Ride – Royal Gorge Railway

Royal Gorge Railway cars

Nostalgic Train Ride

Train travel doesn’t usually have the hype and glam of other forms of travel.  Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy flying all over the world.  But for me, there is something nostalgic and beautiful about train travel.  I love to feel the click clack click clack rocking of the train cars.  And to listen to the train whistle blowing low and strong across the plains.  Time seems to slow down, and life just doesn’t have the hustle bustle that is normally there.   It is soothing for the soul.

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I found humanity at the top of Machu Picchu

In the heart of Cusco, Peru, the great Machu Picchu mountain stands at 10,111 feet. It overlooks Mayan ruins (7,972 feet) that were long ago abandoned.   It is known far and wide as one of the iconic sites to visit. It ranks of the top of many bucket lists.  It was certainly the top of mine.  There are limited tickets allowed each day to climb Machu Picchu, the mountain, but I made sure I had one of those tickets before I visited Peru.  It was one of the most beautiful experiences of my life.   Continue reading “I found humanity at the top of Machu Picchu”

Celestial Seasoning Free Tea Factory Tour

Welcome to a magic world of tea!  There is a hidden gem in Boulder, Co that is just waiting to be explored and tasted.  It’s the Celestial Seasoning Tea Factory located at 4600 Sleepytime Drive.    But it is so much more than just a factory.   Actually, there is a tea manufacturing factory, a tea ingredient storage area,  a tea cafe, a tea art gallery, and a tea tasting room. Continue reading “Celestial Seasoning Free Tea Factory Tour”

How I travel 365 days a year!

Wow, you must be wondering how in the world can someone be traveling every day of the year.  How can you afford that?   How do you maintain your household?   Well, it’s easy.  It’s practically free.  As much as I would love a year-long adventure, I am not physically traveling every day of the year, but I am traveling in my thoughts, my plans, my activities, my research and in my anticipation.  Why?  Because….

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Save Me San Francisco – Day 2

I’ve been high, I’ve been low, 

I’ve been yes, and I’ve been oh, hell no!

I’ve been rock ‘n roll and disco,

Won’t you save me San Francisco?”

~ Train

Save me San Francisco is one of my favorites song from Train.  We were only in San Francisco for 48 hours and we experienced both highs and lows (literally and energetically).  Our goal was to see as much of San Francisco as possible in a very short time period.    And we certainly did that.

Day 2 started out with a visit to the incredible giant redwoods of Muir Woods.

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Save Me San Francisco – Day 1


I’ve been high, I’ve been low, 

I’ve been yes, and I’ve been oh, hell no!

I’ve been rock ‘n roll and disco,

Won’t you save me San Francisco?”

~ Train

Save me San Francisco is one of my favorites song from Train.  We were only in San Francisco for 48 hours and we experienced both highs and lows (literally and energetically).  Our goal was to see as much of San Francisco as possible in a very short time period.    And we certainly did that. 

I would normally post pictures of the place we stayed, but let’s just say it was weird at best. 

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All aboard and welcome to my blog!

Lara Coffer riding a snowy train through Royal Gorge

Thanks for stopping by.  I’ve wanted to start a travel blog for years now and I’m finally doing it.  I have recently retired from my day job and I am so excited to have time to travel, blog and explore.

I am a firm believer in Prosperity principles and creating your Universe.  And travel is at the top of my creation list.  I find joy in travel and new experiences.  I hope to share that joy, passion and enthusiasm with the rest of the world.

Please feel free to leave comments, ask questions and engage.

Thanks