"Johnny is a joker. He's a bird. Brown Pelican. Riveria de Maya, Mexico. January 2020. A very funny joker. He's a bird. Muscovy Duck. Villa Borghese Gardens Rome. Lazio, Italy. June 2019. But when he jokes my honey. He's a dog. Creighton and Pelican. Oceanside, California. December 2012. His jokin' ain't so funny. He's a… Continue reading Johnny is a Bird-Dog
Longing to travel again, near or far.... Can you name the song title, artist and year first recorded? Billy Joel, The River of Dreams, 1992. Did you guess correctly? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hSq4B_zHqPM Take it away, Billy! #SundayStills#Night See you next week at #SundayStills Colour Challenge: Glacier Blue. Why not join in?
Like so many others, Richard and I have begun to approach our travel differently. This past week, we took a quick get-away to a rustic cabin on nearby Quadra Island. Just a 10-minute ferry ride from Campbell River, it was the perfect escape. Let me show you in pictures. Our Morning Views: Where We Hiked:… Continue reading Quadra Island
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