Zion National Park | Utah

My First Visit to Zion Although I grew up in Utah, my first visit to Zion National Park did not occur until I was in my early 60’s. We were an outdoorsy family, and our vacations usually revolved around camping, fishing and boating. But our destination was always in the north and/or northeast part ofContinue reading “Zion National Park | Utah”

5 Great Wheelchair Accessible Spots in Sydney

(The following guest post was written by Olivia Bourke, a writer and blogger who describes herself as “an adventurous traveller who simply wants to explore this incredible world we call our home. Originally from the States, I now call Australia my home. I’m loving every minute exploring this ever so scenic country, one state atContinue reading “5 Great Wheelchair Accessible Spots in Sydney”

Old Idaho Penitentiary State Historic Site

During a recent visit to Boise, Idaho for a wedding I had an extra day available for site-seeing. So I asked my daughter, Amanda, if she would be willing to go on a tour of the Old Idaho Penitentiary State Historic Site. “Yes! I love that sort of thing” was her enthusiastic reply. And onContinue reading “Old Idaho Penitentiary State Historic Site”

Sundial Bridge | Redding, California

“A bridge adds energy to the landscape.” ~ Santiago Calatrava, world-renowned Spanish architect and engineer who conceived the Sundial Bridge’s unusual design I was in the Redding area (in Northern California) for a wedding last June. With a few unscheduled hours early in the day I decided to do a little exploring, and knowing thatContinue reading “Sundial Bridge | Redding, California”

Enchanting Butchart Gardens

In springtime many people spend hours outside planting, weeding and tending to their gardens. Whether for their own personal enjoyment or to share with others, gardening can be a beautiful and meditative activity. Although I only keep a few rose bushes and a bed of poppies and Love-in-the-Mist, I am grateful for those who doContinue reading “Enchanting Butchart Gardens”

Healing the Soul at Point Lobos

Multiple Sclerosis is a challenging and unpredictable disease. One week you may be able to get out of bed, transfer to the wheelchair, and take care of daily living activities – shower, dress, prepare meals – without too much stress. And then you may be blindsided with an intense flare-up and need to spend someContinue reading “Healing the Soul at Point Lobos”

Deer Hide Fingerless Gloves – A Gift from the Elks

In late November, 2016, Carrieanna received this letter from her Uncle Ted, a former Grand Exalted Ruler (1991-92) and still very-active member of the Elks:

Seven Years | A Tribute to Rich

(A personal tribute to my heart’s companion in travel and in love.) It’s been seven years since Rich died. As I recently told a friend, in some ways it feels like an eternity ago; in other ways, just yesterday.

Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show | A Rowdy Good Time!

After two days at sea our first port of call was Ketchikan, Alaska, where we were greeted by enthusiastic short excursion guides – and clear skies! (Ketchikan is known for its rainy weather.) After Carrieanna and I enjoyed our “private tour” of the Saxman Village Totem Park, we returned to the main part of townContinue reading “Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show | A Rowdy Good Time!”