Chris Eirschele

Ethel M's Botanical Cactus Garden

Eating Chocolates in Ethel M’s Botanical Cactus Garden in Henderson, Nevada

Chocolate might go with almost anything: Wine, fruit, ice cream, coffee -- but cactus? Yet here I am, standing among the cacti eating gourmet chocolates at the botanical garden at the Ethel M Chocolate Factory in Henderson, Nevada. An old hollowed Read More

Garden Eels and King Angelfish

Finding Water at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum Aquarium in Tucson

We wanted to time our walk to see plants and wildlife early in the morning at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum. Instead, we got lost and were late. When we arrived in town the hazy cloudless sky had already stoked up the mid-day temperature; the hot Read More

Baseball Fans Wait for the Game to Start Under a Typical Arizona Sky (Photo credit: Chris Eirschele, c 2013)

Watching Hometown Baseball at Spring Training in Scottsdale, Arizona

A bright blue sky and mild temperatures: Spring weather in Scottsdale, Arizona, is a far cry from the March snows of Wisconsin, which I once called home. And it's perfect weather for spring training baseball. I donned long jeans, my husband wore Read More

Americqn Alligators Hunt with Eyes Ears and Nose

Communing With Wildlife at St. Augustine Alligator Farm and Zoological Park, Florida

When a close friend asked me to join her in a visit to her favorite zoological park in Florida, I jumped at the chance. I was curious to discover why my well-coiffed girlfriend of 50 years was so enamored with the mostly dark scaly skinned Read More

Burnet Red Foliage Warms the Capitol Dome and Statue of Freedom in Washington, D.C. (photo credit: Chuck Eirschele, c 2008)

Discovering Fall Color Among the Historical Monuments and Memorials of Washington, D.C.

Dusk has arrived and the restaurant we have been searching for -- seemingly for hours -- is nowhere in sight. It is our first night walking in Washington, D.C. and my dogs, to put it colloquially, are barking. My family and I have just taken a left Read More

Geyser Lake at Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum

Tracing Monuments of History at Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum in Cincinnati, Ohio

I slow to a stroll along the two-lane road, which passes under a railroad trestle bridge then takes a gentle angle upward. Gazing at the tops of trees took precedent after all; I am impressed by the towering specimens’ ability to block out the blue Read More

La Posada Hotel Has its Own Food and Ornamental Gardens (courtesy Chuck Eirschele)

Visiting the Gardens at La Posada Hotel and the Turquoise Room in Winslow, Arizona

We have stopped to eat lunch at The Turquoise Room, a restaurant attached to the La Posada, a hotel in Winslow, Arizona. When I arrived at our table, my husband and my cousin were already digging into bowls of The Signature Soup of chef and owner Read More