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 Heights

I didn’t visit the mountains in California during my road trip, but I’d been to a couple of different ones before and after. Idyllwild was the first mountain town I visited, just a couple of road hours outside L.A. It was mid August, with triple digit temperatures in the San Gabriel Valley. I thought I…

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…

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: Other Eastern Places

I traveled through a few East Coast cities and states that I didn’t see too much of, so I thought I’d write about them all in one post. Myrtle Beach, SC The stretch of coastline between Charleston, SC and Myrtle Beach, SC is worth a visit. I drove through there at nighttime and didn’t get…

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…

Travel Diaries: Savannah, GA

Georgia has been on my mind since 1996, when I read the autobiography of an author who spent the final days of his life in Savannah. So great was his love for Savannah, and so wonderful his description of this city by the sea, that I promised myself a visit to Savannah in my lifetime….

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,…

Travel Diaries: Florida

Florida was the stop I was most anticipating on this trip. I am familiar with the panhandle, having been to the Pensacola and Destin areas  several times. I was particularly looking forward to visiting Key West, since I first heard about it years ago. Driving south from Georgia, I stopped at the Official Welcome Center,…

Travel Diaries: Atlanta

I’ve been to Atlanta several times, and I always feel really comfortable there; quite at home. Perhaps because I spend a good portion of my visits there with family. This visit was no different. Coming as it did on the heels of three thousand miles of driving, I was ready to lay everything down and…

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…