After 3 days in Sequoia/Kings Canyon, we arrived at Yosemite National Park, late in the day, on the first weekend in May. I was giddy with excitement, at this long-held dream coming true at last. It was a hard landing. I hated it immediately. You see, we pretty much had Sequoia and Kings Canyon to … More Kings Canyon, Sequoia & Yosemite
Kangerlussuaq, Greenland was not a place I expected to love; it was a place I expected to tolerate. It was the light that got me. I was enchanted by the quality of light in late October in the Polar Circle. The sun takes its time rising, appearing around 9:30, then skirts low across the sky … More How I Accidentally Fell in Love
In March of 2019, I went to Antarctica, with One Ocean Expeditions (no longer operating), and Marathon Tours. It was a once in a lifetime adventure, and I haven’t written anything about it. The reason, I realized recently, is that I simply cannot find words to adequately capture it. Austere, haunting, exquisite, untouched, mysterious, vast, … More The Indescribable World of Antarctica
Harper’s Ferry captivated me from the moment we hit the trail head at the National Park Visitor Center. A lovely wooded trail descended down a set of massive stone steps along a creek and waterfall to reach the canal and Shenandoah river. We followed the river for about a mile and arrived in the 1840’s, … More The Place Where Things Come Together
We were on our way from Copenhagen to Tromso, arriving about 10pm. I decided to get a jump on things by worrying about everything that could possibly go wrong trying to locate our AirBnb. I had a screenshot of the address and driving directions and when I showed them to our Somalian cab driver, he … More 3 Days in Tromso, Norway
It was the end of a long day of sightseeing in Delhi, India. I leaned against the bus window and closed my eyes, letting visions of palaces, forts, temples, and all I had seen that day play like a slideshow. Art, architecture, history and culture swirled in my brain. I was in love with India. … More Do You Remember Me?
I love dogs. I love cats. I L-O-O-V-E seeing everyone’s furbabies on social media. I remember many happy years with pets who were part of my family and still live in my heart. I’d love to rescue a dog. But I am not going to. My dream life of traveling conflicts with my desire to … More It’s Decision Time
Maybe panicked was a better word. Sitting at the computer with my new beau (now my husband) planning our first trip together. I had always longed to travel, and now here, on the cusp of a trip to Hawaii, I was balking. So much money, so much time off work- what if this and what … More I Was Scared…..
(Originally published in July, 2014) That’s me, in Maneybanjang, India, on the border of Nepal, in October, 2013. The whole town had come out to see us, a small group of westerners about to begin a 5 day, 100 mile stage run along the India-Nepal border, in view of 4 of the highest peaks of … More Running the Himalayan 100
That’s what makes them adventures. This morning, my mind is full of images of yesterday’s Reston Runner’s marathon, which took place in a swirling storm of wind, rain, sleet and driving snow….. At lunch afterwards, family members wondered aloud – how can you even do that? ( What they really meant was- WHY would you … More Adventures are Unpredictable