One of the great things about living near our nation's capital is the chance to visit the monuments. Last October when my parents visited from Michigan, I took them to the MLK memorial. We had the place to ourselves. Here's another time I blogged about a trip to The Stone of … [Read more...] about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. — We Salute You!
A good trip often travels between extremes, doesn't it? We recently traveled "out west" to do some hiking -- mainly Zion & Bryce national parks -- and also spend a few days in Las Vegas. Those are two very different scenarios! In the parks we soaked in the sun, snow, silence, and scenery. In … [Read more...] about One Bag Packing: Zion & Bryce & Las Vegas, Winter
Here's a picture of fall leaves and a Stop sign, from Sleeping Bear Dunes, Michigan. This photo seems to beg for a haiku, doesn't it? I invite you to write one and leave it in the comments! A haiku is 3 lines which don't rhyme: 5 syllables, 7 syllables, 5 syllables. … [Read more...] about Stop. This Picture Needs a Haiku.
Gulls flap. Ospreys dive. Tankers growl. Speedboats buzz. But no motor = Quiet. … [Read more...] about My First Sailing Adventure — Annapolis, MD
I like to keep things simple, including packing, but a cruise to Alaska raises inevitable complications. The weather is varied, and so are the activities, from very outdoorsy to very formal. I aspire to the freedom of one-bag travel. (Did you see this hilarious guest post on one-bag travel some time … [Read more...] about Packing for Alaska: the One-Bag Approach
Make new friends, keep the old. One is silver and the other gold. Our daughter learned that little ditty in Brownies, and I'll confess it came to mind on our trip to Alaska (and not just because of the gold-panning). This was the first time my husband and I have traveled with someone other … [Read more...] about Friends: Silver & Gold . . . & Bronzed?
This book is really 3 pieces under 1 cover. The first piece describes a trip on a remote river in a beautiful section of Alaska, bordering the Yukon territory. The language is poetic and the focus is on the ecological beauty of the area. The second piece is more sociological, describing characters … [Read more...] about Book Review: John McPhee’s Classic Work About Alaska: “Coming Into the Country”
My husband and I were packing for our long-awaited trip to Alaska. People had warned us to pack lots of layers so our bedroom was strewn with clothing, the detritus of indecision. It occurred to me that I still needed to print our boarding passes. I went to my study and opened the airline email. … [Read more...] about Getting Wild About Alaska
How precious to have family time! The four of us took an overnight trip over the Memorial Day weekend. On Sunday we went to a winery in the Shenandoah: Cave Ridge, where our daughters had their first wine tasting. There was a live band playing and the weather was ideal. We lolled about on the … [Read more...] about Shenandoah Excursion: Cave Ridge Winery & Luray Caverns
Last night Doug and I heard a band called Enter the Haggis at the Wolftrap Barns. We had never heard of them before, but we like to get to the Barns at least once every winter. I read this description and decided to bite: Mastering a wide range of instruments from fiddle, accordion, whistles, … [Read more...] about Enter the Haggis
Look what "popped up" in the mail last Friday: … [Read more...] about White House Christmas Card 2013
On this anniversary of Lincoln's delivery of the Gettysburg address, I thought it would be fun to revisit some of my blogposts about Lincoln. He's been a favorite subject of mine through the years . . . . My husband and I spent a rainy, cold birthday visiting Gettysburg, so I pontificate a bit … [Read more...] about A Lincoln Roundup for the Gettysburg Anniversary