I had never heard of Chiricahua National Monument prior to reading about it on my hiking buddy Mark’s blog back in 2015. I couldn’t even spell it, let alone pronounce it or find it on a map, but one look at those gorgeous canyons full of towering columns, and I quickly added it to my wish list.. Then one by one, my favorite bloggers all posted their own account of hiking “the big loop,” causing my anticipation and determination to visit this otherworldly place to heighten. Continue reading
I didn’t think I would blog again. Once I stopped and looked at it from “the 30,000 ft view,” it seemed like just more social media servitude that seems to have taken over much more of my life than I like to admit. I began to question was I still being honest with myself that I blogged solely for the sake of preserving memories? Or had it become a social crutch to keep me from feeling isolated in my chosen nomadic lifestyle? An excuse to spend time on the laptop that could be better spent outdoors or reading a book? Continue reading
During my southerly migration from Maine back to Texas, I had a chance to kick a few items out of the bucket. Here are some things seen along the way: Continue reading
Getting myself down from the skinny green branches of the “tree” that is New England did not come easily to me. As I sat on the edge of Maine’s Long Lake pondering my next move, I changed my mind almost hourly as to which direction I would take. My overwhelming urge was to make a B-line back to the comfort of the Great Southwest as quickly as possible…almost as if I felt guilt from two-timing on a summer fling. Continue reading
Continuing on south down Hwy 100 through the long sliver of the state of Vermont, October begins to redeem itself. For all the autumnal splendor that Montpelier and Stowe were lacking, I find in the Green Mountain National Forest of southern Vermont. Seems the further south I drive, the more beautiful it becomes…completely contrary to my expectation for New England. Continue reading
I’ve often read “If you want to learn about yourself, TRAVEL!” But it seems the opposite is true for me. I learn most about myself when I am immobilized. Sitting stationary at my friend Deb’s beautiful lakeside cabin for a month spending mornings watching the waterfowl and evenings sitting on the dock listening for loons brought about a lot of introspection…a little glimpse of what my life would be like if I were to ever stop my perpetual motion. Continue reading
During my years living in New York, I always felt like my life as a Manhattanite was a little different than others. But then that’s what makes Manhattan so great! EVERYONE is “a little different.” 😉 Unlike most of my friends, my closet contained more camping and hiking gear than it did designer shoes. That should have been a clue.
I was also a proud card-carrying member of the Appalachian Mountain Club. Continue reading
First and foremost, thanks to everyone for their very kind comments regarding my “Canadian Summer Series.” There is nothing so gratifying to one who loves writing and photography than for someone to say “You took me there.” Every last one of your comments were a welcome companion as I charted my solo course through unfamiliar territory.
On a recent visit to the local Chinese Food take out joint, I received an amusing question in my fortune cookie Continue reading
So at last….it’s finally here. After thirty blog posts of my summer travels up, down and around the Atlantic side of Canada, this is my last installment…My final stop before crossing the border into Calais, Maine.
Of all four provinces visited this summer, I spent the least amount of time in New Brunswick. I feel like I slighted it in my haste. But have no regrets, for in doing so I dedicating the most time to Newfoundland. Although filled with beautiful spots, New Brunswick didn’t feel all that different than Maine. Continue reading
As I see it, there are four areas of interest in visiting Prince Edward Island. First, they are known the world over for their mussels…any seafood restaurant or raw bar worth its seasoning will at some point feature “PEI Mussels” on the chalkboard as a special of the day. The second reason is for the long expanse of beautiful red sand beaches, some of which make up PEI’s one and only National Park. The third reason to visit is if you have an odd curiosity about potato farming, as PEI produces 25% of Canada’s potatoes. And the fourth reason would be “All things Anne.” For those who may not know (myself included up until now) the 1908 novel, Anne of Green Gables, which sold 50 million copies was based on Prince Edward Island. A large museum complex bears the title. I had mild curiosity, but no one attraction was calling to me. Okay, well, maybe the mussels. Continue reading