It's that time of year when Richard and I have often been walking a Camino Trail ...or at least planning to do so (2010, 2016, 2017, 2019). During our recent sheltering in place, I longingly reviewed my Camino photos. Many of them tended to look like this: This got me thinking. We already had the… Continue reading Revising our Travel Bucket List: Vancouver Island North
Richard and I recently celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary. For months ahead of time, we began to imagine how we would commemorate this day. We initially considered seeing the Northern Lights in the Yukon Territories. At -17C (1.4F), what were we thinking? As winter began to decend upon us, we decided on an all-inclusive beach… Continue reading Why Celebrate Milestones?
Earlier last month, I mentioned a five-week travel writing course that I had enrolled in through Vancouver Island University. A few commenters asked me to share key takeaways. Here's what resonated. 1. Sharpen Your Hook Think: Title, opening sentence and accompanying photos. A great hook captures your readers’ attention, draws them into your story and… Continue reading Write Drunk, Edit Sober: What I Learned in My Travel Writing Course
For my husband's birthday, I was thinking Elton John tickets. He suggested an excursion to watch a Mariners game. I was sure that I was in for the equivalent of watching paint dry. As the weekend progressed, I realized that baseball is the secondary sport for most ballgame viewers. The primary sport is eating and… Continue reading Eating Our Way To, Through and From a Seattle Mariners Game
Thank you all for your creative and thoughtful feedback to my post last week. As promised, I submitted each of your comments with my assignment. The instructor, and fellow writers, were very impressed by your thought-provoking words. Without further ado, here is what I submitted in answer to the question posed. The Travel Genie Grants… Continue reading Your Travel Wishes – Follow Up
Okay, so it turns out that I can't actually guarantee your wishes will be granted. But, I can confirm that they will be openly received and shared with the Universe. That's the next best thing, right?! Today was the first day of my 'Travel Writing' course. Somehow, when I signed up, I thought that I… Continue reading Your Travel Wishes Granted Here
I may have previously mentioned that our travels on the Via Francigena were all about the daily journeys. As we are discovering, the destination is also pretty sweet! Day 1 When I left you last, Richard and I had just arrived in St. Peter’s Square. From there, we took a glorious taxi to our hotel,… Continue reading Via Francigena: Rome
After a consecutive journey of planes, trains and automobiles (plus ferries, buses, subways, and skytrains), Richard and I are now in Europe. Previously, I gave you all permission to smack me if I dared blog from this trip. I'm now hoping that you don't take me up on that! Inspired by others who are currently… Continue reading Travelogue Fragments: Lincoln, UK
Next stop, England to visit our youngest son, Creighton. After that - Italy, here we come, ready or not! Please stay tuned.
Richard and I are currently taking Italian lessons in preparation for our upcoming hiking trip in Italy. Blame it on too many traumatic high school French classes...but Richard did need to be gently coaxed (read here: DRAGGED kicking and screaming) to join me in this course. Despite this initial setback, we are enjoying our studies,… Continue reading Language Lessons