San Antonio, Texas

Texas has never been high on my list of vacation destinations, but then, as you may have observed from my previous blog posts, there are few places on the planet that I won’t visit. I had heard from friends and family that San Antonio is an interesting place to visit, filled with history, missions, food,…

Tipsy Baked Mussels on the Half Shell

The Pacific Northwest is seafood heaven with a dazzling variety of options, availability and creative methods of preparation. Over the years, I have enjoyed cooking with shellfish and have tried many different techniques. I developed this recipe after finding some inspiration online (thanks to the hundreds of recipes available for stuffed mussels). This delicious dish…

Hikes, Rambles and Strolls

My husband and I enjoy hiking and have hiked a wide variety of trails in our 34 years of marriage. A few of our favorites are Golden Canyon in Death Valley, Fortynine Palms Oasis Trail in Joshua Tree National Park and Loch Brora in Northern Scotland. But our favorite places to hike are close to…

Galiano Island, BC, Canada

Last week I wrote about a trip we took a few years ago to Orcas Island, this week I will continue on that theme and write about Galiano Island. Galiano is located in the Gulf Islands at the southern end of the Strait of Georgia, between Vancouver Island and mainland British Columbia. This large archipelago…

Orcas Island, WA

The San Juan Islands, located in the Salish Sea in the northwestern part of Washington State, are an ideal get away for anyone looking for a place to enjoy the outdoors. This archipelago consists of over 400 islands with San Juan, Orcas and Lopez being the largest in the chain. The islands offer a wide…