How do you celebrate a milestone birthday? Last summer as I enjoyed some friend's photos of NYC, I realized that it's been almost a decade since I visited the Big Apple. I decided my upcoming birthday was a perfect time to fix that! I made hotel reservations on Expedia and researched the … [Read more...] about NYC Weekend: Celebrating a Milestone Birthday
As you may already know, Doug and I are crossing the country in a truck camper. I'm chronicling our travels in a newsletter called Big Blue Adventures. I'm grateful that so many of you have subscribed! Generally my updates lag behind our adventures, but this week I caught up to Real Time. In the … [Read more...] about Happy New Year to You!
What have you done to restore your soul this summer? I hope you've carved out a bit of down-time. I was so fortunate to take a 2-week trip to Newfoundland with my husband, Doug. What an adventure! Here are some highlights and photos. Day One. St. Johns -- "Newfoundland Time" When we flew from … [Read more...] about Newfoundland: Wind, Whales, Puffins, Gannets, Cod!
Throngs of well-wishers are waiting to greet the passengers coming off our plane, which has arrived hours late. It is the middle of the night. The press of people makes us feel like rock stars, but lonely, unclaimed ones. We are not Dominicans returning to their families for the holiday. It … [Read more...] about Adventure in the Dominican Republic
I recently visited Greenfield Village, where Henry Ford, that idol/icon of American enterprise, built his own version of reality. The Real vs. the Idyll Ford's idyllic village, set in the 1860s, occupies about 80 acres in Dearborn, Michigan, in the area where he grew up. The time-stamped village is … [Read more...] about Henry Ford & Greenfield Village
Growing up, my family took long car camping trips. My father was a principal and my mother was a teacher, so they took full advantage of summer vacation. All seven of us piled into a Ford Galaxy for trips we measured in weeks and thousands of miles. Our trunk was stuffed to capacity and an … [Read more...] about Traveling to the U-P of Michigan with Elderly Parents
Skipjacks are vessels of a vanishing fleet -- the nation's last to work under sail. So reads the brochure for the Rebecca T. Ruark, a skipjack from 1886 which still sails at sunset daily from Dogwood Harbor on Tilghman Island, under the direction of Captain Wade Murphy. Doug and I took the 2-hour … [Read more...] about Vanishing
Beaver Island is possibly the biggest island you've never considered visiting. It's in the upper portion of Lake Michigan, a 2-hour ferry ride from Charlevoix. After my husband and I took a boat trip in the Thousand Islands (and yes, I'll admit I did post rather excessively about that) we … [Read more...] about A Trip to Beaver Island
If you've read "The Artist's Way" by Julia Cameron, you may recognize the phrase "Artist's Date." It's basically a block of time you spend by yourself to fill up your senses and restore your creativity. Her website puts it like this: Artist Dates fire up the imagination. They spark whimsy. They … [Read more...] about An Artist’s Date
This week we went camping along the Chesapeake Bay at Breezy Point. We had 3 empty campsites on either side of us and a whole stretch of beach to ourselves. It was bliss, except for the extreme heat! I spent the morning and evening hours searching for sharks' teeth on the sand and at the edge of the … [Read more...] about Swimming with the Sting Rays & Other Water Follies
We sat on folding chairs before dawn, in the still-dark. Abe Lincoln towered behind us. I felt the cold wind on my cheeks while I kept my arm around my grown-up daughter, to help keep her warm. In the distance, the early light silhouetted the obelisk of the Washington Monument with pink. We listened … [Read more...] about Easter Sunrise Service at the Lincoln Memorial
President's Day dawned unseasonably warm, here in the land of presidents. So Doug and I decided we should do something 1) presidential, and 2) outdoors. We drove into the District of Columbia to walk the monuments. As they say, whenever you have a good idea, you can be sure a lot of other people … [Read more...] about A Stone of Hope