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…

Crystal Springs Rhododendron Gardens, Portland, OR

Spring is the perfect time of year to visit Crystal Springs Rhododendron Gardens located in the Eastmoreland neighborhood of Portland. This beautiful, nine acre garden is currently bursting with rhododendron and azalea blossoms in a variety of brilliant colors. The tranquility of the garden provides a lovely place to stroll and take photos, do a…

Pathways

There is something about pathways that beckon and call to us to follow them, to discover what’s around the bend, or what lies ahead. As if they are saying; come follow me for a while, and you will be greatly rewarded. And the rewards are great. They are often located in quiet places that encourage…

Earth Day, 2021

Yesterday, April 22, 2021 was Earth Day, a day set aside to bring awareness to the damage that has been inflicted on our suffering planet. In honor of this important day, I am sharing some photos of a few of the amazingly beautiful places around the globe that I have been fortunate enough to visit….

Travel Photos of Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto is Japan’s third largest city and is the cultural capital of Japan. Founded in 794, it is one of Japan’s oldest cities. It is the home of temples, shrines, parks, great restaurants, and all that comes with the polite helpfulness that the Japanese are known for. theTravelsketcher and I visited in July, 2016 and…

Travel Photos of Washington State

A few things that have helped me stay sane through the past year of life during a pandemic have been long walks, doing yoga with my daughter (check out her yoga site here) and looking back at photos of past travels. I have a few favorites from locations around the globe that I’ll be sharing…

International Mountain Day

Today, December 11, is International Mountain Day, a day set aside to celebrate and recognize the dynamic ecosystems and importance of mountains. Global warming impacts mountains by melting glaciers, killing off plants, trees, animals and damaging the habitats of the people who live there. By increasing awareness and through conservation, hopefully we can preserve these…

Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens

Like many people, autumn is my favorite time of year, not only for the cooler weather and the spectacular colors, but because it represents a new beginning. And who can resist stepping on crunchy leaves?! I love this quote from one of my favorite books, Where the Crawdads Sing: “Autumn leaves don’t fall, they fly….

Lake Quinault, WA

Lake Quinault located in the southern part of the Olympic National Park in northwestern Washington State makes for a peaceful and relaxing get away almost anytime of year. Located on the Olympic Peninsula, the current lodge was built in the 1920s by the same architect who built Old Faithful Lodge in Yellowstone National Park. It…