Zion… Just Keeps Calling Me Back! (Repost. Original 12/24/18)

I love this place... Zion National Park. Definitely amongst my favorite places in our country. So… although I’ve been here twice, I could not pass up the opportunity to bring John for his first visit. Unfortunately, by the time we got … [Read more...]

Can You Hear Me Now?

Friends… It was recently brought to my attention that my last blog post email link was not working. Come to find out the post had disappeared from my blog… along with three others. The last four posts I worked feverishly to get … [Read more...]

Return to Death Valley

The drive isn’t long… between Lone Pine (Alabama Hills) and our stopping point in Death Valley… but it’s brutal. White knuckle most of the way.  From the time you enter the park boundaries it’s a long, narrow, windy, … [Read more...]

Alabama Hills- A Little Known Gem

A few years ago, while still traveling solo, I got chatting with a couple of guys who were standing at the same vista photographing sunrise in Death Valley. When I told them the direction I was heading later that day, one of them asked if I was going … [Read more...]

Yosemite… Touched by Fire

I’ve been to Yosemite numerous times… always in love… It’s just such an incredible place. We came in via Tioga Pass from the east, which I had hoped to do during my last route down the Eastern Sierra’s, to no avail. … [Read more...]

The Ghost Town of Bodie

Bodie State Historic Park was once a booming mining town… somewhat typical of the way the westerns depict them; in addition to miners and families, there were saloons, gunslingers, and houses of ill repute. Gunfights in the streets were not … [Read more...]

Eastern Sierra’s- Tahoe, Mono and June Lakes

After departing Crater Lake, and stopping for supplies in Klamath Falls, we continued south to Carson City (near Reno). This is the same route I took exactly 5 years prior, making a pit-stop in Reno to visit my niece Madeline, who was in school … [Read more...]

?? On The Road Again ???- South through Central Oregon

At the moment we’re sitting in Kanab Utah, which is central to a lot of very cool places, but I’ll have to get back to those since I have a bit of catching up to do here. This one post was a bit hard to begin, mostly because we’ve … [Read more...]

Sailing Into Summers End

On the morning of September 12th, we pulled up anchor and headed west across Malispina Strait.  At this point we were down to the last ten days of our summer voyage, and hoped to make the most of our time. During our “summer at sea” we … [Read more...]

Sailing the Canadian Islands

After farewells and good wishes to the rest of our Princess Louisa flotilla, we turned toward Desolation Sound roughly 50 nautical miles to the north, pretty much requiring a stop along the way. The west facing harbour of Lund was that stop. The only … [Read more...]

Princess Louisa Inlet… A Treasure Worth the Voyage!

Princess Louisa was without a doubt the high of our first summer cruising together on Summer Breeze. A little more than a month after setting out through the Puget Sound, San Juan Islands and Gulf Islands of Canada we met in up with friends and … [Read more...]

Oh Canada… the Gulf Islands and Beyond

A month after departing Olympia we sailed into Canadian waters! First priority was going through customs which we did in Sydney Harbor. This is a sizable harbor with several marinas and yacht clubs. After “checking in” by phone (just that … [Read more...]

Sailing into the San Juan’s

After our little dash out and back under Deception Pass Bridge we went to La Conner for one night to restock, do laundry and such before heading up the narrow Swinomish Channel, past the historic railroad swing bridge and into Padilla Bay where we … [Read more...]

The Remainder of Puget Sound

          Hidden Cove Marina John and Sadie rowing ashore in Zephyr My kayak hits the water for the first time on the new journey! Add images from phone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!     Cascade Range from Puget Sound Sunset … [Read more...]

At Last… The Journey Continues!!

At the crack of dawn on July 14th John and I began our long-awaited Journey on Summer Breeze. My wonderful team of “roadies” was down to one after losing Jazzy last year but Sadie, who got her sea legs while traveling in the motorhome, was all in … [Read more...]

Between Then and Now

During the summer of 2014, after three years of full time travel… in The Beast… with my “roadies” (Jazzy and Sadie), my father asked me a life changing question. “Can you stop, and help me?” I was only making a pit-stop in my hometown of Longview … [Read more...]

Between Then and Now

During the summer of 2014, after three years of full time travel… in The Beast… with my “roadies” (Jazzy and Sadie), my father asked me a life changing question. “Can you stop, and help me?” I was only making a pit-stop in my hometown of Longview … [Read more...]

The Journey Continues (Part 1)

I’m long past due with my writing, I know. And now it’s hard to know how to begin again… mostly because I’m not really sure who my audience is anymore, and how many have kept up with my time off the road on Facebook. After my long silence how many … [Read more...]

Parting with “The Beast”!

Yes, I’ve been mulling this over for quite some time, and making the final decision has not been easy. “The Beast”, my 35′ Winnebago, has been so good to me! More than 40,000 miles together and rarely a problem. That’s a … [Read more...]

Product Review- Alps Mountaineering Sleeping Pad

Review of the ALPS Mountaineering Lightweight Series Air Pad – Double This review of the ALPS Mountaineering Lightweight pad is produced in collaboration with 3beds.com, where James and his team review and rate airbeds and pads.  A few words … [Read more...]

2016 Journey in Focus Calendar

Back by popular demand! My 2016 Calendar is available for ordering. Remember that they make lovely gifts!  Orders can be placed through the “Art, Books and More” page. (Button at top of Home page.) Calendar cover Interior images … [Read more...]

The Road Home

I can hardly believe it’s been more than six months since my last post. With all the changes going on in my life I decided to give myself a sabbatical from my writing and get settled (3 moves in one year) and comfy before carrying on. I joined … [Read more...]

Top Eleven Favorite Places from MY Journey in Focus

As many of you know, I’ve relinquished my “full-time road warrior” status in order to be closer to my parents in my hometown of Longview Washington. Here, I am within minutes of my Dad’s house as well as my Mom and Stepdad’s, and all four of my … [Read more...]

British Columbia’s “Big Island”

After a month and a half of travel through western Canada I finally arrived on Vancouver Island. (It really IS a big island… the largest Pacific Island east of New Zealand!) I ended my last post with an overnight stay in an IGA parking lot … [Read more...]