I had hoped to return from NC to a warm Mid-Atlantic spring, but instead the snowflakes are sticking to the ground. My state of weather confusion is topped only by our daffodils, who exposed themselves in February only to be shamed back into their robes first by March, and then again by April. As an … More Less Freeze, More Trees (Camping Plans!)
I’ve never been so confused about travel-planning, so this is just me trying to work it out on my blog. Here are the competing factors that are impacting our 2018 plans: Lack of vacation days. We moved a couple of years back, and in finding a new job I took a major hit on available … More Overanalyzing 2018’s Plans
‘”Not all those who wander are lost.” ~Tolkien I do not define travel as a list-building exercise where I keep track of states or countries or continents to boast about here or elsewhere. Nor do I believe travel only consists of crossing man-made geographic boundaries. I wander near and far, both mentally and physically, to … More Notched, Part 7: I Wander, but Why?
The U.S. National Park Service made a few headlines this week. After angering its new leader by tweeting actual photos of inauguration crowds, it was then caught up in an attempt by the new administration to wipe federal agencies clean of climate change facts. In its futile efforts to wash multitudes of data from the national … More Support Our National Park Service
The dust trailing behind our summer of road-running has finally begun to settle. It wasn’t that we traveled extensively, but our various summer hobbies kept us on our toes enough to be a touch tired, and perhaps a bit grateful to watch as multi-colored leaves drop in abundance outside. Honestly, I get exhausted by the incessant whining … More Rethinking Winter
Our Jamaica trip is just days away, and I’ve risen from bed with thoughts of packing overtaken by some sort of high-level travel overtones, those which send my brain into a spin. All of this was triggered by an article posted by a FB friend (yes, occasionally FB posts inspire something besides unfriending) written by … More “It *Will* Change You.”
Wanderlust… Its meaning aside, I’ve always loved that word. While exhaling those three rhythmic syllables, it’s difficult to not stare through the nearest window to watch the trees sway restlessly in the wind (as I just did), or to dig up past travel photos, and, thus, past emotions. But really, wanderlust, with all its gut-poking … More Notched, Part 6: Endless Wanderlust