There Are No Endings

“…there are no endings, only pauses when we look for new beginnings once again.” ~Grace E. Easely These words to a poem I read and memorized years ago always come back to me when I get to the end of something. I think Grace Easely hit upon a genius idea when she realized that every…

Travel Diaries: California, the Scenic Route

My 9-week road trip had largely been uneventful, until the end. None of the things I worried about had happened. My car didn’t break down or run out of gas. I wasn’t stranded in the middle of nowhere at night (or by day). I didn’t have to drive in heavy snow–this was a real concern…

Travel Diaries: San Francisco

One of the ways in which California surprised me was the variety in landscape. I suppose I hadn’t given it much thought before moving here. A number of mountain ranges surround Los Angeles, including the Santa Monica mountains, complete with deep canyons and cliffs that drop off into the sea in and around Malibu. One…

California Dreaming

There is so much to say about California that there is just no way I’ll be able to write about it in one post. I’ve moved to California twice, each time a little reluctantly. Each time from Texas. Apparently, There is no love lost between the two states, especially because Texans think that Texas is…

Travel Diaries: Washington

I finally realized why it’s taken me a year and a half to write the last few posts about my Summer 2013 road trip across the United States: every time I thought about my drive through the Western states (which are the ones I haven’t written about yet), I was overwhelmed by the feeling of…

Travel Diaries: Wisconsin

My first awareness of Wisconsin came through the children’s clothing company, Oshkosh B’Gosh, which I discovered was also headquartered in a Wisconsin city called Oshkosh. It was named after the Native American Menominee Chief Oshkosh, whose name means claw. Years later, I learned of Milwaukee and Madison, as I toyed with the idea of going…

Travel Diaries: Tales from a Campfire

I was in 6th grade when I had my first pseudo-camping experience. My girl guide troop was helping host the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts World Conference. We pitched a massive tent in a playground so we could attend all the festivities without having to commute from our homes. We weren’t out…

Travel Diaires: Charleston, SC

Prior to my visit, all I had heard about Charleston  was that it was historic and beautiful. Having also read Scarlett, one of my favorite novels, I was looking forward to seeing this city that Rhett Butler’s mother lived in during the Civil War. It is all historical fiction, of course, but it certainly put…

Reflections at the Halfway Point

Today marks the end of my 4th week on the road and about the halfway point in miles. I’ve covered over 5000 miles so far and I’m almost done with my scheduled stops on the Eastern seaboard. A week from today, I will start my drive back West. It’s been a wonderful trip so far,…

Nashville

Nashville is famously known as the music capital of the US, but there is much more to this city. I didn’t get to do much during this visit because I desperately needed some downtime after covering 2700 miles in ten days. The city sits on the Cumberland river and is as beautiful in the spring…

Travel Diaries: Salt Lake City

From Vegas, I headed back onto the I-15, driving north towards Utah. I was in Arizona for all of 30 minutes and had to drive through the Virgin River Canyon. Well, desert canyons are now my impression of Arizona. Pretty soon I was in Utah, driving through the red bluffs near St. George before heading…