Nawlins Nails It

We relished a New Orleans adventure in December 2014!  Three nights at the iconic Hotel Monteleone was the superb prize awarded by NATJA (North American Travel Journalists Association) for my 2013 Galapagos story. Previous trips there for business or pleasure took place pre-Katrina. Subsequently, our travel style and focus have transitioned a bit.  Yet this city’s people, culture, history, … More Nawlins Nails It

There’s Something about the Shore

There’s something about the shore-the Eastern shore, specifically. Some call it God’s country. We’ve trekked west coast to east coast annually the last thirty-five years, but rarely crossed the Chesapeake. An invitation to a niece’s Navy retirement on the USS Wisconsin in Norfolk generated a visit to my brother on the Bay. We found the towns of Portsmouth … More There’s Something about the Shore

A Toddler’s Look Underwater in La Jolla

Some travel adventures are worldly and others limited in scope.  In the mind of an 18 month-old, the backyard is fascinating.  On grandparenting detail in San Diego, while our eldest son and daughter-in-law pursued Chilean delights, we sought that unique destination and content which would perhaps rival the backyard. We shared Scripps Aquarium in La … More A Toddler’s Look Underwater in La Jolla

Mother’s Day 2014: my part of a collaborative post In the 90s, we two sisters began jaunts from L.A. and Milwaukee to be with our mom. We were growing our own families and juggled to make the visits happen. We met in Maryland at her home, played Scrabble and went for crab cakes. We surprised Mother, detouring from one of our homes to … More Mother’s Day 2014: my part of a collaborative post

My Maui: 14 for ’14

No zip-line, paintball, or a helicopter tour for me, thank you. Less than four months since the previous visit, my Maui beckoned from the northwest. 1) Humpback whales make us giddy! They amaze with distinct behavior patterns and sheer size, from a 2,000 pound newborn to 90,000 pound adult. Our Pacific Whale Foundation naturalist pointed … More My Maui: 14 for ’14